Rivera: People Need to Know: We're Going to Hit You Back!

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 9: A fight breaks out between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers during the first half at Bank of America Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

In what could be straight out of an Under Armour commercial Panthers HC Ron Rivera had a classic 'This is our house!' response to his team's response to a cheap shot on Steve Smith:

"You’re coming into our place and you’re going to come after one of our guys? We’re not going to take it," Rivera said. "That’s just the way it is. This is our house. You come in here, you’re not going to shove us around. I’m glad it happened the way it did. People need to know: We’re going to hit you back."

Even more amusing is all the hot air spent discussing the supposed need of an apology from Saints cheap shot artist Roman Harper. Obviously Smitty has no use for an apology for what happens on the gridiron. I can't believe anyone even asked him that.

Ron Rivera said shortly after being hired he would emphasize protecting the Panthers home field and I think he's making head way. Did you notice that Smitty got up and was ready to walk away after the cheap shot (talking smack of course) but then a few of his team mates finally got down to the end zone (it was a 54 yd TD after all) and they let Harper know they won't stand for it. Then Smitty jumped back in there and we had a full on scuffle. I was very happy to see that!

Harper can expect a fine but I will be perturbed if Smith gets one. How could he not respond to such a cheap shot? Defenders seem to be head hunting Smith because of his ability to take big hits and get back up quick and act like it was nothing. I will never forget the TD catch he made against the Giants...after breaking his arm on a hit. 

So I leave any NFL DB's that will face Smitty in the future this nugget of advice. Keep trying to cheap shot Smith all you want. Just know it only fires him and his team mates up.

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