Rivera Continues to Emphasize Locker Room Fits

Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Rivera says he would prefer a player that might be a little slower but fits in the locker room versus a guy that does not. Was this a less than subtle shot at former Panther Steve Smith?

Rivera actually uses a NASCAR analogy to make his point, which might be a first

Did Ron Rivera dis Steve Smith with NASCAR analogy? - NFL.com
"This guy may jack the car up a 10th of a second faster, but he doesn't work as well together with others," Rivera said, "while this guy may be a 10th of a second slower, yet he works well with everybody. We're the same way. It's about, 'How does this guy fit in the locker room?'"

Of course this is similar to things Rivera has said over the past couple of seasons. I'm not so sure its directed at Smith as some are suggesting. I think it more reflects his mind set while shopping for free agents over the past couple of months. Regardless some will use the analogy for their own purpose, to rag Rivera and Gettleman for cutting Smith in the first place. I prefer to wait and see how this team performs in 2014 before calling Rivera's methods unsatisfactory.

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