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Ron Rivera: We have to do a better job of keeping our composure

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After his team picked up six personal fouls against the Bengals on Saturday night, Jets coach Rex Ryan chose to compliment his team for sticking up for one another rather than castigate them for their lack of discipline.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera is taking a different approach to similar issues with his team. Rivera pulled cornerback Josh Norman from the game after he got into a heated but unpenalized conversation with Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and dressed down wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin after he drew a penalty for head-butting cornerback Chris Owens after a play. Rivera referenced their playoff loss to the 49ers last year, which featured three costly personal fouls against Carolina, as the reason for his reaction.

“What we want guys to understand is that we have to maintain our composure on the football field. That’s why we lost in the playoffs. It started with me. I made the mistake of getting caught up in that emotion. We have to learn how to control that,” Rivera said, via ESPN.com. “If we’re going to be a playoff team, we’ve got to do those things the right way and we’ve got to be able to handle it. When we see it, we pull guys to the side and try to get that corrected. We’re not going to play that way. We’re going to play smart football.”

The Panthers won five one-score games during their 7-1 close to the regular season in 2013, allowing them to win the division, and penalties can be particularly damaging when you’re playing with a small margin for error. You are never going to be able to eliminate penalties completely, but you can address the avoidable ones early and often to make sure players know that they can’t remain on the field if they shoot the team in the foot.

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11 Responses to “Ron Rivera: We have to do a better job of keeping our composure”
  1. pilot2011 says: Aug 18, 2014 2:00 PM

    I believe that was Josh Norman that got pulled from the game, not Josh Thomas.

    BTW, Ron Rivera is a heck of a coach. Why did he get canned from the Bears again?

  2. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 18, 2014 2:08 PM

    I’ll never forget how Carolina was manhandling the 49ers in last year’s playoffs … and then those flags started flying.

    - Titans Fan

  3. angrylionsfan says: Aug 18, 2014 2:14 PM

    Good for Rivera for actually trying to discipline and control his players. The Lions would have been a much better team the last few years if Schwartz would have made his players accountable. Hopefully Caldwell can.

  4. craniator says: Aug 18, 2014 2:47 PM

    What this tells us is that Ron Rivera is a better coach than Rex Ryan.

  5. dalcow4 says: Aug 18, 2014 2:50 PM

    Wait til they get into the season– if they win 8 games this year I’ll be shocked– as it starts to fall apart they will start blaming each other and melting down. Rivera will have his hands full.

  6. greenwhodat26 says: Aug 18, 2014 2:56 PM

    Ron Rivera has had ONE good season. Adding to that, after five weeks last season he looked like he would be a fired one at the end of the season. He’s ok, until he strings more than ONE good season together.

  7. greenwhodat26 says: Aug 18, 2014 2:57 PM

    Rex Ryan almost had his team in the SuperBowl two years in a row. Rivera isn’t even close to that.

  8. junkmtb says: Aug 18, 2014 3:07 PM

    Cant disagree with a coach wanting to control players actions on the field!!! Much respect for Riverboat Ron!!!

  9. goldbloodedindfw says: Aug 18, 2014 3:11 PM

    Reminds me of that scene with will ferrell from old school…

  10. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 18, 2014 3:14 PM

    I wonder if this is one of the reasons Steve Smith is gone? He was an emotional player for sure. A coach can shut down that stuff too much if not careful.

  11. thedownwardspiral says: Aug 19, 2014 6:24 AM

    Don’t worry, Ron. You’re not a playoff team.

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