Ron Rivera bans ping pong, winning to commence

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Ron Rivera has found the problem.

The new Washington coach has taken his first step toward the culture-change which every coaching change requires, by moving some furniture.

According to J.P. Finlay of NBCSportsWashington.com, the ping pong table has been removed from the locker room, along with the shuffleboard table which players used to entertain themselves.

Clearly, that was the problem in Washington, where the team hasn’t won a playoff game since 2005.

This is all part of the last-guy-fat/next-guy-skinny dynamic which is seen in practically every coaching change in the NFL.

Disciplinarians are fired when they eventually lose the locker room, and they are replaced by player’s coaches who are fired when they eventually don’t foster an atmosphere of accountability.

The ping pong table comes, the ping pong table goes, and the cycle continues.

43 responses to “Ron Rivera bans ping pong, winning to commence

  1. When do the players have time to play ping pong,do they come in early to practice to play? do they play after practice when they should be too tired? do they play before home games? its a big money business in which they get paid big money,they should take football serious not ping pong games.

  2. Antiquated moves like this that will cause Rivera to quickly lose the players respect. What in the world difference does it make to have some stress relief mechanisms in the locker room. Playing to the “have to be tough on the players” crowd instead of employing modern day motivational techniques is not a winning formula.

  3. What in the hell is a ping pong table and shuffleboard doing in a locker room anyway?! I thought locker rooms were for changing into football gear, storing gear, preparing for the game, taking showers, etc., not entertainment?

  4. I see no problem having some games in the players lounge that are a part of most locker rooms. Is Riverboat Ron going to outlaw cards as well? A power trip is never a good first impression.

    I wonder if they had a 22 foot shuffleboard table like mine.

    I’m not big on ping pong. I am all about pinball machines and full size classic arcade games. I have several of both

    My wife hates both the shuffleboard table and the pinball and arcade games. Oh well.šŸ˜

  5. We had a ping pong table at work and you could never get any IT help because they were off playing ping pong, it was taken away and so did many of them…you play on your time not the employers time…glad it’s gone, the new sheriff in town has made his first statement.

  6. I’m not sure if that was the best thing to do. If guys are trying to figure out what kind of leader you are it’s usually not a good idea to be a hard-case right off the bat. I don’t think that’s the best way to win over that locker room. Given how little those Washington players care in the first place, he’s probably already lost that team. I predict Ron’s stay in Washington will be shorter than a one-term Senator.

  7. “I don’t why you are mocking him for installation of discipline”.

    We’re mocking him because it is a silly gesture. Please explain how removing a ping-pong table has anything to do with instilling discipline.

  8. I don’t believe Rivera lost the respect of the players in Carolina and they played hard for him up until he was fired (prematurely I felt.) I also think he built and maintained a solid culture within that locker room throughout a fair amount of turmoil (sale of the team amid controversy.) I think he’s earned the benefit of the doubt when it comes to changing the locker room and culture of a franchise as disasterously dysfunctional as Washington has been for the last couple of decades.

  9. I don’t think some of you understand that players are at the facility long hours 7 days a week from the beginning of camp to whenever their season ends.

    There is some down time in between meetings, working out, and practice.

    I would not want my team never taking some time to enjoy themselves during the day.

  10. A gently used ping pong table just popped on the Redskins Facebook Marketpalce. It could be yours for $250 cash. Must haul today. Price is firm. LOL

  11. billh1947 says:
    January 3, 2020 at 10:46 am
    When do the players have time to play ping pong,do they come in early to practice to play? do they play after practice when they should be too tired? do they play before home games? its a big money business in which they get paid big money,they should take football serious not ping pong games.
    ————

    If players were playing ping pong when they were supposed to be practicing, the ping pong table was not the problem.

  12. Play time is over for the loafs in that locker room, for the first time in a long time they have an actual adult in the room.

  13. Teams provide activities like this for players as a way to encourage them to spend more time at the facility with their team mates. Nobody is “loafing around” playing ping pong when they are supposed to be working.

    Someone mentioned that the Patriots don’t have games in their locker room. I have never been in the actual locker room, but I have been to their facility many times for work. Believe me, that have lots of stuff for their players to do when they are not practicing/working out to encourage them to hang around.

  14. a break down of every successful NFL teams Ping Pong status would be great…much appreciatedā€¦thanx!

  15. Well aren’t you a real Debbie Downer. You’ll probably be the first to pump their pom poms when Ron brings you to the playoffs.

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