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Some fights broke out on the practice field at Washington’s training camp today, and coach Ron Rivera made a point of addressing the matter with his players.
Rivera said he wants his players to know that if they fight in a game they can get penalized, fined, suspended or injured, and so he doesn’t want to see it at practice, either.
“I think it’s a good teachable moment,” Rivera said. “One of the things that I talked about with these guys, about how to practice and one of the sections of it is about fighting — don’t fight. It makes no sense. Why? You get into a fight and you get penalized, you get fined, you get hurt, you can get taken out of a game. So, it’s a teachable moment. I’ll use it. I’m not a big fan of it. You know, back in the day it was line up and see who wins the next play. That’s kind of my attitude about it. I told the players how I feel about it and like I said, it’s something we can learn from because sometimes some of it is if a guy gets into your head and now you’re more worried about a personal battle as opposed to focusing on the game.”
Fights have been a part of training camp since training camps have existed, but that doesn’t mean they’re smart. Rivera would be happy if today’s fights were the last of them in Washington.
Ron Rivera not a fan of training camp fights, hopes players learn from them originally appeared on Pro Football Talk