• Rivera holds nothing against Smith

    Summary of 3 articles · Updated Jan 3, 2014
    Smith also texted Rivera after the Panthers won the NFC South in last week’s win at Atlanta, Rivera said. Rivera said Smith texted him when the Panthers were 1-3 following the Week 5 loss at Arizona and wished Rivera coach well. As the head coach of the Chicago Bears , Smith didn't renew Rivera's contract as defensive coordinator after the 2006 season. So while they might not be BFFs, Rivera sent Smith a text Thursday morning to congratulate him on his new job, and said he had received texts from Smith wishing him well after a 1-3 start, as well as after the Panthers won the NFC South title last week. He even offered to share a text Smith sent him when Carolina was struggling at 1-3 to prove the two have remained friends. The big thing is if you keep this business, in my opinion, in perspective to what it is and stay focused on what it truly is and what it truly is about, you come out of this a better person.
    Source: ESPN.com
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