Cecil says he was penalized for yelling at fellow coaches

During the Titans’ loss to the Chargers on Christmas, Tennessee defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil drew a 15-yard penalty for yelling something.

Cecil hasn’t explained the incident publicly, and we don’t know exactly what the “something” he yelled was. But Titans head coach Jeff Fisher says Cecil was actually yelling at other members of the Titans’ coaching staff, and not at the officials.

“I’ve talked to him and it’s not going to happen again,” Fisher said. “I’m not going to go into detail of what he said. If Chuck makes a mistake he’s the first one to stand up and say he did. Chuck said it wasn’t directed toward the officials, it was directed toward the staff on the headset.”

Cecil has a history of yelling at officials, and he has a history of getting fined dating to his playing days, when Sports Illustrated questioned whether he was too vicious for the NFL. But if he gets fined this week, it will be for something coaches do all the time: Yelling at other coaches over the headset.

11 responses to “Cecil says he was penalized for yelling at fellow coaches

  1. He was probably yelling at other coaches about how the officials are the biggest pieces of crap or something. Ya, thats something he would do…

  2. People used to laud him as a player for being a so-called tough guy but are you really a tough guy when you use the crown of your helmet to spear defenseless players? I don’t really think so.

  3. The refs had it wrong….they thought Tennessee was actually playing Pittsburgh this past Sunday and had to get their quota of flags against any team playing the Steelers.

  4. He should have bee penalized for the terrible defense his team has played for half the season…… People want to blame Kerry Collins for their 0-6 start (he deserves much of the blame), but that D was terrible during that stretch

  5. Watching him on TV I would say I was 99% percent sure he was yelling at an official from about three feet away. His failure to man up about his yelling is a reflection on his character. He may have been a rough player, but he comes across as a bully who got caught and is trying to lie his way out of being caught.

  6. Chuck was a 1 man wrecking crew on the field, RB’s would start to wince when they saw him coming. This guy had no fear & would man-up to any player on the field or any question as a coach.

  7. “If Chuck makes a mistake he’s the first one to stand up and say he did” ….. by claiming to be yelling at other Titan coaches.
    This reminds me of the way Kevin Faulk stood up and took responsibility when the cops found weed in his pocket …. by claiming that it wasn’t his.
    Do NFL players and coaches really know what it means to take responsibility for something?
    When they get busted for something they lie like second graders.

  8. Has Anyone been in a Home Depot and the guy next to you starts to talk as if he is talking to you, and you turn and answer but he is really talking into his blue-tooth.

  9. I wasn’t there, and I don’t live in Cecil’s head (thank god), but don’t you think if the officials were inclined to flag coaches for yelling at other coaches through the headset, Bill Cowher would be the most-penalized person in NFL history?

  10. gforce89 says:
    The refs had it wrong….they thought Tennessee was actually playing Pittsburgh this past Sunday and had to get their quota of flags against any team playing the Steelers.
    ____________________________________
    I heard the same thing myself.

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