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Fisher’s firing opens spot on Competition Committee

Mike Tomlin

Here’s another question raised by the abrupt termination of Jeff Fisher’s employment as coach of the Titans.

Who’ll take his place on the Competition Committee?

Fisher serves as a co-chair of the league’s influential rule-making body.  The fact that he’s not employed in a high-level capacity with an NFL team will make it very difficult if not impossible for him to retain his high-level spot on the Competition Committee.

Fisher’s firing will spark a skirmish for the vacant seat.  Since Fisher’s spot was held by a head coach, we’d appoint Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

In less than four years on the job, Tomlin has become one of the best coaches in the league, and he’ll be coaching an NFL team (quite possibly only the Steelers) for many years to come.  The Steelers are football and right now Tomlin is the Steelers.  He needs to be on the Competition Committee.

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35 Responses to “Fisher’s firing opens spot on Competition Committee”
  1. lugubriosoman says: Jan 27, 2011 11:04 PM

    If Tomlin is on the competition committee, then it’s concussions here we come………

  2. hobartbaker says: Jan 27, 2011 11:06 PM

    Strangely, amid the massive outpouring of negative backlash, one solitary person gave the idea a thumbs up.

  3. skinnypigeon says: Jan 27, 2011 11:07 PM

    A February 2001 article was reposted in the Tampa Tribune that wrote about Tony Dungy hiring another coach with no NFL experience, Mike Tomlin.

    http://www.tboblogs.com/index.php/sports/story/take-a-trip-down-memory-lane-with-mike-tomlin/

  4. lusdawg says: Jan 27, 2011 11:08 PM

    What about Belichick vs (Na)Polian? That would be interesting!

  5. jwil444 says: Jan 27, 2011 11:14 PM

    Well, I guess that settles it then…………could you be any more of a steelers homer?

  6. gochargersgo says: Jan 27, 2011 11:16 PM

    Youre a homer. And a Bum

  7. phishe21 says: Jan 27, 2011 11:17 PM

    I effing hate the effing Steelers. And I hate Mike Tomlin, too. Dear Jesus, please let the Packers win 51-0. I can’t freaking stand the thought of the effing Steelers winning another SB. And please don’t put the douche on the Competition Committee. It would be preferable to have someone on there who doesn’t delusionally think that the league has it out for the Steelers. You know, like in SB XL.

  8. villagoo says: Jan 27, 2011 11:22 PM

    love or hate the steelers, you gotta respect this guy’s no nonsense attitude

  9. freedomispopular says: Jan 27, 2011 11:26 PM

    Good job, Mike. You just opened the floodgates for some serious flaming.

  10. brandonyer says: Jan 27, 2011 11:32 PM

    So let’s give this position to a coach who cannot understand a simple rule/pretends to not understand a rule to back his dirty players? Just because he is a good coach does not mean he is a good representative for the Competition Committee.

  11. nssmuckers says: Jan 27, 2011 11:33 PM

    “In less than four years on the job, Tomlin has become one of the best coaches in the league [. . .]”

    Yet if you read the Steelers message board, you’ll still find a not insignificant population of fans that think he’s terrible.

    I wonder what their excuse will be this time…is it still Cowher’s team like it was in 08? Is it all LeBeau?

    I wonder what’s really going on here.

  12. sportsjustice says: Jan 27, 2011 11:33 PM

    NO.

  13. whocarez0 says: Jan 27, 2011 11:37 PM

    Tomlin? Really??

    The only thing that ever gets called against the Steelers is the “helmet-to-helmet” personal foul…

    With Tomlin on the committee, I am sure he would try and change that, and by “that” I mean, stop calling those personal fouls on Pittsburgh, and call more of them on Pittsburgh’s opponent (like everything other penalty)…

    And why does the replacement need to be a head coach? Why not Dungy? I’m pretty sure PFT would be all for that…

  14. cityofchampyinz says: Jan 27, 2011 11:39 PM

    The standard is the standard.

  15. ravenspit says: Jan 27, 2011 11:41 PM

    Just what the Steelers need-maybe Tomlin can make it legal to have rapists on the team

  16. djeg07 says: Jan 27, 2011 11:51 PM

    hell as much as your in love with rooney why not put him or tomlin in??? does not have to be a steeler man. why not bill or why not reid????? someone with a few more years in then 4 no matter how ‘hot’ they are in both figurative and subjective terms.

  17. tfbuckfutter says: Jan 27, 2011 11:52 PM

    Yeah. Lets put the guy in charge of one of the dirtiest on-field teams in the NFL on the competition committee.

    That’s a great idea. Maybe they can also install James Harrison as fine arbitrator.

  18. akismet-c7ced78fa0ffb62cf23382e052305f29 says: Jan 27, 2011 11:53 PM

    The last thing the NFL needs is to have the Steelers coach in charge of anything other than the Steelers.

    They already have the refs in their pockets, now they are going to start making the rules?

    Pass.

  19. jc1958coo says: Jan 28, 2011 12:04 AM

    belichick on the competion committee !! does that make cameras legal!!! lmao

  20. jc1958coo says: Jan 28, 2011 12:06 AM

    put lovie on that commitee, no bad talking the QB
    lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. jajibokum says: Jan 28, 2011 12:38 AM

    “Duh … Ben is a rapist and Tomlin coaches him so duh…he must be a rapist too. I say no to rapists on this committee”

    No wonder your teams aren’t in the SB. With idiot fans like you, why would your teams make any effort to improve.

    Please keep the rape jokes coming. I am so enjoying your stupid attempts to change the debate. Your bitterness is so evident and oh so enjoyable to my Steeler ears.

  22. FinFan68 says: Jan 28, 2011 12:52 AM

    How about giving that slot to John Madden?

  23. pudgalvin says: Jan 28, 2011 1:41 AM

    I think fans of the Steelers maybe overestimate themselves a bit. No denying they’re a great franchise with a large fanbase. But so are the Packers, the Bears, the Cowboys, the Patriots, the Giants, the Jets and so on and so forth. Steelers fans seem to fancy themselves the best fans in sports, but I think there are numerous other fan bases just as loyal that just don’t have little yellow towels to wave around.

  24. pudgalvin says: Jan 28, 2011 1:42 AM

    Oh and:

    lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. njhitman says: Jan 28, 2011 2:25 AM

    ravenspit says:
    Jan 27, 2011 11:41 PM
    Just what the Steelers need-maybe Tomlin can make it legal to have rapists on the team

    ——————————————
    Just ppl that kill owait thats the whole Ravens team . Get over it already . Ravens fans are worst the the Bengals

  26. hotdog113 says: Jan 28, 2011 4:32 AM

    Come on man, we know you are a Steelers fan.

    It isn’t like the Steelers already get most of the calls going their way already. Do they need the coach on the CC to help them cheat more?

  27. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Jan 28, 2011 5:56 AM

    Now if we could just get rid of Po-lyin’.

  28. mikea311 says: Jan 28, 2011 8:37 AM

    @ djeg07

    definitely not Any Reid, we dont need any more rules that protect his soft players.

    Could you imagine? You won’t be able to tackle a scrambling QB by the time he’s done.

  29. PFTiswhatitis says: Jan 28, 2011 8:58 AM

    “In less than four years on the job, …”

    You said enough right there…he has less than 4 years on the job as a head coach and you want to appoint him to the CC? Gimme a break.

  30. hobbstweedle says: Jan 28, 2011 9:27 AM

    Sure, why not? Maybe he could be the Committee’s go-to guy on cheerleader issues, since that is about the sum total of his job duties for the Steelers.

  31. CKL says: Jan 28, 2011 9:30 AM

    tfbuckfutter says: Jan 27, 2011 11:52 PM

    Yeah. Lets put the guy in charge of one of the dirtiest on-field teams in the NFL on the competition committee.
    _____________________________________
    I don’t think the Steelers are overall a dirty team but he would be replacing the coach of a team that IS filthy so if your supposition were correct it would be an apt substitution.

    I want a strong willed defensive minded HC to replace Fisher on the CC. I am sick of all the rules promoting pass offense. Maybe a strong contrary voice will help change some of that. I would like McCarthy to be considered if it’s an offensive minded HC. Dude is tough, no nonsense and old school.

  32. burghman says: Jan 28, 2011 11:02 AM

    All you whiners that cry about calls always favoring the Steelers need to reconcile your delusions with the fact that we were one of the most penalized teams this year.

    Tomlin would be a great addition to the CC. Not because he’s a Steeler, but because he’s a critical thinker and a proponent of physical but safe play.

  33. Deb says: Jan 28, 2011 1:23 PM

    pudgalvin says …

    I think fans of the Steelers maybe overestimate themselves a bit. No denying they’re a great franchise with a large fanbase. But so are the Packers, the Bears, the Cowboys, the Patriots, the Giants, the Jets and so on and so forth.

    The Competition Committee is co-chaired by Fisher and Jeff McKay, president of the Falcons. Other members are NFL VP Ray Anderson, owners John Mara of the Giants and Stephen Jones of the Cowboys, Colts president Bill Polian, GMs Ozzie Newsome of the Ravens and Rick Smith of the Texans, and Coach Marv Lewis of the Bengals.

    So the Giants and Cowboys already are represented on the committee by their owners. Mike’s suggestion has nothing to do with homerism nor Steelers fans overestimating themselves. Nor should it be about rival fans pitching infantile hissy fits because they dislike a franchise. I don’t like the Cowboys, but that has nothing to do with the Competition Committee. Is anyone posting here over the age of 12?

    Tomlin is a young, respected, highly successful coach in a stable employment situation with a longtime NFL franchise. And since Cowher was also a member of the Competition Committee, it’s reasonable to suggest Tomlin as a possibility to replace Fisher.

  34. Deb says: Jan 28, 2011 2:21 PM

    @CKL …

    Yes, but you are a mature, rational, objective adult Patriots fan thinking about what’s best for the NFL. You are talking to people who don’t care about the game, the league, reality, or being rational. They are consumed by petty hates and are not in your class.

  35. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jan 29, 2011 1:00 PM

    Speaking of sensible Patriots fans, I would like the last word on this topic.

    The pitch for Mike Tomlin to replace Jeff Fisher on the Competition Committee is unpersuasive.

    “The Steelers are football… .” And the other 31 teams in the National Football League are not?

    Arguing that Mike Tomlin should be Fisher’s replacement because he “…has become one of the best coaches in the league…” is no more persuasive than me arguing the same for Bill Belichick.

    The Steelers, like the Patriots, have enough political muscle in the NFL. Let’s give another well-qualified candidate on a less fortunate team a voice on this prestigious Committee.

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