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Jeff Fisher: Dunbar was “selfish,” hurt the team

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When Rams running back Isaiah Pead was suspended for one game earlier in the offseason, coach Jeff Fisher said he was disappointed but pleased with the progress he saw from Pead in the aftermath of the arrest that led to the suspension.

Fisher tried to find some silver lining to the four-game suspension handed down to linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy, but it had nothing to do with Dunbar. Fisher called Dunbar “selfish” while saying that he hopes the rest of the team learned a lesson about how to conduct themselves.

“We’ve known about it for some time and, obviously, we’ve been dealing with it,” Fisher said, via Joe Lyons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “First and foremost, we’re very, very disappointed in his choices and his decisions. It’s selfish, it hurts the team, but we also see it as an opportunity to learn from a mistake. We discussed it with the entire squad last night and I think everybody understands the responsibility that each and every player has as far as taking care of himself and what you can do and what you can’t do.”

Fisher confirmed that the Rams knew Dunbar was facing a suspension when they decided to sign Will Witherspoon, but said the suspension wasn’t the impetus for the move. He also didn’t seem to have much interest in Dunbar’s claim that he didn’t use PEDs — Dunbar says he “mistakenly” took something that caused a positive test — and said that Dunbar wasn’t promised anything in terms of returning to the starting lineup once he’s eligible to play in the team’s fifth game of the season.

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23 Responses to “Jeff Fisher: Dunbar was “selfish,” hurt the team”
  1. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 16, 2013 11:21 AM

    My favorite coach in the NFL. Titans fans are still realizing how spoiled we were.

  2. ubepunkedagain says: Aug 16, 2013 11:36 AM

    Maybe Peter King should write a story about this. Fisher the big cry baby. Whaaaaa I wonder if his feelings got hurt.

  3. riflemanlax says: Aug 16, 2013 11:48 AM

    Fisher has always reminded me of that awesome high school coach that tried to teach life lessons. Great guy.

  4. sjs5y7 says: Aug 16, 2013 11:53 AM

    Maybe nobody realizes this… but what else is he supposed to say? Fisher is saying the right things. I don’t think it sounds whiny.

  5. dadawg77 says: Aug 16, 2013 11:56 AM

    Not sure if that is selfish behavior as t the player is risking his health to become a better player for team. Wouldn’t that be self sacrifice for the greater good?

  6. jimmyt says: Aug 16, 2013 12:11 PM

    Both Pead and Dunbar had better perform at the highest level or they may find themselves cut. Fisher is a great coach and a player’s coach but he does not mess around and he is putting together a championship caliber team with no room for slackers.

  7. takemytalentstosoutheuclid says: Aug 16, 2013 12:15 PM

    Maybe Fisher can find a way to blame Bernie Kosar for this, too…

  8. stlunatik says: Aug 16, 2013 12:17 PM

    so was he using peds when he wiped out Alex Smith last season?

  9. fground says: Aug 16, 2013 12:21 PM

    “We discussed it with the entire squad last night and I think everybody understands the responsibility that each and every player has as far as taking care of himself and what you can do and what you can’t do.”

    Translated – Do whatever you have to – Take the whatever have to – but don’t get caught.

  10. packerbackernj says: Aug 16, 2013 12:25 PM

    @dadawg77

    OR he’s risking his health to fatten his next paycheck at the risk of being suspended 4 games from the team, which would make him selfish.

  11. w0rkh0lic1 says: Aug 16, 2013 12:30 PM

    dadawg77 says:
    Aug 16, 2013 11:56 AM
    Not sure if that is selfish behavior as t the player is risking his health to become a better player for team. Wouldn’t that be self sacrifice for the greater good?

    —————-

    I sincerely doubt that sitting on the sidelines for weeks after a suspension could possibly be viewed as a self sacrifice for the benefit of the team. The hopes of bolstering ones own stats and landing a big contract are more likely motivating factors. Based on Fishers comments I’d be willing to bet he rarely sees the field as a Ram…

  12. schmitty2 says: Aug 16, 2013 12:43 PM

    Dunbar is a huge part of that defense but is not above Fisher cracking the whip. He will get a 2nd chance but if messes up again he is GONE!

  13. kaepempire says: Aug 16, 2013 1:03 PM

    Hey i cant complain I Thank Dunbar For Ushering in the Kaepernick Era a year early… thanks bro…

  14. eatlessveggies says: Aug 16, 2013 1:07 PM

    Favorite coach? He’s coached 18 years and only has 6 winning seasons.

  15. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Aug 16, 2013 1:23 PM

    Fisher this Fisher that, say all you want how many years has he coached and OOOOOOO lombardies!!

  16. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Aug 16, 2013 1:24 PM

    trust me the titans dont miss him they can get 0 lombardies without him

  17. prmpft says: Aug 16, 2013 1:25 PM

    Man, fisher is just trashin’ everybody who comes to mind these days is he not?

  18. trollaikman8 says: Aug 16, 2013 1:42 PM

    I love coach Fisher but dude has assembled a roster and coaching staff full of hooligans, so this can be expected.
    One can argue that they’re following the Seattle blueprint.

  19. aldante66 says: Aug 16, 2013 1:42 PM

    EXCUSES EXCUSES EXCUSES ” Oh I may have taken something accidentally”. Ya these guys are trying to cheat any way then can to make the team. Stupid they arent. They figure, hey if I get four games and make the team because of PEDS. then it was a good decision.

    I got to be thinking that a lot of the very late rounders will show up on HGH testing as they take any opp to make the team. They really need the PEDS most of these guys.

  20. granadafan says: Aug 16, 2013 3:51 PM

    But but but, Dunbar (or his agent) said it was a “mistake”. You can’t be selfish if it was an alleged (and flimsy excuse) “mistake! *wink wink*

  21. seanpbeck says: Aug 16, 2013 5:02 PM

    Know what else is selfish? Telling reporters to ask you a specific question so you can take a pre-meditated cheap-shot at Bernie Kosar. Baby/Bully.

  22. rmfp1978 says: Aug 16, 2013 5:22 PM

    So Rams have one player suspended now theyre all on peds. Lets see how many seahawks have been suspended for adderall. Fisher is taking the Rams to the playoffs. Im so sick of hearing how dominate seahawks and 49ers are. I believe Rams were the last one to win a Super Bowl. Seattle has one good season now all of sudden a force to be reckoned with. What a joke.

  23. dragonrider2300 says: Aug 17, 2013 6:09 PM

    It is clear that Coach Fisher did not buy the ‘mistake’ excuse given by Dunbar. These players know exactly what they are putting in their bodies – he got caught, and as a result, he probably does not see very much playing time upon his return. The Rams have built up enough defensive depth to adequately replace Dunbar in the lineup for four games – and beyond.

    I also applaud Fisher for calling out Bernie Kosar for his unfounded comments and personal insults that he used during the Rams-Browns preseason game. It is one thing to analyze and comment on the game, but using personal insults was over the line. Were I the Browns, I would make sure Kosar is nowhere near an announcing booth anytime in the near future.

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