Jeff Fisher steps aside from competition committee

AP

Rams coach Jeff Fisher has his hands full moving to Los Angeles at the moment, so he’s going to take one thing off his plate.

Fisher said at the Scouting Combine that he was stepping aside from the league’s competition committee, telling commissioner Roger Goodell two weeks ago of the decision.

Fisher said he hoped it was a “leave of absence” rather than a permanent shift, with the logistics of taking a team from St. Louis to L.A. gave him enough to do.

The committee has had to deal with some shuffling recently, with chairman Rich McKay of the Falcons was suspended from it for nearly five months after the Falcons were caught pumping fake crowd noise into the Georgia Dome.

The remaining members of the committee include Giants owner John Mara, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, Packers president Mark Murphy, Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome, Texans G.M. Rick Smith, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

30 responses to “Jeff Fisher steps aside from competition committee

  1. Makes you wonder what the real story is. The competition committee only has three main meetings per year: two are around the combine and the third is at the league’s annual meeting. Any other meetings are irregular and done mostly via call, if they are held at all. Nobody is overtaxed by the obligations of being on the committee.

    And with the exception of some added publicity appearances and the like Fisher will have very little to do in terms of the move. He’ll want direct input on some stuff related to the Coliseum this coming year and the new stadium after that but it’s not like he’s he’s busy packing boxes for the move.

  2. He understands the rules well and does a good job of being one of the primary spokesman for the committee…….going to miss that aspect…….Not sure I have a recommendation for a replacement, but I would hope they find someone who not only has long NFL tenure, but no real baggage (perceived or otherwise) regarding integrity………If a team has been penalized to the point of having the representative suspended (Mckay) or loss of draft picks, they should be removed from the committee as well………

  3. Never gave it much thought but that’s some list of , ahem, ‘competitive’ head coaches. Fisher coaches dirty play, Lewis tolerates it and Tomlin attempts it himself

  4. Robert Kraft got himself on the real money committees, and allowed other teams to screw him on the Competition Committee. Patriots beat you? Change the rules.

  5. Tomlin definitely deserves his position on the committee. His role as an Ace special teamer gives him a unique perspective on the game.

  6. Mogogo1:

    And with the exception of some added publicity appearances and the like Fisher will have very little to do in terms of the move
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    I’m not a Fisher fan, but are you kidding me? I’d hate to be the one helping you move. They are moving everything scores the country…offices, weights, game equipment, uniforms, practice facilities and THEMSELVES. Not a lot to do with the move? Wow.

  7. Hooray. Jeff was s0 busy trying to find opportunities to change the rules to suit his team’s needs that he forgot to draft a decent QB.
    Most overrated head coach in the NFL. I don’t know why his owners (past and present) embrace his mediocrity.

  8. They need somebody on that committee that is dedicated to preserve the game itself. There have been too many stupid rule changes that are done for profit but are presented as safety so nobody challenges them. Maybe add a couple long time fans of the game and a referee to that group. This game has lost its history. The intention behind some of the decisions of that group have been forgotten and are now being ruled on in a legal/literal sense that directly counters why they were implemented in the first place. Look at how the catch rules are being interpreted now. It is shameful.

  9. That list reads more like the “Lack of Integrity” committee. The only one missing is cap cheat Elway.

  10. How is that meeting going to go when Marvin Lewis proposes rule changes increasing penalties to coaches that are jawing with opposing teams and when Tomlin is trying to come up with rules to have Burfict banned?

  11. “I’m not a Fisher fan, but are you kidding me? I’d hate to be the one helping you move. They are moving everything scores the country…offices, weights, game equipment, uniforms, practice facilities and THEMSELVES. Not a lot to do with the move? Wow.”
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    LOL, you imagine Jeff is filling his trunk right now with 45-pound plates to drive the weight room out to LA? He isn’t personally moving the weights or anything else you listed. Yes, he needs to move himself but you honestly believe that he couldn’t find a house and still make the whopping three meetings the competition committee will have this year?

  12. They ought to call Jeff Fisher “The King of Relocation.” He was the coach of the Oilers when they moved to Tennessee. They played home games in Memphis for a couples years before moving to Nashville. Kroenke may be keeping him for now because he has experience in handling team moves. But once they are settled in Los Angeles, he better start winning games.

    BTW, I miss the Oilers colors and logo. Too bad the Texans can’t be renamed the Oilers. The powder blue jerseys and the oil derrick logos were really cool.

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