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Jeff Fisher steps aside from competition committee

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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.

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30 Responses to “Jeff Fisher steps aside from competition committee”
  1. It Takes 3 Mannings To Equal One Brady says: Feb 24, 2016 1:12 PM

    So maybe now some of the smart ideas Belichick keeps proposing might actually pass? Challenge everything, more cameras at the goal line, etc…

  2. dietrich43 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:14 PM

    To be on the competition committee, shouldn’t he have to be associated with a competitive team?

  3. mogogo1 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:21 PM

    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.

  4. chawk12thman says: Feb 24, 2016 1:22 PM

    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………

  5. jag1959 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:22 PM

    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

  6. wchadwicks says: Feb 24, 2016 1:24 PM

    The vote was 8-8 to ask him to step down.

  7. codythao35 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:24 PM

    About time, especially pairing with Greg the bounty guy.

  8. upperdecker19 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:26 PM

    His mullet is competing for a trip to the barber…..

  9. markbul says: Feb 24, 2016 1:34 PM

    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.

  10. steelerben says: Feb 24, 2016 1:38 PM

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

  11. mancave001 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:43 PM


    And with the exception of some added publicity appearances and the like Fisher will have very little to do in terms of the move

    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.

  12. uglydingo says: Feb 24, 2016 1:43 PM

    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.

  13. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Feb 24, 2016 1:47 PM

    If .200 is the Mendoza line in baseball is .500 the Fisher-man’s line?

  14. wfi801 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:49 PM

    Why no players ? Seems their input would help.

  15. FinFan68 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:51 PM

    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.

  16. surfinbird1 says: Feb 24, 2016 1:59 PM

    He should step aside from coaching.

  17. THX 138 says: Feb 24, 2016 2:00 PM

    Why is he still coaching at all?

  18. pats are better than your team says: Feb 24, 2016 2:06 PM

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

  19. factman66 says: Feb 24, 2016 2:09 PM

    Blicheat on the competition committee hahahaha. That’s like the SEC hiring Bernie Madoff lol.

  20. jm91rs says: Feb 24, 2016 2:12 PM

    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?

  21. upyoursnfu says: Feb 24, 2016 2:13 PM


  22. corporatemediaprostitute says: Feb 24, 2016 2:16 PM

    If Fisher is doing anything other than carrying boxes, he has too much involvement in the move.

  23. hawkforlife says: Feb 24, 2016 2:30 PM

    It’s about rippin time. he doesn’t deserve a seat at the big boy table any more than I do.

  24. the7joker7 says: Feb 24, 2016 2:31 PM

    Why is Tomlin still on the committee after his Jacoby Jones sideline shenanigans?

  25. mogogo1 says: Feb 24, 2016 2:34 PM

    “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.”

    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?

  26. orangeraider says: Feb 24, 2016 2:49 PM

    Hey Fisher.
    Take the remaining years off
    You are a lousy head coach.

  27. captainwhodat says: Feb 24, 2016 3:01 PM

    reasonable since his teams seldom play by the rules…

  28. bobthebillsfan says: Feb 24, 2016 5:25 PM

    Not a big loss – his teams are never really competitive anyways – usually 8-8 or thereabout.

  29. brucetrimble says: Feb 24, 2016 5:49 PM

    Finally. I’d like to think he was asked to resign from the committee. Fisher and his bush league antics has no business on that committee.

  30. mdintino1420 says: Feb 25, 2016 1:10 AM

    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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