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Jeff Fisher: Call to rush kneeldown didn’t come from sideline

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 16: Head coach Jeff Fisher of the Los Angeles Rams watches his team against the Detroit Lions during first half action at Ford Field on October 16, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Getty Images

Lions coach Jim Caldwell opted not to offer any criticism of the Rams defense rushing the Lions offensive line on a pair of kneeldowns at the end of Sunday’s game between the two teams, which may have had something to do with a conversation Caldwell had with Rams coach Jeff Fisher after the game.

Fisher said Monday that the team’s coaches didn’t instruct the defensive line to fire off the ball into the Lions and that he thought it came from players frustrated by something involving Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald during the game.

“There’s been some criticism with respect to that,” Fisher said, via Alden Gonzalez of “This approach did not come from the sideline. It was not a call. It was not something that we practiced, or that we preach. I think it was a byproduct of frustration, some things that Aaron endured during the game, and the players took it on themselves to do it. We’ll address it. I talked to coach Caldwell after the game and apologized and said I’d get to the bottom of it. The game’s over, the game’s over. Pay respect to your opponent. But you guys don’t realize all the stuff that goes on inside, up front, between the offensive linemen and the defensive linemen. We’ll address it, and it’s unlikely it’ll happen again.”

Donald said after the game, via, that the Lions offensive linemen “did a lot of things” without pointing to anything specific that would have set him or his teammates off.

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25 Responses to “Jeff Fisher: Call to rush kneeldown didn’t come from sideline”
  1. bigotshamer says: Oct 17, 2016 4:17 PM

    If this is true, and where Fisher and Williams are concerned it is highly unlikely, then Fisher should be fired immediately for lack of leadership. He’s either a bad leader or a bad liar.

  2. dansardo says: Oct 17, 2016 4:23 PM

    On another topic not completely unrelated to a HC that has no idea why his players would be doing something on the field, why is Jeff Fisher still a HC in the NFL?

    Does the owner of the rams really think having a HC that whose speciality is coming up with a 5 year plan to build an 8-8 team is really the best thing for the franchise or its fans or,

    does the owner even give a damn as long as he thinks his profits aren’t being seriously compromised?

  3. pats777 says: Oct 17, 2016 4:32 PM

    I knew it. There was a tie for most the most QB hits bounty and they had to break the tie before the game ended.

  4. ee00ee says: Oct 17, 2016 4:38 PM

    Donald was just mad the Lions that they’d value Ebron over him and this was the only way he could take it out on them. You have to admire the rest of the D for sticking to him for this small bit of vengeance.

  5. MichaelEdits says: Oct 17, 2016 4:45 PM

    Way to go, coach. Throw the whole team under the bus, and pretend that their alleged insubordination doesn’t reflect badly on you. You need to meet Rodney Harrison in the Oklahoma Drill.

  6. madmax80 says: Oct 17, 2016 4:45 PM

    If there is one thing Jeff Fisher knows how to do, it’s lose.

    157 and counting . . . .

  7. chicagosportsfan11 says: Oct 17, 2016 4:46 PM

    Williams had $500 on any o-lineman’s ankle

  8. orivar says: Oct 17, 2016 4:49 PM

    As a football player I can’t stand by that quote, “the game’s over, the game’s over. Pay respect to your opponent.”

    The game is over when the the clock is 00:00 and the whistle is blown. Until then, there’s no respect.

  9. grumpysal says: Oct 17, 2016 4:50 PM

    “He’s either a bad leader or a bad liar.”

    I’d say he’s both.

  10. tajuara says: Oct 17, 2016 4:50 PM

    If you are deep in the hole, stop digging.

  11. ncfloyd says: Oct 17, 2016 4:57 PM

    I’m disappointed PFT. This was a softball for a “did you order the code red?” reference.

  12. patfanken says: Oct 17, 2016 4:59 PM

    When he was with the Titans the Fisher/Williams combination led the league in cheap shots. His remarks are once again self serving.

    Here’s a one finger salute to the NFL HC LEAST deserving to have that title. Never has someone done less with more.

  13. ripleyray says: Oct 17, 2016 5:05 PM

    Does anyone really believe it is just a coincidence and surprise that a Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams’ coached team pulled this kind of cheap shot?

  14. nizzeldizzel says: Oct 17, 2016 5:22 PM

    Game wasn’t over. What’s the big deal. They are paid to play, so play.

  15. kcflake says: Oct 17, 2016 5:42 PM

    The Rams are Punks, from the Players to the Coaches to the GM and Owner.

  16. pastabelly says: Oct 17, 2016 5:48 PM

    Put him on the stand. He called for that Code Red.

  17. billiam40 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:43 PM

    So, he talked to Caldwell after the game and told him it wasn’t a call from the sideline, huh? Then why did Caldwell say, “Guys coach how they want to coach, it’s their business.” Doesn’t sound like something you would say if the other coach had apologized for it and said he didn’t make the call.

  18. charger383 says: Oct 17, 2016 11:11 PM

    don’t belive him

  19. ramokowski says: Oct 18, 2016 12:00 AM

    This team is a house of cards and clearly, all of those whining about Jeff Fisher are blaming the wrong guy. This team has zero depth at most positions, so when a starter goes out, the next man up was likely on the practice squad. With starters out, this team simply can’t compete. So instead of Fisher, maybe it’s time Snead got the ax? He has brought little depth to this team and gone after zero quality free agents (Sensabaugh, seriously?) and made questionable trade deal as of late.

  20. zygizag says: Oct 18, 2016 2:14 AM

    Smell like poo
    Looks like poo
    Guess what it is ?

  21. daramsman says: Oct 18, 2016 10:55 AM

    This is Jeff Fisher’s team. Period. GM Snead is a glorified scout. Fisher has final say on ALL decisions. He was the one that hand pickled Snead.

  22. joecool16 says: Oct 18, 2016 11:14 AM

    He’s a big liar. He’s team have been involved in dirty play in the past. I don’t believe him one bit.

  23. controlaltdeletedeletedelete says: Oct 19, 2016 12:15 AM

    Does that mean Gregg Williams wasn’t on the sideline when he called it? And how much was the bounty?

  24. mongo3401 says: Oct 19, 2016 10:55 AM

    Donald has been held back two weeks in a row. Against Buffalo he had a total of two tackles. Good player but I think Greg Williams is getting in the plAyers head to seek revenge on opponents. Not good for a young outstanding player like Donald. Greg Williams is not the right person to tutor a player of this caliber

  25. franktown8 says: Oct 19, 2016 1:56 PM

    Play hard until triple zero’s. If fired off the snap and the lions be not playing as hard, maybe a fumble… We know this is the lions..

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