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After warning from referee, Fisher told defensive players to “crank it up even more”

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Over the years, teams coached by Jeff Fisher have had a reputation for being chippy to the point, at times, of dirty. And Fisher for the most part hasn’t been criticized for his role as the captain of a ship of fools.

One specific scene from All or Nothing could change that perception.

After a post-play scrum during last year’s game in Miami, referee Gene Steratore approaches Fisher and tells him that, between the whistle and the snap, things need to be less intense.

“We’ve got to cut it when it’s cut,” Steratore says, “and then wait 20 seconds and knock somebody’s ass the next play. But not in between, Jeff.”

“OK, I’ll calm it down,” Fisher says. “I’ll calm it down. I’ll calm it down.”

Fisher then gathers the defense together and to communicate the message directly to the players.

“The referee told me to talk to you guys,” Fisher says. Then he pauses, and a look of wide-eyed mischief emerges on his face.

“Crank it up even more.”

The players explode with approval. Fisher then tells them to watch their language, explaining that the referees primarily are listening for profanity and taunts.

There are no further scenes of chippy play, so it’s unclear whether the players did indeed “crank it up even more.” Whatever they did, it didn’t stop the Dolphins from beating the Rams, dropping them to 4-6 for the fourth straight season.

Spoiler alert: Unlike the other three years, the 2017 Rams didn’t win another game.

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  1. imodan says: Jul 2, 2017 3:06 PM

    How did THAT guy keep an NFL job so long? Fisher is by far is the most over rated, underachieving guy to ever hold the title of NFL Head Coach for as long as he did. Of course he’s probably in line to take Goodells place I’m sure.

  2. crp63 says: Jul 2, 2017 3:09 PM

    definitely can’t teach a dumb dog new tricks

  3. motleytrap says: Jul 2, 2017 3:12 PM

    From 2012-2016 the Rams led the NFL in penalties, pretty much the only thing they were the best at.

  4. edenprairieballer says: Jul 2, 2017 3:16 PM

    The article sounds like something written by a person who never played a down of football in their life!

    Telling a team to “crank it up” means they are dirty? Please.

    This is football not balet!!!!

  5. sfsaintsfan says: Jul 2, 2017 3:18 PM

    Take away two second round picks, ban him from the league and fine the Rams $500,000.

  6. nyyankeehatespoliticos says: Jul 2, 2017 3:19 PM

    That doesn’t seem like a responsible head coach. Roger Goodell is all over the players – how about him taking some action on idiot (and losing) head coaches who act like this.

  7. wordsmith513 says: Jul 2, 2017 3:28 PM

    imodan says:
    Jul 2, 2017 3:06 PM
    How did THAT guy keep an NFL job so long? Fisher is by far is the most over rated, underachieving guy to ever hold the title of NFL Head Coach for as long as he did. Of course he’s probably in line to take Goodells place I’m sure.
    ————————————————————–
    Hey, they haven’t let me play HC yet.
    So much for “Nothing at All”.

  8. pastabelly says: Jul 2, 2017 3:30 PM

    Steve McNair deserved better than this guy. Those Titans teams had incredible talent and would be outcoached in the postseason. Fisher was exposed as a fraud with the Rams.

  9. bkostela says: Jul 2, 2017 3:35 PM

    I don’t like Fisher, but this is great.

    Enough with the “spoiler alerts”. No one likes that.

  10. sportoficionado says: Jul 2, 2017 3:45 PM

    I watched a Fisher led team come to Cowboys training camp for a co-practice and not only did they not compete and practice hard but these knuckleheads actually decided they had enough of practice and started a huge brawl to effectively end it. Jeff Fisher had no control or disciple of his team, it was clearly evident on that day.

  11. davedsone says: Jul 2, 2017 3:47 PM

    edenprairieballer says:
    Jul 2, 2017 3:16 PM
    The article sounds like something written by a person who never played a down of football in their life!

    Telling a team to “crank it up” means they are dirty? Please.

    This is football not balet!!!!

    ___________________________

    Someone who can’t spell ballet shouldn’t criticize others.

  12. ncphinsfan says: Jul 2, 2017 3:47 PM

    He should take his son “Coach FoulMouth” Brandon with him! That dude has said nothing that even remotely sounds like advice or teaching of the game. Just another nepotism story.

    As for that game, I now assume “crank it up” means go 3 and out on offense and let the Dolphins have 2 back to back 75+ yard drives with 3 minutes left to steal a win. I am so thankful Jeff Fisher did not choose Miami a few years back. It sucked prolonging the pain with Philbum, but we got our guy Gase and the Dolphins are back. Now if only the Patriots can start their decline, that would be great too. It sucks being in the AFC East.

  13. scmems07 says: Jul 2, 2017 3:51 PM

    From 2012-2016 the Rams led the NFL in penalties, pretty much the only thing they were the best at.
    ________________________

    Most penalized team in the NFL 2012-2016

    2012 – Rams
    2013 – Seahawks
    2014 – Seahawks
    2015 – Bills
    2016 – Raiders

    But hey, you got one year right!

  14. ronnyhanson says: Jul 2, 2017 3:56 PM

    It is sad that Fisher is criticized by Florio in this post, and even sadder that the majority of the comments agree with him. Fisher is not a good head coach. At best, he is mediocre. But to criticize him for telling his defense to crank it up is completely misses the point.

    In simple terms, Steratore told him to have his guys cut out the language/talking after the play. Fisher told his guys to go easy on the language after the play, but crank up the intensity. No coach wants his guys to be less physical, especially when in the midst of a terrible stretch of play.

    Florio’s article and the majority of the comments show how doomed modern football is. It will be flag football in 20 years. Most people in this era are just too soft to handle football, which at its core, is a sport that requires one man to break the will of his opponent.

  15. dukeearl says: Jul 2, 2017 4:13 PM

    scmems07 says:
    Jul 2, 2017 3:51 PM
    From 2012-2016 the Rams led the NFL in penalties, pretty much the only thing they were the best at.
    ________________________

    Most penalized team in the NFL 2012-2016

    2012 – Rams
    2013 – Seahawks
    2014 – Seahawks
    2015 – Bills
    2016 – Raiders

    But hey, you got one year right!
    ———————————————–
    The number of penalties is beside the point. Rams have always been one of the teams committing dangerous and dirty plays.

  16. tjacks7 says: Jul 2, 2017 4:19 PM

    scmems07 says:
    Jul 2, 2017 3:51 PM
    From 2012-2016 the Rams led the NFL in penalties, pretty much the only thing they were the best at.
    ________________________

    Most penalized team in the NFL 2012-2016

    2012 – Rams
    2013 – Seahawks
    2014 – Seahawks
    2015 – Bills
    2016 – Raiders

    But hey, you got one year right!

    Add up the penalties from 2012-2016 and get back to us with which team is the most penalized from 2012 to 2016.

  17. motleytrap says: Jul 2, 2017 4:20 PM

    “But hey, you got one year right!”

    Hey, 2012-2016 means a five year block in time. In which the Rams were hit with 5274 yards in penalties, more than any other team.

    Have a good one.

  18. stew48 says: Jul 2, 2017 4:45 PM

    One thing I wonder about. If all the experts here think Fisher was such a bad HC, why did he last as long as he did?

  19. stew48 says: Jul 2, 2017 4:47 PM

    BTW, please do not use the “garbage” that he had something on his employer(s).

  20. akfinfan says: Jul 2, 2017 5:34 PM

    Oh and the Rams lost that game.

  21. scmems07 says: Jul 2, 2017 5:40 PM

    Add up the penalties from 2012-2016 and get back to us with which team is the most penalized from 2012 to 2016.
    ____________________
    Penalties combined from 2012 – 2016

    Rams – 623
    Raiders – 625

    Anything else?

  22. tripledipper says: Jul 2, 2017 5:44 PM

    What. A. Pig.

  23. dukeearl says: Jul 2, 2017 5:49 PM

    scmems07 says:
    Jul 2, 2017 5:40 PM
    Add up the penalties from 2012-2016 and get back to us with which team is the most penalized from 2012 to 2016.
    ____________________
    Penalties combined from 2012 – 2016

    Rams – 623
    Raiders – 625

    Anything else?
    ———————
    I know you love to pretend that you are dense. What they mean is to take the whole time period. Not the individual years.

  24. scmems07 says: Jul 2, 2017 5:59 PM

    Penalties combined from 2012 – 2016

    Rams – 623
    Raiders – 625

    Anything else?
    ———————
    I know you love to pretend that you are dense. What they mean is to take the whole time period. Not the individual years.
    ______________
    What part of “combined” did you not understand? It was mentioned that the Rams has the most penalties from 2012-2016, that is not the case, the Raiders do. Then they changed it to most combined penalty yards which the Rams do have the most in that time period by 16 yards. So now I’m dense because I pointed out a fact? Gotcha.

  25. dukeearl says: Jul 2, 2017 6:15 PM

    scmems07
    What part of “combined” did you not understand? It was mentioned that the Rams has the most penalties from 2012-2016, that is not the case, the Raiders do. Then they changed it to most combined penalty yards which the Rams do have the most in that time period by 16 yards. So now I’m dense because I pointed out a fact? Gotcha.
    ————————————————-
    Everybody else understood exactly what they meant. Combined penalty yards.
    Nice of you to prove that you are intentionally showing a dense side of yourself. I know you aren’t that dense.
    Yes, you are intentionally being dense. You love to argue a point which is not being made.
    So somebody made a mistake in writing. It was clear what was meant. Only the dense, intentional or actual, would do what you did.
    Are you the grammar/spelling nazi?

  26. dukeearl says: Jul 2, 2017 6:17 PM

    scmems07, btw, I never said you were dense. I said you weren’t.

  27. 33vikes says: Jul 2, 2017 6:19 PM

    Fischer took losing to nearly unprecedented levels. That is how history will remember him, along with his employment of NFL embarrassment Greggggg Williams.

  28. lambeaudungbarn says: Jul 2, 2017 6:20 PM

    He is done as HC, and GAWD forbid not a TV contract!

  29. abninf says: Jul 2, 2017 6:34 PM

    Oh no he was such a mean bully!

  30. grogansheroes says: Jul 2, 2017 6:38 PM

    It is sad that Fisher is criticized by Florio in this post, and even sadder that the majority of the comments agree with him. Fisher is not a good head coach. At best, he is mediocre. But to criticize him for telling his defense to crank it up is completely misses the point.

    In simple terms, Steratore told him to have his guys cut out the language/talking after the play. Fisher told his guys to go easy on the language after the play, but crank up the intensity. No coach wants his guys to be less physical, especially when in the midst of a terrible stretch of play.

    Florio’s article and the majority of the comments show how doomed modern football is. It will be flag football in 20 years. Most people in this era are just too soft to handle football, which at its core, is a sport that requires one man to break the will of his opponent.
    ———————————-
    Fisher’s teams constantly too cheap shots at opposing players. And he had 7 winning seasons in 21 years of coaching. And he skewed the rules on the competition committee to favor his poor coaching. What coach lasts 21 years, has the rules dictated in his favor, and has a piss poor record and keeps his job?

  31. tjacks7 says: Jul 2, 2017 6:41 PM

    Penalties combined from 2012 – 2016

    Rams – 623
    Raiders – 625

    Anything else?

    LOL I feel you think being the second most penalized team in the entire league – by only 2 penalties – is some great accomplishment.

    Original point has been proven. Thanks.

  32. absolutevisuals says: Jul 2, 2017 6:53 PM

    As a football player, that doesn’t bother me at all. I want the coach to say that. Let the dogs loose.

    Sorry, not sorry, you wouldn’t understand until you lace up. That being said, Fisher is an underachiever.

  33. canth256 says: Jul 2, 2017 7:04 PM

    What is even worse, is that Fisher was on the competition committee where I believe they talk about improving player safety. Meanwhile, he was coaching his team to take cheap shots and play dirty after the whistle. Gotta love that level of hypocrisy.

  34. fearsome4 says: Jul 2, 2017 7:13 PM

    I’m probably the only one commenting here that actually watched the game. Interesting note – it was a game in which the dirtiest player on the field was Miami’s Kenny Stills, who ended Josh Forrest’s season with a horrible play on the sideline. But please, the rest of you who didn’t see a down of the entire game, feel free to press on with your valuable insights and commentary.

  35. nhpats says: Jul 2, 2017 7:30 PM

    When you can’t compete you resort to cheap shots I guess. How this guy remained a head coach for so long is beyond me. Of course I wonder the same thing about Marvin Lewis and Mike Tomlin.

  36. vikingcheesegrater says: Jul 2, 2017 7:31 PM

    With the attitude of going against what the officials say, there is probably a spot for him on Sean Payton’s staff in New Orleans. That is a staff that is notorious for breaking the rules too. It’s a match made in heaven!

  37. cobrala2 says: Jul 2, 2017 7:40 PM

    I hope to never see his stupid mullet on the sideline again.

    He liked the look.

  38. ncphinsfan says: Jul 2, 2017 7:43 PM

    @fearsome4

    You may have watched the game, but clearly did not see what the rest of the world saw. icluding this excerpt from the LA Times:

    “Rookie linebacker Josh Forrest was knocked out of the game with a knee injury after a collision with teammate E.J. Gaines as they pursued Tannehill out of bounds. Neither player got to the quarterback.”

    You LOSE Again… AND the Dolphins got Will Hayes and TJ McDonald. If only we signed Aaron Donald too, we would have all your best players. LOL!

  39. bittersportspills says: Jul 2, 2017 10:03 PM

    Too funny, half of these posters talking about what a clown Jeff Fisher was, backed him up after the Vince Young column. You know, the one about destroying VY’s career.
    Besides Steve McNair, has Fisher successfully developed a QB? BTW it took 4 years to get McNair into the lineup.

  40. tonebones says: Jul 2, 2017 10:33 PM

    I’m really not a Fisher fan, and I love Bill Belichick, but the difference between the two coaches is really Tom Brady.

  41. somethinghappeninghere says: Jul 2, 2017 11:37 PM

    Memo to Florio–the game was in Los Angeles, not Miami! And how do I know this? Because ol’ Snoop Dog was in the audience…and, oh yeah, I saw the game on NFL Game Pass.

  42. bonerfartblog says: Jul 3, 2017 8:46 AM

    Most people in this era are just too soft to handle football, which at its core, is a sport that requires one man to break the will of his opponent.

    ==========

    Yeah, wrong. It’s competitive SPORT. Whipping a guy up and down the field is winning at sport, not “breaking the will” of an opponent.

    The whole idea of sportsmanship has been in sports since leisure time and recreation became available to the masses. The team sport, which gave a distraction for the ordinary working man and sports hero to kids wasn’t about “breaking the will of an opponent”. Competition is healthy but these guys aren’t dueling or killing each other in the Coliseum. I would suggest your mentality is more a danger to sport and society at large.

  43. bonerfartblog says: Jul 3, 2017 8:47 AM

    Addendum to previous post. This is exactly why clowns like Fisher and Williams need to be out of the game or at minimum called out for their juvenile mindset.

  44. bonerfartblog says: Jul 3, 2017 8:48 AM

    “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”
    “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
    “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

    Vince Lombardi

  45. dlb1982 says: Jul 3, 2017 9:16 AM

    Judging by the comments I’m one of the few people who doesn’t have a problem with this. Don’t get me wrong I think fisher is a bad coach who deserved to be fired I just don’t think it’s ever good for a head coach to tell his defense to tone it down. I think if they are getting after it and being a little chippy that’s what you want. If someone takes it to far then tell that player you like his intensity but don’t cost the team. It’s a fine line to walk because on one hand you want the D to be ready to kill the other guys and on the other you don’t want them to commit stupid penalties. This sounds like something that should have been beaten into them from training camp.

  46. mogogo1 says: Jul 3, 2017 9:29 AM

    Fisher wasn’t so much a coach as a caricature of one. You could take that scene and stick it in The Longest Yard or some other comedy and it’d fit right in.

  47. fearsome4 says: Jul 3, 2017 10:13 AM

    @ncphinsfan : Oh, so you DIDN’T see the game.

    The LA Times writer got it part right. He left out the part that the collision among the Rams players was caused by Stills, who hit one of them in the back causing the injury. It was blatant.

    This was after Maurice Alexander had blown up Stills, so it appeared to be his attempt at payback.

    Signed
    Someone who watched the game.

  48. quirtevans says: Jul 5, 2017 5:57 PM

    The 2017 Rams didn’t win another game? Who are you, Nostradamus?

  49. phinfan says: Jul 5, 2017 7:58 PM

    Jeff Fisher lost his job after that Dolphin win.

    Pay – back – is – a – YOUKNOWWHAT!

    You come to Miami and have Ross raise your market value all while acting interested in the city and in Ross’ Dolphins and you burn us. Then have the balls to tell people you knew Ross would raise your market value and you played him like a fiddle.

    Burn in the ‘No Coaching Job’ he11. Fins had their payback.

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