All or Nothing shields much of Jeff Fisher’s firing from view

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The second season of Amazon’s All or Nothing includes the inherently compelling aftermath of the firing of a head coach, but it doesn’t go far enough.

Yes, the video and audio from Rams coach Jeff Fisher’s last meeting with his staff and from his last meeting with his players is fascinating, and the aftermath in the meeting room after Fisher left is arguably even better. But the best stuff was left on the cutting room floor, if it was even captured.

The show includes nothing about the deliberations among upper management regarding the decision to fire Fisher, or about the procedure that resulted in the termination. With cameras and microphones everywhere, All or Nothing ended up giving the audience nothing regarding the decision-making process.

Making that omission more glaring is the fact that the episode after Fisher’s firing includes a whispered heart-to-heart between interim coach John Fassel and executive V.P. of football operations Kevin Demoff regarding Fassel’s appointment to run the team in Fisher’s absence. During the meeting, Demoff mentions that he has talked to owner Stan Kroenke about their shared faith in Fassel.

That’s fine. So why isn’t the meeting between Kroenke and Demoff included in the show?

More importantly, why isn’t the termination meeting between Kroenke and/or Demoff and Fisher in the show? Over the years, countless players have learned their fate during Hard Knocks while on camera, from Chad Johnson being cut by the Dolphins after an arrest to Vontae Davis being so stunned by the news of a trade that he asked to call his grandmother to every other form and fashion of involuntary separation of NFL players from NFL teams.

If it’s fair game for players, it should be fair game for coaches. And it’s unfair that the NFL, through its in-house production company, is willing to broadcast sensitive moments involving players but unwilling to do the same involving coaches and General Managers.

Speaking of General Managers, Rams G.M. Les Snead is conspicuously absent throughout the process of Fisher’s firing, with Snead’s face never shown, his voice never heard, his name never mentioned.

Was Snead consulted? Did he approve? Did he object? Did they consider firing him, too?

So while we got a lot more of the story than we ever do when a head coach is fired, All or Nothing falls short of the same kind of “all” that we get every August, when players are cut with NFL Films taping and, eventually, an HBO audience watching.

25 responses to “All or Nothing shields much of Jeff Fisher’s firing from view

  1. the only reason why the rams kept fisher around was that the rams knew it would be a lot easier to move a team without a winning record than one with one

  2. I tend to agree that what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander. However I have to admit I think the whole concept of Hard Knocks or All or Nothing does nothing for my enjoyment of the game. I could care less whether Jeff Fisher’s firing was shown on TV. What I do care about for the good of the game is that he was fired.

  3. The momma’s basement dwellers rise from the dead to express their dumb thoughts anytime Jeff Fisher’s name is in the title. Evidently, piling on with other basement dwellers gives them confidence and brings them out of their shell.

  4. What a crock! It should have been shown. Fisher should be embarrassed as much as possible. It should be so severe his family can’t leave their home because people would see them and boo them!

    The guy is beyond a fraud. He should be in prison for being such a terrible coach.

  5. i feel he wasn’t a benefactor of WSP his whole and complete demise would’ve been a fox news headliner.

  6. I’m having a hard time understanding why we’re obsessing over Jeff Fisher being fired. Happens to coaches all the time, and it’s not like he was on top of his profession.

  7. I never understood the infatuation with Fisher…
    I was just glad the Dolphins didn’t get him…

    For Jeff it’s the end of the line… Who the hell would want him?!
    He had his fifteen minutes of fame, if it was even that long..
    He’s DONE!

    Yes I am piling on.
    He deserves it. Anyone who is as impressed with the insignificance of his own unimportance as Fisher is, deserves to be piled on…
    Just saying.

  8. “But the best stuff was left on the cutting room floor, if it was even captured.”

    This statement is just awful. You start with an absolute, but then end in a hypothetical.

  9. “If it’s fair game for players, it should be fair game for coaches. And it’s unfair that the NFL, through its in-house production company, is willing to broadcast sensitive moments involving players but unwilling to do the same involving coaches and General Managers.”

    The NFL is in the entertainment business, fairness in this context is utterly irrelevant. Unless, of course, you run a website and have an open disdain for owners/management.

  10. You were a lawyer. You should know video showing the discussion of his termination could backfire. The fact is there is one reason he was let go. It is because he is Jeff Fisher. They can find high school coaches that could coach better.

  11. The stupid Rams brass should be shame don’t into giving this phony an extension in the first place. They should’ve cut ties when they seperated from St. Louis.

  12. Odd story here. As most people in the legal profession know, the deliberations done by management are rarely, if ever, made available. Why? Potential litigation. Yes, you are an at-will employee, but if the parties knowingly violate terms of a contract….

    Imitation is common in the media and this group was trying to do a “Hard Knocks” with the stuff they had.

    On another note, why is Jeff F. still given so much reverence?

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