Jeff Fisher disappointed with Bernie Kosar’s criticism

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher expressed his disappointment Saturday with Bernie Kosar’s criticism of his Rams during a preseason game on Thursday.

Kosar, who played quarterback for the Browns from 1985-1993, was serving as a color commentator during the Cleveland Browns’ preseason opener against the Rams and was pretty critical of St. Louis. Kosar consistently ripped on the Rams’ receivers, calling them “horrible” at one point. In addition to ripping on the Rams receivers, Kosar disparaged backup quarterback Kellen Clemens (you can hear an example of that in the video at the top).

Fisher must have heard about Kosar’s criticism and did not appreciate it. He addressed the comments from Kosar after the Rams’ practice on Saturday.

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Vince Young says he sent Jeff Fisher an apology letter

Vince Young is attempting an NFL comeback, and the former NFL Rookie of the Year is hoping to repair his image and name in the process.

Young, who was released by the Buffalo Bills last August, is planning to work out for scouts at the University of Texas on March 26. He is confident he can be an asset for a club, and he is hoping and praying that a team gives him another chance.

During an interview with NFL Network’s “NFL AM” Wednesday, Young talked about his desire to improve his legacy. Now 29 and married with children, Young says he has grown and matured. He even says he sent a letter of apology to his former coach with the Tennessee Titans, Jeff Fisher, who is now with the St. Louis Rams.

“I definitely wanted to apologize for the things that I did, letting him know about the frustration, a lot of different things that was going on in my life at the time,” Young said of his letter to Fisher. “And I wanted him to know that I really did appreciate him trying to make me become one of those type of leaders on the team, a successful quarterback.

“At the time, being immature and not paying attention and not listening and taking my frustrations out on a lot of people wasn’t the right thing to do. Just knowing that, hopefully he can read my letter and forgive me for that.”

Young is hoping that Fisher will be able to put in a good word for him with teams around the league. He says he would be willing to take a backup job and that he believes he would be a good leader and mentor for younger players.

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Rams LB Sammy Brown wears blond Clay Matthews wig at practice

The St. Louis Rams are hosting the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is using an interesting plan to get his team prepared for the game.

In order to get his offense acclimated to playing against Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews, he had practice squad linebacker Sammy Brown wear a blond wig during practice.

“I thought it was pretty cool,” defensive end Chris Long told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Clay’s are a little bit more flowy. But I almost thought it was Clay Matthews.”

Fisher told the media that he’s used this technique in the past to replicate Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.

“When you’re playing great players like Polamalu and Matthews, you like to know where they are on the field, and that helps,” Fisher told reporters.

We’ve seen teams take extra measures during practice to prepare for upcoming games. Guys like Dez Bryant and even Aaron Rodgers have impersonated Michael Vick during practices because the Eagles QB is so dynamic.

Visualization is a huge aspect of preparing for athletic competitions. If Fisher can turn visualization into reality with wigs or any other prop, that could certainly help his players get in the right mindset.

H/T No Guts, No Glory

Jeff Fisher: Vince Young Still has Ability to Win in NFL

It’s been a long, long ride for Vince Young in the NFL, and he hasn’t fit in with Jeff Fisher most of the way. First off it was owner Bud Adams who wanted to draft Young, so the team did. Fisher, the longtime Tennessee coach, didn’t want to play him at first but Adams essentially ordered that he be played. Young lost respect when he reportedly asked out of a playoff game, and as recently as 2009 it seemed he wanted out of Tennessee. Then this past season Young was benched by Fisher in favor of Rusty Smith and supposedly was disrespectful towards Fisher in the locker room. Needless to say, the two didn’t exactly get along swimmingly while they were together in Tennessee. That’s why it was so surprising to hear Fisher praise Young in an interview with NFL Network.

“Vince has won a lot of games. He’s led teams to the playoffs before, and I believe he can [win in the NFL],” Fisher said. “It’s just a matter of him finding a place that suits him and be in the right place and working hard, but he certainly has that ability.”

Chalk this up to Fisher being nice? As many coaches have previously said, if Young can’t get along with Jeff Fisher, you’re going to have a hard time in the NFL. I agree that VY has the talent to win in the NFL but the biggest obstacle is his attitude and ability to work with coaches and teammates. He needs to mature and grow as a role model the way a proper quarterback should, but like Fisher says, he has the ability to win.

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Jeff Fisher-Brandon Fisher Nepotism Reportedly an Issue for Bud Adams

A surprising move happened on Thursday in the NFL when the Tennessee Titans and head coach Jeff Fisher announced they were parting ways. Fisher had been the Titans coach for the last 16 years, making him the longest-tenured coach in the league. The news would have been less shocking had it been announced weeks ago when most evaluations were being made. So if Fisher survived the evaluation and the team had decided on him over Vince Young, then what happened?

A report from John Clayton may provide insight into the news and timing of it.

Clayton was told that “one of the final disagreements that led to Fisher’s departure involved his son, Brandon. Fisher wanted to have his son on the staff as a quality control coach and thought it would be approved. Brandon Fisher helped out during the season while offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was receiving cancer treatment.”

Apparently it was owner Bud Adams’ policy not to have family members hired to the staff and he reportedly stuck by that principle during their discussions. This report makes tons of sense because Fisher’s departure didn’t. Unless Fisher had another job lined up — which doesn’t seem like the case considering he says he’s tired and hints he wants a break — such a disagreement seems like something that could have led to them parting ways. I know I’d be plenty peeved if my team refused to hire my son.

Vince Young Benched for Rusty Smith, Clashes with Jeff Fisher in Locker Room

It appears as if Vince Young’s tumultuous run in Tennessee may finally be coming to an end. Either that, or Jeff Fisher may be gone, because the two had a serious clash on Sunday. Young left Tennesse’s game against the Redskins in the third quarter after hurting his thumb on a throw. VY was replaced by third string option Rusty Smith, a rookie out of Florida Atlantic, who saw the first action of his career. Despite Young’s efforts working with the trainers to re-enter the game, Fisher stuck with Smith for the rest of the game. Young was 12/16 for 165 yards in the game while Smith went 3/9 for 62 yards and an interception. The benching resulted in a series of conflicts involving Vince Young. Let’s let The Tennessean explain everything:

After the game Young tossed his shoulder pads into the stands as he left the field, setting off a chain of events in the locker room.

As Fisher gathered the team, Young uttered expletives under his breath as he was getting dressed, according to the source.

Young then headed for the locker room door. Fisher told him not to walk out on his teammates. Young responded that he was not walking out on his teammates, but was walking out on Fisher, according to the source.

Fisher never seemed to be satisfied with Young who reportedly does not work hard enough on his craft. Even when the team started 0-6 last season, it was Titans owner Bud Adams who demanded the change at quarterback from Kerry Collins to Vince Young. In all likelihood, Young probably lost his coach years ago because of crap like this, this, and this. Fisher has said that injury or not, Vince Young won’t be the team’s starting quarterback. Now that he’s spoken, here’s your chance: will both Fisher and Young be back next season? If not, which one will be gone?

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Jeff Fisher: Titans Ran Up Score After ESPN Requested More TV Timeouts

Many football fans probably missed the end of the Jags-Titans game on Monday night. First off, the game was a total dud because Jacksonville failed to show up. Matters weren’t helped when each team’s starting quarterback got hurt, leaving us with the delightful Trent Edwards-Kerry Collins struggle (first to two field goals wins!). Once things got to 20-0 in the third quarter, fans probably switched over to TBS to watch Cliff Lee and the Rangers against the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALCS. I kept checking back with the football game, but I missed the very end when Chris Johnson scored a touchdown to make it 30-3 in the final two minutes. I was shocked to see that he had scored that TD, and now I realize it’s become a controversy.

Pro Football Talk’s Gregg Rosenthal pointed out via the Titans Insider that Titans coach Jeff Fisher says he only ran the ball late because ESPN had asked the coaches to call timeouts so the network could air more commercials. Going back over the boxscore, it’s quite curious that Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio called timeouts after two Chris Johnson runs inside the two minute warning. Why would a coach down 20 points with two minutes left begin burning timeouts?

Fisher explained it after the game, “My understanding is they needed network timeouts, and that’s why Jack used his timeouts. They came over and asked me to do it, but I said, ‘I was hoping to get a first down and kneel on it.’”

Had Del Rio not called the two timeouts, the Titans likely would have been able to kneel on the ball and run out the clock. Instead, they poured on the extra touchdown, helping out Chris Johnson fantasy owners in the process. Sports by Brooks says ESPN is denying the claim, but what would you expect them to say? Why would a league like to have the impression that TV controls its product, even if we all already know that’s the case?

The only logical explanation for why Del Rio took the extra timeouts was to see if his team could get the ball back to give Trent Edwards some more game experience with his new team. Now that is semi-plausible.

UPDATE: It appears as if Jeff Fisher was just making a joke.

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