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Jeff Fisher rips Josina Anderson for Michael Sam shower report

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Jeff Fisher is the latest person to criticize Josina Anderson for her report Tuesday that included information on Michael Sam’s showering habits with the St. Louis Rams.

Though ESPN apologized for the “manner in which” they presented the report, Fisher still had harsh words for Anderson.

“I’m extremely disappointed in her piece,” Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday. “I think it’s unethical. I think it’s very, very unprofessional. Not only the piece itself, the content. The manner in which she did it.”

Fisher went on to say that Anderson was “out of line” for contacting Rams players outside the facility to put together her report.

“She was out of line because she went and contacted several players on their personal time. Misled them with questions and then put this piece together.”

I won’t get on Anderson for doing that. Part of being a good reporter is developing relationships with players so they feel comfortable giving you information. She obviously was successful at accomplishing that. Her report provided some information many felt was pertinent to the situation, but the manner in which it was reported was terrible.

Jeff Fisher has great response to Adam Schefter report

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Adam Schefter is one of the most well-connected, accurate and resourceful reporters in the NFL. The guy constantly breaks scoops and provides insightful information. Sometimes breaking that news and sharing information doesn’t go over well with the club it affects.

After Sam Bradford left Saturday’s preseason game with a left knee injury, Schefter provided an update on the quarterback’s status:

Schefter having that information clearly bothered Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who was asked about his QB’s status during his postgame news conference.

“I cannot give you details on anybody’s situation right now until we do testing and get MRIs,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said of his injured players.

When told there was a report (Schefter’s) saying there was no damage to Bradford’s ACL, Fisher got defensive.

“Ummm … who’s saying that?” Fisher asked.

“Schefter,” the reporter replied.

“Oh. Oh, you know, I didn’t see Adam in the locker room or the training room today. That’s funny. If you see [Schefter] tell him I say hi.

“Really? Yeah, he knows everything,” Fisher said sarcastically.

Fisher did offer some detail on Bradford, saying it appeared to be a hyperextension of Bradford’s knee and that the QB was walking around normally after the game.

It seemed pretty clear to me that Schefter was dead-on with his info. Why else did Fisher get so defensive?

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.

via Rotoworld

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.