Jeff Fisher Cuts Wide Receiver For Being Too Much Of A Ladies Man

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A fairly minor Los Angeles Rams transaction became more interesting on Tuesday when it was revealed that coach Jeff Fisher cut Deon Long after the wide receiver brought a woman into his training camp dorm.

Long was released earlier this summer and has since landed with thePhiladelphia Eagles. In Tuesday’s episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” Fisher tells Long that he is being cut for violating team rules.

“What part of the rules, what part of ‘no female guests in the room,’ did you not understand?” Fisher asked Long in their meeting, which was shown on the television show.

Long says that his visitor was there before curfew and he didn’t intend to have her stay. But after hearing Long’s explanation, Fisher tells him he’s being released.

“Sorry, but this is our world, man,” Fisher says. “We have rules and we have to abide by them. Not the first time I’ve done this for this particular violation, but I thought I made myself really clear.”

You can’t have it both ways. You can either be a professional football player fighting for a roster spot in mini camp, or you can be a Don Juan brings chicks back to your room. That’s the sort of attitude Jeff Fisher instills in his players. But my issue is more with the roommate of Deon Long than Mr. Long himself. Because as any self-respecting collegiate man or woman would tell you, if your roommate brings someone back to the room, you stay out of the way unless asked to participate. So I’m thinking there’s a snitch in the Rams training camp dorms. And there’s only two motivations to rat on a teammate in this situation. Either he was in contention for the same roster spot, or he was going after the same chick.

If I’m Jeff Fisher I’m worried more about the guy who couldn’t get the girl than the guy who got caught with the girl. It’s like on the football field, you’d rather an offensive lineman get penalized for holding every once in a while than a right tackle whose never been taught how to properly hold. That’s the guy you need to watch out for. Because, yes, while the first guy will get fined for a few hands to the face and instigate a couple tumbles on the practice field, he’s also getting away with the type of stuff you need to win on Sunday. Like illegal blocks in the back or pushing off on field goals. You need a guy not afraid to break the rules off the field so that he literally breaks the rules for your team on it. I’m pretty sure that’s in Vince Lombardi’s handbook. Or at least it should be.

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