Fisher, 57, told Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk that he hoped stepping down was a “leave of absence” rather than a permanent move as he continues to balance the organization's move to Los Angeles for this upcoming season with his coaching duties.
He said he informed league commissioner Roger Goodell of his decision two weeks ago, per Gantt.
Fisher has spent the past four seasons as the head coach of the St. Louis Rams, leading the team to a 27-36-1 record. The Rams have yet to reach the postseason during his tenure, however.
He began his career with the Houston Oilers and spent 17 years with the organization, going 142-120 and leading the Tennessee Titans (the organization moved to Tennessee in 1997) to the postseason six times, including a Super Bowl berth in the 1999 season.
Fisher does have experience with franchise relocation given his time with the Titans organization, however, making the transition to Los Angeles somewhat easier. Nonetheless, the move was enough to make a break from the competition committee necessary.
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com has a simple request for his replacement:
Jeff Fisher just revealed that he stepped off of the competition committee. Can his replacement figure out what a catch is, please?— Chris Wesseling (@ChrisWesseling) February 24, 2016
The remaining committee members include chairman Rich McKay of the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants owner John Mara, Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy, Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
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