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Fisher’s firing opens spot on Competition Committee

Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin gives his defense a thumbs-up as they play against the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth quarter of the NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh won 23-7. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


Here’s another question raised by the abrupt termination of Jeff Fisher’s employment as coach of the Titans.

Who’ll take his place on the Competition Committee?

Fisher serves as a co-chair of the league’s influential rule-making body. The fact that he’s not employed in a high-level capacity with an NFL team will make it very difficult if not impossible for him to retain his high-level spot on the Competition Committee.

Fisher’s firing will spark a skirmish for the vacant seat. Since Fisher’s spot was held by a head coach, we’d appoint Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

In less than four years on the job, Tomlin has become one of the best coaches in the league, and he’ll be coaching an NFL team (quite possibly only the Steelers) for many years to come. The Steelers are football and right now Tomlin is the Steelers. He needs to be on the Competition Committee.