The Los Angeles Rams are seeing their season head quickly south after dropping their seventh loss in the last games putting well clear of the playoff picture.
However, the attention of the franchise has now shifted to a situation involving Rams Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson being banned from the sideline for his criticism towards the team. Head coach Jeff Fisher discussed the topic after Monday's practice stating bluntly that he didn't know where this notion came from indicating that he recently had a lengthy conversation with Dickerson.
"I had a really good conversation with Eric last week, as I did with (former Rams T) Jackie Slater, and I had a good personal visit out here with (former Rams DE) Jack Youngblood. We welcome the alums," Fisher said. "We welcome the tradition and the history. Eric has not been to practice. The last time I saw Eric in person was at Oaks Christian High School in a walk-thru prior to going out to practice against the Cowboys. I gave him a carry. I gave him a carry because I really wanted him to meet (RB) Todd (Gurley).
“He’s always welcomed, yeah. I’d welcome him in the building. I’d love to have him come in. I’d love to have him come to practice. I’d love to have him in come in the meetings. (Former Titans RB) Eddie George has been in my meetings more than Eric Dickerson has. I’d love to have him here.”
On top of that, Kevin Demoff, who is the Executive Vice President of Football Operations & Chief Operating Office with the Rams, took to Twitter in an attempt to clear the air of any confusion on the situation involving the Hall of Famer.
"I have reached out to Eric to see where a miscommunication may have occurred and to clear up any confusion over his presence at games," Demoff said. "Most importantly I want to make sure he knows that he is a valued member of Rams family. We all share his love for our team and our fans.
That said, Dickerson provided more details during his radio show on Monday afternoon stating that Fisher had called him personally to inform him that he no longer had access to the sidelines as long as he remained head coach of the Rams, according to ESPN.com's Alden Gonzalez.
According to Dickerson, Fisher said the following: "Players feel uncomfortable with you coming on the sidelines, some of the stuff you said about the team, about coaches and the players. And as long as I'm head coach, we're not going to have that. You're not going to be saying stuff. You're not going to be coming to the sidelines as long as I'm head coach here."
Throughout the season, Dickerson has been quite vocal about his strong opinions involving his former team. He has questioned the effectiveness of the team's offensive game plan, the play of the offensive line, and even pondered if quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke was qualified to coach rookie Jared Goff.
Despite that, Dickerson has indicated that he doesn't plan on attending any home games anytime soon. He also doesn't seem too concerned with the matter at hand because when it comes down to it he is just frustrated to see the team he once played for struggle the way they have in their first season back in Los Angeles.
"You can go anyplace else. You can go back to Tennessee, you can go to Cleveland, you can go to SC. Still, I'm going to be Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams. That's why I wear that gold jacket. I have the right to say what I say. I'm not trying to hurt the players. ... I'm a frustrated player and a frustrated fan. I watch this every week. I love the players. I'm always a player first."
Dickerson was selected in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Rams, which he played five seasons with the team rushing a then-franchise record 7,245 yards in just 65 games played. This included setting NFL rookie records for most rushing yards gained (1,808) and most rushing touchdowns (18). This helped him earn All-Pro, Pro Bowl, Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors.
During his tenure with the team, he also earned four Pro Bowl selections, four First-Team All-Pro nods, NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1986), three NFC Offensive Player of the Year, led the league in rushing yards three times, and set the NFL single-season rushing record at 2,105 yards.