Coach expects 'aggressive push'

Updated: December 18, 2003, 9:17 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Stopping touchdown celebrations like Joe Horn's choreographed cell-phone call probably will be one of the NFL's top goals in the offseason, the co-chairman of the league's competition committee said Thursday.

"I think there'll be a very aggressive push to try to end this stuff," Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said. "And it'll be a point of emphasis. There very well may be that we open up the category of unsportsmanlike conduct to include that."

Fisher, a former player, said he was disappointed when he saw Horn's celebration last weekend. The New Orleans Saints receiver pulled a cell phone from underneath the padding protecting the goal post.

"That's getting out of hand. This is a team game. There was a quarterback that threw the ball, and there was an offensive line that protected for him," Fisher said. "I just think that when you draw attention to yourself, it's just not necessary."

Officials penalized the Saints 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct, and the league fined Horn $30,000.

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