Tag:Jeff Fisher
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:58 am

Britt subject to more discipline?

Posted by Will Brinson

Kenny Britt, under investigation by Jeff Fisher, PI, could face some more discipline for getting in a bar brawl (allegedly?) last Friday night.

Sure, he already sat out four series against the Eagles last week -- costing many a fantasy player many a fantasy point since he went 'naners in the time he played -- but there could be more coming, according to Fisher, via Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.

"Sitting Kenny down and taking disciplinary action from a club standpoint is still a realistic possibility," Fisher said.

Although any action taken will probably revolve around how the NFL (Britt's been cited for traffic violations previously) and the legal system (even though Britt wasn't arrested).

"I have to take into consideration what their position is, whether there is legal action," Fisher said. "There is always the potential for the league to impose disciplinary action but I we have a responsibility as an organization, too."

Jeff Fisher's a tough dude, for sure, but it seems like a safe bet that he only suspends Britt via team discipline if it means that Britt avoids both legal trouble and an NFL-imposed suspension.

Otherwise, tacking on additional time missed for something that didn't even result in an arrest seems like a pretty over the top move.

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 11:59 pm

Fisher nearly held out Britt after his bar visit

Posted by Will Brinson

"His" in the title actually refers to Jeff Fisher, who visited the Karma Lounge -- the spot of Kenny Britt's alleged altercation -- last week to do a little snooping.

However, he didn't find anything worthy of incriminating Britt and keeping him out of the game.

"Yes, I did go," Fisher acknowledged Monday night. “I went with the intention of getting as much information as I possibly could prior to making a decision on whether Kenny was going to play or not. I felt the best way was to go down there and see if I could find out on my own."

Fisher said it was "clear that I needed to delay the decision," presumably because he was going against the best team in his fantasy football league and Kenny is his No. 3 wideout.

Or because he's pitching CBS for to pick up his screenplay of "CSI: Nashville." 

Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:19 pm
Edited on: October 21, 2010 12:23 pm

Del Rio won't talk about Monday night timeouts

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jeff Fisher basically spilled the beans earlier this week about referee Mike Carey requesting that the Jaguars and Titans spend timeouts late in the game to help Monday Night Football get through its final batch of commercials.

On Wednesday, Jack Del Rio – who, unlike Fisher, did use his timeouts – would not discuss the matter. "I'm not going to get into what Coach Fisher's saying. My answer is, this wouldn't be talked about if we'd just stopped them on fourth down. That's the only reason you're asking the question. We didn't make the play," Del Rio said. “I don't really care to sit here and rehash events of a month ago. Or three days ago, if you will. Next question."

When asked about timeouts again, Del Rio joked, "They say if you do this [call a timeout], we'll have you on again next year. So we got one coming, we're going to be on Monday night next year."

We know this: ESPN did NOT ask for the timeouts to be used. Jeff Elliot of the Florida Times Union was sitting in the Monday Night Football production truck for that game and said producer Jay Rothman never issued a request.

That doesn’t mean someone from the league didn’t talk to the Jaguars, though.

Here’s Elliot’s account of what happened:

As the Titans were grinding out a drive and running out the clock, the network was indeed in need of three more breaks. One would come as the game ended, but two more were needed either in the game or in a postgame session. No one wanted the latter as the game was dragging at that point. Some viewers had already turned it off, and the network wanted to sign off as quickly as possible.

A plan was formulated to do two postgame interviews in order to get the last two commercial breaks in. Someone even suggested that maybe Del Rio would call a timeout. To everyone’s delight in the truck, the Jags coach did such that. And when he called a second one, a cheer went up. But at no time did Rothman issue a request to anyone with the Jaguars to help them out by calling a timeout.

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 7:39 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 7:41 pm

Did Jeff Fisher spill a secret?

Posted by Andy Benoit

It was chaos earlier today for my poor colleague Will Brinson. First, Jeff Fisher suggested that he was asked to use his timeouts late in the Monday Night blowout because the network (ESPN) still had some commercials to get to. Not long after Will wrote about this (with a little critical analysis sprinkled in), it was reported that Fisher was actually joking. So, Will had to do a mea culpa (not his fault; we’ve all been there). J. Fisher (US Presswire)

But it was later learned that Fisher was NOT joking after all. (Is there a specific word for undoing a mea culpa?) Fisher tried to explain to the media on Tuesday exactly what happened. This is potentially big news because Fisher may be lifting the veil off one of the secret hush-hush business aspects of football and television.

Take a look at what he said:

“At the two-minute warning in every game in the fourth quarter, there are conversations that go by. There's conversations that take place at the two-minute warning before the first half. But there's conversations that take place, and it's the official's responsibility to give the head coach a status of commercials and TV timeouts. Yesterday, I was told that they were two short. And they looked at me and smiled, and I said, 'Sorry, I can't help you.' Mike Carey came across and said, 'Here's the deal. We're two short.' And I said, 'Mike, I can't help you. I'm trying to get a first down and I'm gonna kneel on it.'”

“Jack (Del Rio) used his timeouts. Whether Jack used his timeouts because the official said we're two commercials short, or he used them to stop the clock to get his quarterback Trent Edwards some reps remains to be seen,” Fisher said. “My feeling is I had no issue with him using the timeouts. I completely understand. You've got a backup quarterback in that's been there for what, two weeks, and he wants to get him some reps. So I completely understand it, even though the game was out of reach.”

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 1:03 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 1:34 pm

Fisher jokes that ESPN asked him to call timeouts

Posted by Will Brinson

Monday night, a lot of people either lost or won fantasy games (/raises hand angrily in the air) when Chris Johnson broke a 35-yard run for a touchdown to give the Titans30-3 beatdown victory over Jacksonville at Everbank Field. It should have been 23-3, but after the two-minute warning, Jack Del Rio inexplicably started burning timeouts with the game out of hand.

Turns out, there may be an awkward reason why he kept stopping the time -- Jeff Fisher said in his postgame press conference that he was asked to use them as well.

"Jack used his timeouts," Fisher said following the game. "So, [taking a knee] does me no good. Plus, my understanding is we needed some network timeouts, and that's why Jack used his timeouts. They came over and asked me to do it, but I said, 'I was hoping to get a first down and kneel on it.' And so, anyway."

According to Terry McCormick of Titans Insider, Fisher had never heard of such a thing happening.

“You can check with Jack. It didn't bother me at all. I believe that they asked them to use them. It's the first time I've heard of it,” Fisher said. “I just said I would have a hard time using them, because I'm ahead. Honestly, I have no issues with Jack or how he managed the end of that game. It's just what it was, and I don't think he would have an issue with me handing the ball off."

He's not the only one, either -- burning timeouts in a game as out of hand as that only serves a few people: the advertisers, ESPN (vis-a-vis the advertisers' happiness) and maybe Jaguars players that need additional repetitions at the end of the game.

Considering that David Garrard was ruled out of the game with a concussion, and that the only backup to Trent Edwards was tight end Zach Miller, the last reason actually makes Del Rio's decision to stop the clock a little bit questionable, provided that ESPN did ask him to use his timeouts.

Not that I want to get all conspiracy theory on ESPN, much less question Del Rio's integrity (and besides, it is a competitive game of sport, and there's no law against stopping the clock or running up the score), but extending the game also extended the chance for an injury, even if it did curry favor with the network responsible for broadcasting the only professional football shown on Monday nights.

And if Fisher is correct here, and that's what happened, well, it wasn't just my win in fantasy football that ended awkwardly this week.

Update (1:32): As it turns out, Jeff Fisher was apparently JOKING about the network asking him to call timeouts at the end of the game. Which makes me feel like a jerk for calling out either ESPN or Jack Del Rio (sorry guys), but doesn't change the fact that I'm still supremely angry at Fisher for letting Johnson get over a 100 and find the end zone.

That's according to Doug Farrar, who contacted McCormick about the comments, and even though none of this conspiracy theory stuff happened, well, Del Rio still should have let the time run out, if only for the sake of not having to put Zach Miller under center.
Posted on: October 4, 2010 7:48 pm

McDaniels vs. Fisher in a sound bite-off

Josh McDaniels might already be complaining to an official about how dirty Tennessee apparently was in Sunday's game (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Give credit to Broncos coach Josh McDaniels for one thing: he doesn’t care how the rest of the coaching community feels about him, and I guess, in some ways, that’s refreshing.

That must have been his mindset today after ripping Tennessee for what he perceived as dirty play. It’s one thing for Denver QB Kyle Orton to say that, as he did in the aftermath of Tennessee’s win Sunday. Said Orton: "You always hear about how tough they are and all that stuff. I don't think they're tough, I think they're cheap.  And it was one of the cheapest games I've ever seen out of some of those players."

That’s fair enough and actually makes for pretty good copy. But usually – say, 98 percent of the time – coaches stay away from sound bites like that. Not McDaniels, though. Which makes him great for reporters (at least in this isolated case), but I imagine the rest of the league's coaches won't look kindly on those comments.

"I was proud of our team because we knew that was the kind of game it was going to be," McDaniels told the Denver media, as picked up by the Tennessean. "You can put any tape you want to of Tennessee and there’s going to be 10 penalties. You either coach it or you allow it to happen. That’s how I look at that.

"Our guys did a great job of keeping their poise and composure and not getting drawn into a big unsportsmanlike game because I know that’s what they were trying to entice us into doing."

"There’s a way to play tough and physical without being excessive and playing dirty after the snap. There’s a lot of teams in this league that play like that. Tough and physical but also within the rules."

His criticism of Fisher isn’t necessarily unfounded, and McDaniels isn’t the first person to intimate that the Titans aren’t very cuddly. But a coach to rip another coach, well that doesn’t usually occur.

Here’s what Fisher had to say in return: "We play aggressive — we don’t play cheap," Fisher said. "If there’s things after the whistle or during the play, players are fined for them. But we’re not a cheap football team. I don’t know what he’s referring to.

“We did have six sacks against the quarterback and numerous other times they did have some difficulty with protection and blocking our defensive line. Maybe he’s referring to that."

Now that’s how you rip another coach in public. You do it in code. Ah, but McDaniels is young. He’ll learn.

And speaking of Titans coaches who apparently do bad things, the NFL fined defensive coordinator Chuck “The Bird Flipper” Cecil $40,000. He was fined because he violated the rule that “prohibits use of abusive, threatening or insulting gestures toward officials.”

Naturally Cecil issued an apology through the team, saying his middle finger was inappropriate.

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Posted on: September 23, 2010 8:12 pm

Titans response begs V. Young questions

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I found this article in today’s Tennessean to be quite interesting. It dealt with the Titans and why they didn’t retaliate when the Steelers triple-team body-slammed QB Vince Young to the ground last Sunday. See video below to watch the play over and over again.

You’ll notice that there was no pushing by the Titans OL after the play, no attempting to defend its quarterback – only RG Jake Scott attempting to point out the perceived injustice to one of the officials. Hell, it appeared the first guy to try to help Young up was DE Aaron Smith – one of the Steelers who blasted him in the first place

So, why didn’t anybody try to get even with Pittsburgh’s defense?

A sampling of quotes from the men who could have/should have retaliated:

"All of us saw it and clearly it was in view of enough people. But by then everybody was looking at it and if you retaliate, one or more of us would be getting a fine or at least a 15-yard personal foul penalty," OT Michael Roos said. "It is unfortunate (a penalty) didn’t get called. We were definitely trying to plead our case to the officials on the field but it didn’t happen."

OT David Stewart: "I’ve seen the play on tape since, and it was borderline. A lot of times the second punch, that is what’s going to get flagged."

Scott: "I thought it was dirty. I asked the official, 'Why didn’t you call that?' Of course he didn’t have an answer. It was a dirty play, a dirty hit and it should have been a penalty and it wasn’t. But it doesn’t help the team to go in there and hit somebody after the fact, to go dive on the pile, because if you dive on the pile you are just adding one more guy on top of Vince. So that doesn’t help either."

OK, I understand not wanting to draw the 15-yard penalty, though if it was just a little pushing and shoving that probably wouldn’t have happened. But in some cases, isn’t a little bit of extra roughhousing worth it to let the other team know they have to answer for their actions? I’m not talking about somebody throwing a punch and getting ejected from the game. But something extra needed to be done. Somebody needed to get even.

And what does it say about Young if his teammates aren’t rushing to defend the QB – the guy every team tries to defend the most? How much respect do his teammates have for him if they let him get trampled by a group nearly as dangerous as the Fabulous Freebirds?

My theory: coach Jeff Fisher saw that the Titans weren’t rushing to defend Young. So, in his mind, he knew that he needed to make a change at QB. After the game, he talked about needing to find a spark, and he said that was the reason he inserted Kerry Collins into the game. Apparently, not even a trio of Steelers treating Young like a ragdoll could spark much emotion into the Titans.

That might be a big problem.

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:04 am

Hot Routes 09.21.10: Don't touch me there

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- You can’t like it when a dude grabs your junk in the middle of a football game. Yet, that's exactly what Cleveland C Alex Mack says his former teammate, Chiefs DL Shaun Smith, did during Sunday’s game. “Not cool,” says the all the world’s men. “Not cool at all.” Smith said he didn’t recall doing anything like that.

- Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t a fan of the way Jets DB Eric Smith hit New England WR Wes Welker in the head during Sunday’s game. “I don’t think that’s really what the league is looking for with those kind of plays,” Belichick said. “I can’t imagine that they are. We’ll see what they want to do about it.”

- Titans coach Jeff Fisher expects Vince Young to respond to his benching last Sunday by returning next week and playing better. Fisher said Young doesn’t have to look over his shoulder at backup Kerry Collins, but then again, Fisher showed why Young should look over his shoulder if he plays poorly in a game.

- A little less high profile than Braylon Edwards’ DWI arrest this morning, but still important to know nonetheless. Ravens assistant offensive line coach Andy Moeller is facing drunken driving charges again. He was stopped just before 1 a.m. Saturday. He was charged with the same offense in May but ultimately was acquitted.

-`At this point, it doesn’t seem like Ken Whisenhunt knows too much about Arizona’s football team. Which is strange because … you know … he’s the coach.

- Raiders coach Tom Cable seems to know who will start at quarterback – either Jason Campbell or Bruce Gradkowski – for Oakland next Sunday. But he said he’s not going to inform the world until Wednesday.

- It’s shocking that a team that kept just two running backs on the initial 53-man roster – and three fullbacks! – is having problems running the ball. Yet, after Ryan Grant’s season-ending injury, that’s exactly where Green Bay finds itself.

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