Fisher: "The Code is Impossible to Crack"

Titans head coach Jeff Fisher talked about the challenge of trying to figure out the Colts, the last time the teams met, his rookie quarterback, the progress of his team and much more!

On if he has the Colts figured out yet:
"No, no. I can assure you one thing: the code is impossible to crack."

On what strikes him about the Colts:
"They don't do a lot, but what they do, they do it very well. They do it differently than most. On offense obviously, they do it much differently than most people. They put it in the hands of the quarterback and there will probably never be one that does it quite like (Peyton Manning) does it. He's just so good at putting them in the right position all the time."

On the smartness of quarterbacks and what it means:
"It's just that. It's recognition, it's understanding. He has a respect for both phases, the run game and the pass game. He understands where to go and when to do it. There's nobody in the league better right now at avoiding negative plays, and if they get in a third-and-long, then they're okay with it and they're going to come back with the confidence that they're going to put another drive together. He does a very, very good job of putting them in the right position, putting them in the right spot, whether it's with options in the pass game or checks in the run game or play action pass, he does a very good job with it."

On if he would compare Peyton Manning with anyone as to how he manages and handles a game:
"There was a stretch at Cincinnati with Boomer (Esiason). Boomer caught fire and really took the game over on the line of scrimmage, but no one has done it consistently year in and year out like Peyton has done it, week after week after week."

On assessing QB-Vince Young's progression:
"I think Vince obviously took a real big step last week. We've been seeing those signs on the practice field ever since his arrival. He's improving step by step and last week was just a great effort for him. It came at a great time. And now the question we're all trying to answer is, ‘Alright, he had a great effort, now can we put those things (together) from a back-to-back standpoint? Can he do it again?' He has the mindset, he's willing, he's dedicated and he's certainly excited about the challenge."

On if it is expected that QB-Vince Young will have a low completion percentage:
"I think that's to be expected at this point, where we're at. It's only going to improve. He showed that he can complete a lot of balls. He did that against a good defense last Sunday, and needed to. But he also showed that he can use his legs. All of those things will improve over time. Let's face it, he doesn't have a lot of experience under his belt yet, but it will improve."

On if playing the Colts close the first game this season was somewhat of a turning point for the Titans:
"I believe that. We did not fare well against Dallas the week before. That was Vince's first start. We had difficulties in the ballgame. But I believe our ability to bounce back off a difficult loss and come back to play a close game that next week up there was a good sign. It was one of the first good signs we had. However, two weeks prior, we didn't play well at San Diego and came back and almost beat Miami. So, we've been a little inconsistent, but the one thing that has been consistent about this club is we have been able to bounce back off a difficult loss and play well. We did that with the Baltimore game. We had that all but won but couldn't get a field goal up in the air. That was a difficult loss, but we come back and find a way to win at Philadelphia. So, this is the second time this year—the first time we had a bye week in between—where we've put wins together. This win was a significant win for us from the standpoint of how we won the ballgame, but it becomes more significant from this standpoint: Can we put it behind us and take another step? There's no greater challenge than having to try to take another step against the Colts."

On if he has been happy with the progress the Titans have made:
"Yes. I can say this: We're 4-7, but we're a happy 4-7 right now. I don't feel like the players think that the record is reflective of the way we've been playing as of late. They're having fun, they're working hard, they see improvement, they trust each other and we'll move on. They're not necessarily thinking, ‘Alright, we need to continue to build and play hard and work for the future so we can do things next year or the year after.' They're focused one week at a time. I think if you can establish that mindset where what becomes important is just this weekend, week after week, I think you can bring a team along to where they get to a point where the expectation level is to win every game. And then when you get to that point where you have confidence, even despite the fact that you're young, then sometimes those things happen."

On the Colts' two tight end set and the three-wide set and does that present any difficult for him:
"Well it does. They've been successful in both the personnel groupings. Over the years, they'll do a lot of similar things, put a little more pressure on you if they do go ahead and elect to go with the wide receiver rather than a tight end. Then, you have to deploy different defensive packages. Then, you encounter the difficulty of getting them on and off the field. So, it does, it presents a different problem for you, but we prepare for both of them each and every week."

 On saying the Colts are not equipped to stop the run for four quarters and is it based on size, personnel, etc:
"Their philosophy is such that they don't have to do it. It's not necessarily that they're not equipped, that they just don't have to do it because they're scoring so many points that when the middle of the third quarter or fourth quarter rolls around, they're rushing the passer. That's how they're built, and they've done a great job building their team based on their strengths."

On RB-Travis Henry:
"He had a terrific offseason of conditioning and dedication. He was around and he made the commitment and it's paying off now. We got off to a slow start, the team did, but we settled in. He was very patient, he waited his turn, he got the opportunity and he's taking advantage of it."

On RB-Travis Henry's comeback:
"Travis has always been very competitive. He's a competitor and has a deep sense of pride. He worked through a difficult time. I think there are players all around the league that will work through difficult times, whether they're injuries or whether they're off-the-field things, what have you in the middle part of their career and then will flourish once again. I think that Travis just serves as a good example of that."

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