Fisher Mentions "Good Fortune" of Colts

While repeatedly mentioning his respect for the Colts and what they've accomplished, Titans head coach Jeff Fisher also referenced their "good fortune" on a field goal that hit the crossbar and still bounced through -- a big moment in Indy's 2-point win.

Opening comments...

"Our plan inside the building this week and on the practice field was to play this game in such a way that we would give ourselves a chance to win at the end. With that being said, we did and then we didn't. You've got great respect for the opponent on the other side of the sideline, what they have accomplished and what they have done and as good as team as they are. And then you have the disappointment of taking a team through a week and through the 59 minutes of managing a game to the point where you should have a chance to win the game and you don't. There were some things that happened on the field that I hadn't seen happen before. I hadn't seen balls go on the way down, then hit the crossbar and go through the uprights, but that's the good fortune of the world champs. All in all, we have some work to do. I think the mark of a good football team is how you come back off a tough loss and that is going to be our objective first thing in the morning when the guys come back to watch this tape. We did some good things. We ran the ball, we threw it, we caught it. We made some plays on defense here and there. We kind of matched them on special teams. But we just needed a big play to win it and we didn't get it at the end. As far as the health of this club is concerned, it is good. We didn't have any issues."

On the first half penalty called on Vince Young...

He was emotional. He was excited. He was frustrated. He's got to understand that regardless of what happens that the quarterback is going to get the benefit of the doubt when there is a late hit or high hit. You are just going to let them do it (make the call). It is a good example as to why you don't want to give the ball back to them. Your chances of being successful are fairly slim. Fortunately, we were able to overcome it and get off the field with a field goal and not a touchdown.

On applying pressure on Peyton Manning...

"We felt like if we knew he was going to throw it, we could get some pressure and we created some passing situations and did so. I thought the defensive front played particularly well, run and pass. They were making plays down the field and such. We have been consistent with that. This, as I have been saying all week to those that have been here, this is a different game. We have played two completely different styles of games in the first two weeks of our division. That's the challenge of our division, it's so unique. We have a feel for the Colts, a great respect for them. We can match up at times and hang in there. I think that has shown the last few times that we have played them."

On where they needed to get for the potential game-winning field goal...

"Thirty-two or 35, he (Rob Bironas) was kicking good, so that's where we were trying to get to, inside the 35-yard line."

On coming so close...

It depends on the perspective in which you look at it. That's what we talked about in the locker room. You should win this and you didn't. Good teams go on and find a way to win the next game and that's what we are going to do. We have had two pretty good weeks of ball so far. I am proud of the way they are practicing, the way they are playing, and the way they are accepting the game plan, the challenges and the way they stay together. We knew this game was going to require all three phases. We needed bigger play out of special teams. We didn't get it and that could have been the difference. But this thing was going to require patience on defense and the ability to keep the ball away from them and then score more points than we have scored in the past. We stayed together in that effort, but it just didn't work out.


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