Fisher: I'm Not Concerned With This Club

Titans head coach Jeff Fisher talks to the media about his team's readiness for this week's game, what it's like to control your own playoff destiny, whether or not he expects to see Colts WR Marvin Harrison back this week, and more!

On being as simple as win and reach the playoffs...

"Yes, it doesn't get much clearer than that. We had a tough stretch there for three weeks and then we kind of got back on track. It's good to at least have things in your own control as compared to where things were last year and even last week for that matter."

On if he has to say a whole lot to his team this week or does everyone already know what they need to do...

"No, you get ready, you have a good week of practice, you stress improvement, you heal up, you pay attention to detail and get yourself ready to play probably the toughest game of the year and a game that you definitely have to win if you want to continue to play."

On any concern on guys being too hyped or too tight...

"No, I'm not concerned with this club. This is a good group of guys. They understand. They've been able to bounce back. We've won consecutive games, we've lost consecutive games, we've bounced back after tough losses, so they have a good perspective about what it is you have to do."

On DE-Kyle Vanden Bosch...

"It really has been truly a great season for him, considering the number of plays he's played and the number of plays he's made. Beyond the facts, you're all familiar with what pressure can do for a defense. He's just playing the run very well, he's playing, he's practicing, he's just been a great example for the younger guys and couldn't be happier for Kyle. He's had a number of sacks taken away, he's had hits on quarterbacks and balls have fluttered and resulted in interceptions. It's just been a very, very productive year for him."

On DT-Albert Haynesworth possibly being named Defensive Player-of-the-Year....

"There's a lot of really good defensive players in our conference, Bob Sanders for one. There's a number of others that I think will be mentioned. It's good for Albert just to be mentioned along with some of those other very, very productive players."

On Haynesworth coming a long way...

"He has. I think we have to credit his offseason commitment and the work he did through training camp. Obviously, we missed him when he was not available. He's worked very, very hard. I really think he's at a place in his career where he still could get better, and he realizes that. It's just been gratifying to watch him turn and become the kind of player that he is now."


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On the development of QB-Vince Young...

"We're very pleased with his improvement. He's very, very dedicated. I think we see improvements in areas every week. He's doing a lot more on the line of scrimmage. He's the reason we're in the position that we're in right now. I think he has a lot ahead of him. He understands that, he understands the challenges that he faces week after week and he realizes the commitment that's required. He loves to play, very passionate, doesn't like losing. The only thing that he cares about is winning football games."

On if he concerns himself at all with the fact the Colts may play their reserves for much of the game...

"No, you can't. Their decisions are their decisions. We have to put together a game plan and we have to expect or prepare to play the Colts' starting unit for four quarters. You can't let those kinds of things distract you."

On it being the final game in the RCA Dome and his thoughts on the homefield advantage in the RCA Dome...

"You can pick out any game and watch the start of the game and see a false start or see a hit on the opposing quarterback and then a three-and-out and a touchdown and basically teams are playing catch-up. It's a tough place to play, it's a great fan base, and they have high expectations. It will be nice to be part of that history. One can only imagine that the next place we go up and play (in) is probably going to be a tougher place to play."

On the 1999 Divisional Playoff Game in the RCA Dome and Tennessee having so many fans that the Colts went with a silent snap count...

"It was difficult on their offense, but those things happen. It hasn't been that way since. When the Colts come to Nashville here, they have quite a following as well."

On if he saw the AFC South being this good at the beginning of the season...

"We felt before we started everything that each team had improved. So it says a lot when you have the defending world champs in your division. Then you sense improvement from Jacksonville and then even though the Texans probably aren't satisfied with their record, they're certainly much better than they were last year. And they're going to continue to get better. We just felt like the only chance you got is to continue to stress improvement. This is a division that I don't think anybody looked forward to playing any one of us."

On if he thinks he'll see WR-Marvin Harrison this week...

"I hope for their sake that he's able to come back. I know it's been a long, hard process from the standpoint of the knee bruise, but we'll just have to wait and see. They have a number of issues, decisions that they have to make, but those things we can't be affected by that at all. What we have to do is concern ourselves with what we're doing."


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