Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Fisher surprised board not hit more often
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- Count Jeff Fisher among those surprised that the center-hung digital board at AT&T Stadium has not been hit more.
On Sunday, Fisher will make his third appearance at the $1.2 billion stadium in Arlington and his first as head coach of the St. Louis Rams. He coached in the first game at the stadium on Aug. 21, 2009, in the preseason when he was with the Tennessee Titans and returned for a regular-season matchup in 2010.
Titans punter A.J. Trappasso hit the board in the preseason meeting, which prompted Fisher to raise concerns with the league about its height. Eventually the NFL passed a “do-over,” rule that has been used only once since. In the Aug. 24 preseason game this year against the Cincinnati Bengals, Cowboys punter Chris Jones hit the board and Brandon Tate returned the ensuing punt 75 yards for a touchdown.
“Well, if it happens in the first game, you think it’s probably going to happen again, so I guess I would probably say, ‘Yes, I probably am surprised,’” Fisher said. “I think it’s good that it’s been both preseason games.”