Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Fisher on first matchup against the Titans
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jeff Fisher coached the Titans franchise for more than 16 years. Sunday he coaches against them for the first time when the Rams host Tennessee.
A few notes from a conference call with the Nashville media he just completed.
On Titans assistant Gregg Williams, who Fisher hired as defensive coordinator before Williams' suspension, then let go after the one year: "[We last spoke] probably sometime last fall. We were prohibited to have contact with him but we got permission from the commissioner and we had a conversation or two." Fisher said he expects he and Williams will talk on Sunday before the game.
On Tommy Smith, who's taking over as the Titans president and CEO: "Tommy, for a number of years, was very active, active on a day-to-day basis. He's a good businessman and an outstanding communicator."
On quick turnaround in places like Kansas City and Indianapolis factoring into expectations in St. Louis: "There is a sense of urgency to win a football game every week. But we've got a plan in place. I really appreciate our owner's vision for what he wants to get accomplished here. He understands where we are. ... With respect to turning this place around, probably not as easy. Very proud of the effort that we got last year, specifically in the division. Lost a couple games we could have won, but every year is different.
On former Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan: "Early this year our defense struggled as a whole, then Cort had an issue with the hamstring against the 49ers. Fortunately he came back Monday night, was able to play in sub packages and he feels 100 percent. We'll see how he does this week. It'll determine the extent of his playtime Sunday.
On former Titans tight end Jared Cook: "What happens is he goes for 104 yards and a couple touchdowns against Arizona and then people make adjustments. We were forced to go elsewhere with the ball and then didn't play well defensively. But Jared is doing a nice job in all of our packages; we're pleased with him. ... He still has the potential, we've struggled a bit as of late offensively, the ball's gone other places. He's drawing attention, and when he draws attention the ball goes elsewhere."