JACKSONVILLE FL - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans directs his team along the sideline against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at EverBank Field on October 18 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher claims that ESPN asked the coaches last night on Monday Night Football to call time outs, so that they could appease some television time outs.
"Jack (Del Rio) used his timeouts," said Jeff Fisher according to Terry McCormick of Titans Insider. "My understanding is they needed network timeouts, and that's why Jack used his timeouts. They came over and asked me to do it, but I said, 'I was hoping to get a first down and kneel on it.' "
While some could argue Del Rio should have just let the clock run out and the game end, given the team was down 23-3, but I can't blame him for wanting one last drive. It is well known however, that Del Rio and Fisher aren't the best of friends and it's pretty obvious Fisher is just digging at Del Rio.
Titans guard Jake Scott agreed, "They showed that they were going to take timeouts. We tried to finish the game off."
"It's the first time I've heard of it," Fisher said about ESPN's supposed "request" for timeouts. "I just said I would have a hard time using them, because I'm ahead. Honestly, I have no issues with Jack or how he managed the end of that game. It's just what it was, and I don't think he would have an issue with me handing the ball off."
It was a gift for some fantasy football owners however, because Chris Johnson kept getting late carries and wound up scoring a 35-yard touchdown run to put the Titans up 30-3.
"At the end of the game like that, you don't kick a long field goal, you don't, you hand it off," added Fisher.
It's was also said by Terry McCormick of Titans Insider, who was there for the quip, that Fisher was joking about the network asking Jack Del Rio to call time outs, but that's not really something to joke about. Fisher could have potentially joked himself into a fine from the league.
It's just another case of Jeff Fisher having fun at the Jaguars expense.