Coach Fisher's Conference Call to Indianapolis Media





(on assessing the Titans first four games)

"Certainly, we didn't envision it (an 0-4 start). We've had difficulty in each game. I think each game takes on its own personality, and at least in the first three we could sit down and look at it and say, 'Well, we had a chance if we did one thing here or one thing there or avoid this situation.' We had opportunities in the first three. Then, last week, we took turns with mistakes and just let that one get out of hand. So, here we are. We're going to put them all behind us and just get back to work and focus on our next opponent."

(on how you recover from an 0-4 start)

"It's not about coming back. It's about getting better as a football team right now. It's not dwelling on the past. It's not about playoffs. It's not about anything other than, come to work to win and do the best you can and prepare like a pro and try to win the next game."

(on if it helps that the team has overcome tough early season starts before)

"You can draw from the experience, but year-to-year each team is different. This is a good team. It's a good locker room. It's a good group of guys. They're focused, they've been focused, it just hasn't worked out for us."

(on the Titans defense)

"We've given up more plays than we should on defense for various reasons, playing on short fields, difficulty in communication, playing young players. You learn from it, and you just try to do your best and move on."

"The Colts are clearly playing really, really good football right now. I think QB-Peyton (Manning) has been the best I've seen him in the last few years. The organization does a great job with their depth. When someone goes down, someone else comes in and plays, and they don't miss a beat. They're a very well-coached, very disciplined, very productive team right now."

(on assessing the AFC South through four weeks)

"Well, I thought before the season started that we would see improvement from all the teams, and obviously, I was 75% right. I think the other three teams in our division improved, and we have a lot improvement to do ourselves."

(on playing teams familiar with each other)

"I don't think anybody is going to be thinking about the record at kickoff. We've had some good matchups over the last few years. There is familiarity. There are no surprises. This is just a matter of going out and executing, making breaks and hoping the ball bounces your way."

(on the Titans winning two out of the last three games against the Colts in Nashville)

"Our team is going to go in expecting to play well each and every week. Again, the familiarity is a good thing at kickoff. That's provided we've got our group on the field at kickoff. If we're playing a couple of young corners, then certainly it becomes more of a challenge for us."

(on QB Kerry Collins)

"Kerry has made the throws to put us in position to win the first three weeks. He's played well. Kerry is not the issue. These are team losses. I think Kerry has a good feel for what we are doing. Certainly, I know Kerry will have his work cut out for him this weekend."

* (on if there is any sense of desperation with his team)*

"You've got to keep things in perspective, and what you do in keeping things in perspective is you must at this point eliminate any playoff expectations and those kind of things, because that kind of thing becomes crippling, and it becomes a one-week-at-a-time thing. What you do, is (instead) dwell on improvement as a football team and having fun and getting back to the same point where we were last year with the same players. You just keep working, and you work your way through this. All those things that you talk about, the desperation and this and that, those are all things created outside of the building. Inside the building, we're just coming to work and doing the best we can."

(on RB Chris Johnson)*

"He's off to a good start. Chris is really no different from anybody else on this team. I think we can all do a bit better, but he is off to a really good start his year. He has that big-play potential every time he touches the football."

(on WR Austin Collie and WR Pierre Garcon)*

"Clearly, in a short period of time, they've gotten on the same page with Peyton. They are where they need to be, they're making plays, they're effective, willing blockers. You don't see mistakes. I think that is very impressive. Everybody should be commended for the job they've done. It's not uncommon to see young players come in and play well in their program."

* (on QB Vince Young)*

"He's doing well. He's preparing every week to play, and he's doing well. I thought he had a real good camp, and he's prepared to play if we have to call on him."

* (on the Colts-Titans rivalry)* 


"I think it's a great division. All four teams are uniquely different. That's what makes the division exciting. You play one team one way, and you have to come back the next week and play another team the other way. There are different philosophies, different methods, to trying the win the football game based on the opponent you're playing. We like to think most of the games have been exciting. There were a few years there where we struggled, and weren't as competitive as we would have liked. I think there is a great deal of mutual respect between both teams. It's usually a very exciting game."

(on roughing the passer penalties and if they're being called correctly)

"I didn't see the play (in the New England game). I'd just say this, Mike Pereira has a handle of the officiating department, and there is a human element in the game. There are always going to be things in this game, as the scrutiny intensifies over the years with our electronic capabilities, there are always going to be things we disagree with. I think if we can just accept the fact that there is a human element, and when you go to replay and you frame-by-frame-by-frame a review, it's going to be looked at differently than it is in real time. They're working to become more and more consistent, and I'll leave it at that."

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