Jeff Fisher: Bitter, angry and time to go

The Tennessee Titans and head coach Jeff Fisher have now lost six in a row. (Jeff Gross/Getty...

The Tennessee Titans and head coach Jeff Fisher have now lost six in a row. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFP)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:04 AM ET

TORONTO - Jeff Fisher's long and distinguished run in Tennessee appears to be over.

No, there wasn't any bulletin from owner Bud Adams following Thursday night's 30-28 loss to a suspect Indianapolis Colts, but when your time is done, your time is done.

And no team in the NFL these days looks as done as the Titans, who have now lost six in a row following a 5-2 start.

During the past six weeks, Fisher has fueled a nasty feud with quarterback Vince Young, one that has split the team and killed any hope of a playoff berth.

In Thursday's game, Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt wore a towel inscribed "No.10 VY" in the first half a show of solidarity with Young and a perceived shot at Fisher.

And following the loss, he's getting second-guessed for his on-field decisions, especially for punting the ball to the Colts and Peyton Manning with 4:30 left in the game, his team trailing 27-21 and a fourth-and-one situation at his own 34.

"Me, myself, I feel like, playing against a team like Indy, that's something you kind of have to go for," Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson said. "But in the end, it was his call and he's the coach."

"Yeah, you can always second-guess that," Fisher said after the game. "But I felt we could get a punt, we could get a stop and get the ball back and we had a chance to win the game.

"As it was, if they miss the field goal, we still have a chance to win the game."

But Manning and the Colts got the field goal and the Titans could only add a meaningless TD on the game's final play.

Nothing has worked for Fisher and the Titans this season and you can now add the addition of wide receiver Randy Moss to the list. Against the Colts he hardly played and no passes were thrown in his direction. He has been a non-factor in the six games he has been with the team.

That's as much Fisher's fault as it is Moss'.

There was a time when Fisher seemed inventive, daring and upbeat. Now he comes across as a bitter and angry man.

Ever since he ripped Young following the loss to Washington on Nov. 21, the feud with his young quarterback has festered in public. Young is gone for the season following surgery to a torn tendon in his right thumb, but the bitterness displayed by Fisher lingers.

In a pre-taped interview with NFL Network, Fisher said he still hasn't talked to Young since the Washington game.

"There'll be a discussion, I'm sure, at some point," Fisher said in the interview.

"There's no excuse for what he did," he said about Young throwing his pads into the stands after Fisher would not put him back in the game and post-game argument with the head coach in the locker room. "I think to a man, most everybody in that locker room would have disagreed with his actions. So from that standpoint, he's probably better off not being here."

He was asked if he'd do anything differently with Young.

"This is not just Vince, it's most players in general: I think it's an understanding of what it takes to be a pro, and the time commitment," Fisher said.

"And that it's a privilege to play in the National Football League, and the positions on this field, be them offence, defence or special teams, are not easy, and it takes work. And there are also going to be ups and downs associated with that, and you have to be able to keep those in perspective."

Somewhere along the way, though, Fisher appears to have lost his.

It's time for him to go.

PEYTON PLACE

The Peyton Manning lovers were all gaga over his performance against Tennessee as he threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns.

The No. 1 item they were crowing over was that he didn't throw any interceptions and when you think about it, isn't that a damning indictment.

We're talking about one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history and everybody's gushing over the fact that against a dysfunctional team like the Titans, one that had lost five games in a row and hadn't scored a touchdown in three games, he didn't toss up a pick.

Well, strike up the band.

Seems to me the Colts are still a bad team.

They have no running game, are suspect on defence and live and die on Manning's right arm.

To make the playoffs they have to run the table beginning with next week's big showdown at home against the Jaguars.

The Colts are still alive, but barely.

EARLY-RISING RAIDERS

File this one under the department of desperate times and desperate measures.

In an effort to rouse his troops and not have them wander around Jacksonville Municipal Stadium looking like extras from a Night of The Living Dead sequel, Oakland coach Tom Cable has been rousting his players before the crack of dawn in an effort to acclimatize them to east coast times in preparation for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

How early? Well, how about 5 a.m. Player meetings this week have started at 6:25 a.m. with the on-field practice beginning at 9:45 a.m.

West coast teams that travel to the east coast historically do not fare well in the NFL but the Raiders of late have taken it to extremes.

The Raiders have flown to the east coast on two occasions this season and have lost both times, getting ripped by a combined score of 73-16.

In the season opener on Sept. 12, Oakland was whipped 38-13 by Tennessee and Nov. 21 at Pittsburgh, they were crushed 35-3.

Last year in an infamous trip to New York to face the Giants, they were thrashed 44-7.

So Cable, being a thinking man's coach, decided to try something different.

"We've really struggled," Cable said about playing on the other coast. "When you look at the records of teams going west to east, it's not very good. The only thing we could come up with was try to get their body clocks on something similar to that. We're starting the day earlier and ending the day earlier and stressing to them to get more rest at night with the early start."

This is a big game for both the Raiders and the Jags as it has playoff implications cutting both ways.

Give Cable credit for trying something new.


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