Another Step Forward For Fisher and his Titans

If Jeff Fisher does not earn some votes for coach of the year based on Sunday’s game vs the Colts, than what else can this guy possibly do to get some props? All Fisher did on Sunday was lead a Titans team that is one of the youngest in football from down 14-3 to a team that has owned them over the last six years, and end the afternoon with a gutsy call to try a 60-yard field goal that ended up paying off with one of the biggest Titans wins over the last few seasons. Fisher, a coach that many thought might not make it past this season, was not afraid to make some risky calls and put the ball in the hands of his playmakers as the Titans spent most of the afternoon rallying against the superior Colts.

Indianapolis jumped out 7-0, than 14-0 before the Titans could get on the board. The turning point of the day came right before the end of the half with Fisher and his coaches going for gold with Vince Young throwing a pass down the middle of the field that was hauled in by Drew Bennett for a TD with just :11 left in the first half to close the Titans deficit to 14-10. Tennessee could have settled for a field goal to close it to 14-6, but Fisher was not afraid to take a shot, and it paid off.

The other big heap of credit has to go to a Titans defense that spent most of the day bending, but not breaking. After having four possessions in the first quarter in building a 14-0 lead, the Colts were held in check, with just two possessions in the second quarter, (one of which was :11 long after the first Titans TD), one in the third quarter, and two in the fourth quarter. Sure the Colts were still able to put up 451 offensive yards, but the Titans defense did what it needed to do to bear down and not allow long drives that would not only result in Colts points, but also not allow Young and his mates to get on the field.

Indianapolis is still in prime position to win the AFC South, but clearly this team has some issues that must be ironed out before it can lay claim to being the best in the AFC. First, and most important, they cannot stop the run. Sunday vs the Titans they allowed 219 rushing yards, and at 6.3 yards per carry teams like San Diego and Baltimore would eat them up in the playoffs. The other issue is the fact that despite 451 yards they only managed 17 points. The Colts had better be careful, as a game like that on Sunday makes them look like a team that can easily have another first round letdown come playoff time in January.

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