Fisher: Colts' attempt to rush back onto field ``absurd''
By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer
December 5, 2005
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher thinks the undefeated Indianapolis Colts might want to spend a little time on their football etiquette.
Fisher wasn't happy about the way Peyton Manning and the Colts concluded the first half of their 35-3 victory over the Titans on Sunday. With 24 seconds left, Manning knelt down, then handed the ball to an official and started toward the locker room.
Then Manning and the Colts reversed field, seemingly hoping for one last play. That set off confusion on a field filled with players and coaches, and Fisher said Monday that he thought it was "absurd" and "ridiculous."
"That should fall under the category of unsportsmanlike conduct. Nothing positive to gain from that situation other than push and shove and those kind of things on the field, and I don't understand it. They don't need to explain it to me, but I don't understand it," Fisher said.
The Colts led 14-3 at the time and finished with their sixth straight victory over their one-time AFC South rivals in a game that showed just how much work the NFL's youngest team really has left in its rebuilding project.
Fisher said it appeared as if the Colts were trying to catch the Titans (3-9) for a penalty with what he called "75 guys, 10 trainers and four doctors on the field rather than 12. A lot of benefit from that."
They're unusually strong comments from Fisher that could be prompted by his Titans' 8-20 record over the past two seasons. But he's also a veteran coach with a firm grasp of football rules -- both written and unspoken -- as co-chairman of the NFL's competition committee.
This is a topic that likely will be up for discussion by the committee this offseason if Fisher has anything to do with it.
"You asked me my opinion. I thought it was ridiculous," Fisher said. "To me, it should fall under some category, or there's going to be problems, you know. Maybe I'll put a rule in this offseason."
Titans rookie cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones ran and hit Colts running back James Mungro to try and disrupt any play. Fisher said he doesn't have a problem with anyone on his club reacting as they did.
"Somebody should've taken the ball and thrown it in the stands. By all indications, they took the snap, kneeled down, flipped the ball and left the field. Half's over," Fisher said.
Updated on Monday, Dec 5, 2005 7:05 pm EST
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