Jeff Fisher: Did the NFL Really Ask Him To Call A Timeout?
Just because Jeff Fisher is known to crack jokes doesn't mean he can't be serious.
In fact, let's rewind to yesterday's Monday Night Football game as a prime example.
According to Yahoo Sports, Fisher was asked to call timeouts for MNF commercial breaks—something the Tennessee Titans coach refused to do.
"[Jacksonville coach] Jack [Del Rio] used his timeouts," Fisher said. "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.'"
But wait; there's more.
Upon further investigation, especially considering many believed Fisher to be making another joke with the media in the team's 30-3 romping of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com got the inside scoop based on the Tennessee coach's press conference on Tuesday with the local media:
"At the two-minute warning in every game in the fourth quarter, there are conversations that go by. There's conversations that take place at the two-minute warning before the first half. But there's conversations that take place, and it's the official's responsibility to give the head coach a status of commercials and TV timeouts," Fisher said. "Yesterday, I was told that they were two short. And they looked at me and smiled, and I said, 'Sorry, I can't help you.' Mike Carey came across and said, 'Here's the deal. We're two short.' And I said, 'Mike, I can't help you. I'm trying to get a first down and I'm gonna kneel on it.'"
So there you have it.
Fisher was telling God's honest truth after all.
Turns out the Jags' Del Rio was much less hesitant when asked to comply with the timeouts request.
Del Rio called two timeouts, both after the two minute warning, so the NFL could fit in commercial time.
Sadly, it's not a joke...
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