Fisher: If they Quit They Sit

Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher addressed accusations that his team quit on Sunday against the Patriots. "Players don't give up, they get frustrated." At 0-6, there's plenty of frustration to go around.

At a charity event on Tuesday, Titans coach Jeff Fisher showed he hasn't lost his sense of humor.

Former Colts coach Tony Dungy was the keynote speaker at the event, and Fisher donned a Peyton Manning Colts jersey to introduce his former rival.

The benefit was for Rocketown, a center that benefits young people and provides faith-based recreational outlets for them.

Upon removing his coat, tie and shirt to reveal the Manning jersey, Fisher joked, "I just wanted to feel like a winner."

Fixing his 0-6 Titans isn't a laughing matter, however, as many have questioned the effort of the players in the wake of Sunday's 59-0 loss to the Patriots.

"If I get a sense that a player gives up, he'll be sitting on the sideline. He's not going to play. That's simple, players don't give up, they get frustrated," Fisher said. "As I said, our guys have every right to be frustrated. If somebody is putting forth less than the maximum effort, he's not going to play. That's always been the case. I don't believe this is a result of effort. This is a result of a combination of things."

Players have avoided saying effort is an issue as well, saying the team has instead lost its confidence in the freefall from 13-3 a year ago to 0-6. Safety Chris Hope said the coaches and their message are not the issue.

"I have total faith in the coaching staff. They're the same coaches from last year. Coaches can only do so much. We have to go out and execute," Hope said.

That will be the focus for much of the bye week this week, as Fisher has closed practices to the media and said the Titans will get back to basics.

"We're going to relearn to throw and catch and block and tackle and kick, and do all of those things and make plays, and score points and try to improve all those areas that need to be improved. That's going to be our focus," Fisher said.

NOTES
--QB Kerry Collins said he "assumes nothing" about his starting job after Sunday's 59-0 loss to New England. Collins was just 2-for-12 for minus-7 yards in the snow.
--RB Chris Johnson had a decent day in the fiasco in Foxboro, rushing for 128 yards on 17 carries. He crossed the 100-yard mark with the Titans trailing 52-0 in the third quarter.
--TE Bo Scaife dropped two catchable passes in the first half, but he was hardly alone, as the Titans dropped at least six passes.
--WR Nate Washington had a reception, but it looked like something from the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and football follies. He lost 22 yards on the play as Kerry Collins slipped in the snow, tossed the ball to Washington who fumbled and was tackled for the big fourth-down loss.
--WR Justin Gage continues to be invisible. He dropped one pass Sunday and has just two catches in the past three games.
--CB Cortland Finnegan should be back from his hamstring injury after the bye week. He has missed three consecutive games, all lopsided losses.
--DT Jason Jones returned from a shoulder injury and had two sacks against Tom Brady.


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