By Bruce Allen, Patriots Daily Staff
When your team loses 59-0, its fair to lay much of the blame at the feet of the head coach.
The Titans have suffered from perhaps more than their share of injuries and back luck early in the season, but this is still a team that went 13-3 last season, and at one point was barking about why they were getting the same attention that the 2007 Patriots got during their hot start to the season. They returned something like 20 of 22 starters from that team, and Jeff Fisher is universally lauded as one of the top coaches in the league.
Yesterday, Fisher’s team quit on him, and he didn’t seem all that fired up about it. Now, we don’t know what he said to his team at halftime, but the Titans didn’t seem to come out in the second half with renewed focus or urgency. Phil Simms made the point on the CBS telecast that he was surprised that Fisher didn’t huddle up his team during the second quarter debacle and lay into them, and later, he looked for the Titans, even with the game well out of hand, to start the second half focused, looking to make a fresh start and get some positive things going. They didn’t. That comes back to the head coach.
Some around the country are speculating that the fact that yesterday’s record blowout by the Patriots came against Fisher and the Titans is no coincidence, but I think that’s stretching it. Maybe it was a nice side benefit, but I can’t see revenge over comments two years ago being any sort of motivation for what you saw on the field yesterday.
Fisher said after the game yesterday “I’ve never been through anything like that before, but I can assure you it’s not going to happen again, I’m very disappointed and obviously embarrassed to say the least. That was not us out there, and it’s up to me to figure out what happened.”
When your owner categorizes a loss as possibly the low point in franchise history, it’s probably safe to say the head coach’s job might be in jeopardy. After all, it all comes back to him.