I was able to get a sneak preview of the sitdown between Titans coach Jeff Fisher and NFL Network’s Steve Mariucci that will air tonight during Thursday Night Kickoff (that’s 6 p.m. ET on NFL Network, folks).
The conversation is telling on a number of fronts, and there’s no shortage of storylines involving the Titans this season, from the Vince Young saga, to the addition of Randy Moss ,to the health of Mike Heimerdinger ,to the fight involving Cortland Finnegan ,to Fisher’s future in Tennessee.
All on the table.
We’ll have a story up on NFL.com later today highlighting some key comments Fisher has on Young’s commitment to playing in the NFL.
As for Moss, he described his brief tenure in Tennessee by saying “nothing has happened.” Even so, Fisher paints a pretty clear picture of how Moss has had an impact on the Titans.
Here’s a glimpse:
Mariucci: You were the only team that claimed Randy Moss off waivers. When he arrived, when you had a discussion with him, did you tell him what you expected, and also maybe discussed what he could expect from you?
Fisher: Yeah, we had a good lengthy conversation when we got here at the facility in the morning. And, you know, oftentimes what happens is the perception of what takes place elsewhere isn’t necessarily reality. So, he cleared the air there, and I was just excited to have him in the building, and it was really fun to see his enthusiasm about wanting to be here, and just wanting to help us win, and — and willing to do whatever it takes.
And, you know, just meeting the guys, he’s been great. He really has been (a) positive influence on this football team. Now, we haven’t won a game since he got here, but he’s been a positive influence. I mean, you take a veteran receiver like that, who takes the young receivers in the weight room and takes ‘em through his workout routine three days a week, and stays after practice, extra, with the young receivers, too. And so, that’s what he’s done for this football team. It’s been really good to have him around.
Mariucci: And with just five catches in four games, he’s still okay, he’s still upbeat?
Fisher: Oh yeah.
Mariucci: Leader in this locker room?
Fisher: He has been really good, yeah.
Mariucci: Do you expect him (to start)?
Fisher: He understands, and he knew when he came in here that Kenny Britt is a pretty good player, and Kenny was gonna be down for five, six weeks. And when Kenny comes back, then Kenny’s gonna play also. So, we have them play the same position you’re playing, so, you’re both gonna play. And his response was, “Coach, I just am here to help you win. I just want to win some games.”
We’re a few hours away from kickoff, so make sure to check out Thursday Night Kickoff for the full Fisher/Mariucci interview, as well as NFL.com for more on Fisher’s drama-filled season.