Jeff Fisher called his time as Tennessee Titans coach as “a great run” but downplayed any emotions that might be associated with facing his former team for the first time.
“I think it would be different if we were coming there,” he said Wednesday during a conference call with Nashville media. “Gosh, we’ve got a short week and we have to get everybody ready to play. … They’ve done a great job with the roster. They’re playing well. This is just about our team and the matchups and trying to find a way to win.”
The Titans (3-4) are fresh off a bye as they prepare to face Fisher’s St. Louis Rams on Sunday at St. Louis (noon, CBS). The Rams (3-5) lost by five to the Seattle Seahawks and had a chance to win at the end on Monday night.
St. Louis was 2-14 in 2011 but improved to 7-8-1 last season in its first season under Fisher. The Rams’ last winning season was 2003.
“There’s a sense of urgency to win a football game every week,” Fisher said. “We’ve got a plan in place. I really appreciate our owner’s vision for what he wants to get accomplished here. He understands where we are.
“We had to come in and we had to quickly assess the personnel and start making changes. We’ve been fortunate to acquire the draft choices. So far so good. We’re very, very young. … The process has been fun.”
Other notable comments from Fisher:
• On Tommy Smith, who on Monday was publicly introduced as the new Titans CEO: “Tommy, for a number of years, was very active on a day-to-day basis. He’s a good businessman and an outstanding communicator. … I know Tommy had some say in the decision there when I was retained as the head coach. So I’m very grateful to Tommy but I think Tommy will do a good job.”
• On the Titans’ defense under senior assistant Gregg Williams: “The scheme has changed significantly from last year to this year. Obviously, Gregg has had a tremendous influence on it. You recognize things and it presents challenges. He’s played some very solid offenses and played them well. … Obviously, I’m familiar with the scheme and recognize what they’re doing and they’re doing it very well.”
• On comparisons between former Titans quarterback Steve McNair and current quarterback Jake Locker: “I think it’s still kind of early but I would venture to guess the comparisons are based on [Locker’s] toughness, his arm strength and his athletic ability.”
• On reminders at St. Louis’ training facility of the Rams’ victory over Tennessee in Super Bowl XXXIV: “I’ve gotten used to it. It was hard at first. ... The thing that’s been kind of fun is getting to know some of those guys.”
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