Jeff Fisher's teams at Houston/Tennessee were known for being physical and straddling the line of fair play -- Gregg Williams and Jim Schwartz are two of his disciples. But he said he does not endorse the aggressive tack that Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano used with the New York Giants in a kneel-down ''victory formation'' at the end of their game last week -- though he did not criticize Schiano for the aggressive play.
The Bucs went after Giants quarterback Eli Manning as he was trying to take a knee to end the game. That irked coach Tom Coughlin, who chastised Schiano, a rookie NFL head coach, when the two met at midfield after the game.
''This came out of nowhere. There's really no rule that you can't do what Tampa Bay elected to do,'' said Fisher, who is in his first season as the St. Louis Rams head coach after 17 seasons with the Oilers/Titans. ''I would not ask my defense to do that, nor would I think any other coach in the league would ask his defense to do that.
''I think we realize that the game was fought hard, we're inside of two minutes, they can't stop the clock, the game's over. Again, that's coach Schiano's choice. If he chooses to that, the opposing team needs to be prepared for it.
''How you prepare for it, I don't know.''