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Jeff Fisher pines for the running back that got away

The Titans tried out Larry Johnson and others this week, perhaps because the team feels like it could use a bruising running back to pair with Chris Johnson.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher knows better than anyone he had the right go on his roster earlier in the season, but let him slip away.  Fisher admitted Wednesday he regrets waiving LeGarrette Blount “every day.”

“I thought we could get him to the practice squad, get him on practice squad, knowing that when and if there was any kind of interest, we could bring him back to the active roster,” Fisher said via Terry McCormick of   “That didn’t happen, but I’m very, very happy for him.”

Blount landed in Tampa, where he’s put up 329 rushing yards and three scores in the last three weeks.  His short-yardage abilities are especially impressive.

While the Titans prepare for Houston this week, Blount faces another NFL team that he has a connection to.  Blount originally agreed to terms with the 49ers, but then changed his mind and wound up in Tennessee.

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13 Responses to “Jeff Fisher pines for the running back that got away”
  1. bcgreg says: Nov 17, 2010 5:39 PM

    Blount should have been drafted. Sometimes NFL teams are freakin stupid!

    Wish my Pats drafted him (and, yes, I was screaming at the tv for them to draft him especially when he was still there in the 7th round. Instead they take linemen who they waived. Nice)

  2. brasho says: Nov 17, 2010 5:44 PM

    No big deal, the Bucs should have drafted him or signed him after the draft anyways. Instead they wasted a 6th round pick on a rookie punter with a lollipop leg out of VTech with Blount and DE Greg Hardy still on the board.

    The duo of Dominik and Morris don’t seem to make many mistakes when it comes to the draft, but it’s nice to see that even when they do make one, they can still make up for it in the end.

  3. charleswoodson says: Nov 17, 2010 5:53 PM

    “The running back who got away”…..?

    More than a dozen teams are kicking themselves for letting Chris Johnson untouched, by the way.

    Green Bay, for one, is a team that wishes Chris Johnson was playing All-Pro for its sorry running attack. Whoops. Attack? More like “running in place,” — with the mediocre running game not currently salient news, but it will be a major potential reason why Green Bay stumbles in the playoffs when better teams know how to stunt Rodgers passing game.

    This analysis comes from a Packer fan who wishes Ted Thompson would have traded a draft pick for a high-quality running back rather than waiting until next year’s draft to address the position.

  4. mrbigass says: Nov 17, 2010 5:55 PM

    Shouldn’t they be preparing for da Skins?

  5. NFLJunkie says: Nov 17, 2010 5:59 PM

    While the Titans prepare for Houston this week…

    The Redskins will be happy to know the Titans are ignoring them this week and looking ahead to Houston.

  6. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Nov 17, 2010 6:00 PM

    I’ll bet having Chris Johnson on the roster takes some of that sting away. Javon Ringer isn’t too bad either. If Blount was still on the Titans he would have never gotten the chance to shine like he is doing now.

  7. andyprough says: Nov 17, 2010 6:00 PM

    mrbigass says:
    Nov 17, 2010 5:55 PM
    “Shouldn’t they be preparing for da Skins?”


    By practicing their 88-yard TD pass plays?

  8. droksid says: Nov 17, 2010 6:17 PM

    I bet the players Blount kept punching don’t miss him.

  9. demolition510 says: Nov 17, 2010 6:32 PM

    Gregg – your article is about Tenn missing out on Blount, yet you end the article saying he changed his mind about SF and ended up in Tenn.


  10. mean13 says: Nov 17, 2010 7:42 PM

    Thanks, Fisher. We Buccaneer fans love him.

  11. puddinpouch says: Nov 17, 2010 8:21 PM

    @demolition510: The article isn’t about Tenn “missing out” on Blount, he was a Titan in uniform for camp and preseason.

    The article is about his regret in placing him on waivers hoping he’d clear so he could get him on his practice squad.

    He didn’t, Tampa claimed him.

    Your reading comprehension skills…awesomer.

  12. sexyrexys says: Nov 17, 2010 8:32 PM

    @NFL Junkie…lol hahaha right?

    but seriously I think all 32 teams regret letting this guy go undrafted but after he punches raheem morris in the face they’ll understand why the didnt

  13. footballfan292 says: Nov 17, 2010 11:58 PM

    That’s the risk you take when you waive a guy that should have been drafted. You throw them up for grabs.

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