Fisher wants to review "muff" rule

The Tennessee Titans thought they recovered a muffed punt last weekend at the Houston 9 when the ball bounced off Jacoby Jones and into the arms of Tennessee rookie Jason McCourty. The rookie had given Jones room to catch the punt.

But no. Because the ball bounced off Jones and didn't hit the turf first, officials awarded possession to Houston and tossed in a 15-yard penalty for fair catch interference. The Texans went on to a 34-31 win.

So expect the fair catch rule to come up for discussion in the offseason, especially considering Titans coach Jeff Fisher is co-chairman of the competition committee.

"It just doesn't look right," Fisher said. "There's no way we can coach a player not to hit the return man or go after the ball once the ball bounces out of his hands. You can't wait for the ball to hit the ground and then jump on it. To me, I think we need to look at it. Again, it was the correct call considering our current rules.

"The hard thing about this play when you see it is we've got the ball first down at the 9-yard line, and now we don't have the ball and they assess the 15-yard penalty on top of it," Fisher said.


TIGER TALE: Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods have played golf together and endorsed the same products.

On Monday night, they were together again in Florida.

Woods asked Manning for a sideline pass, and Manning went straight to the top - team owner Jim Irsay - who got it. Manning then kept his guest list a closely guarded secret until just before game time, when Woods showed up in a blue-and-white golf shirt.

"He wanted to see how cool it was," Manning said. "He's the best."

Some have suggested Woods is big enough and strong enough to play football. But Woods is content to let Manning chase MVP awards while he continues chasing Jack Nicklaus' major tournament victories record.

"I asked him one time and he said he doesn't really want to play football," Manning said. "He kind of likes what he's doing. But he's an athlete, that's for sure."


HAPPY RETURNS: Many NFL fans know Quan Cosby as the guy who had a very boring weekend sitting next to a very funny man during the draft. These days, he's doing exciting things.

The former Texas receiver and kick returner didn't get drafted in April, which became a bit of an embarrassment. ESPN showed him and comedian Bill Cosby - a friend but not a relative - during updates as the rounds went by and no one picked him. At one point, the comedian acted like he had fallen asleep.

The Bengals signed him after the draft and kept him as a punt returner. He played an important role in a 31-24 victory at Lambeau Field last weekend. Cosby's 60-yard punt return set up a second-quarter touchdown, and his 32-yard runback led to a field goal in the fourth quarter.

So much better than how things looked on draft day.

"I go into everything very optimistic knowing anything can happen, so I can't really say I was disappointed," Cosby said. "Of course, I would have liked for things to go a little different, but I like the way they've worked out."

The 5-foot-9, 196-pound receiver was overlooked in the draft because of his size and age. The 26-year-old played four years in the Los Angeles Angels' farm system before starting his college football career. Cosby, who grew up in Texas, still follows baseball closely, especially his favorite team, the Yankees, who clinched a playoff spot by beating the Angels last Tuesday.

"Of course my buddies that are on the Angels, I'm pulling for them," Cosby said. "I'm more of a Yankees fan. It's about time again. We had a little drought, so it's time to get back to the top."


HARD TIMES IN KC: One Kansas City local who just happens to be a Pro Football Hall of Famer is preaching patience to Chiefs fans.

Len Dawson, who guided the team to its only two Super Bowl appearances, including a 1970 victory over Minnesota, urges the KC faithful to, well, keep the faith.

"There are a lot of new people in the organization and it's not an easy job to change the program just by changing people," Dawson said. "They have to find players and talent to compete at a high level. Bring in the right people, have the right system in place and find the players to play in it. That's what Scott Pioli's job is and he's outstanding at selecting talent."

Dawson, a cancer survivor, has partnered with "The Depend Campaign to End Prostate Cancer," encouraging men 40 or over to be proactive about their prostate health. Rod Woodson, who went into the Hall of Fame this year, also is part of the campaign.


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RAY'S RUSH: After infamously declaring last year his desire to set the NFL's single-season sacks record, Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards didn't play up to his self-propelled hype. This year, he's taken a quieter approach.

"I was worrying about things I shouldn't have been worrying about, and it kind of made me lose focus a little bit," Edwards said. "I just took the offseason to regain focus and get my mind right."

Edwards leads the team with 1 1/2 sacks and two forced fumbles through the first two games and is also second on the team, one behind middle linebacker E.J. Henderson, with 16 tackles. With Pro Bowler Jared Allen receiving plenty of attention on the other side, Edwards has had an easier time penetrating the backfield so far.

"Just working," Edwards said. "I was working to be the best. If you start focusing on the other things that the other guys are doing, you lose focus on yourself."

Still, Edwards said he doesn't regret publicizing his ambitious goal last year.

"Nah, because we all try to be the best out there," Edwards said. "Jared said it best: I was just bold enough to say it."


AP Football Writer Barry Wilner and Sports Writers Michael Marot in Indianapolis, Joe Kay in Cincinnati, Teresa M. Walker in Nashville, and Dave Campbell in Minneapolis contributed to this story.


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