Jeff Fisher on Gary Brackett Hit: '100 Percent Unnecessary'
Titans' Head Coach Jeff Fisher believes it should be severe.
Fisher, a member of the NFL's Competition Committee, said the NFL has a chance to make a point with the punishment and called Brackett's hit "100 percent unnecessary."
"It was probably one of the most vicious hits that I've ever seen," Teresa Walker of the Associated Press quoted Fisher as saying on his weekly radio show Tuesday. "Then, to come in (Monday) morning and have the equipment guys bring his helmet to me and the helmet was cracked. You can imagine the impact."
Brackett, the Colts' defensive captain, was penalized for an illegal blindside block on the hit, which came on the final of the first half of the Colts' 23-20 victory over the Titans Sunday. Amato had run toward the goal line and was in the process of turning toward Brackett when Brackett hit him deep in Colts territory.
Brackett has been fined twice this season for unnecessary hits, and Walker reported that a third such fine could include a suspension. Brackett was penalized under the so-called "Hines Ward Rule," designed to protected defenseless players following a change of possession.
Brackett said he had not heard from the league office.
"We will see how that goes," Brackett said. "I don't think it was malicious at all. I think it was just a football play, and I still think I hit him with my shoulder first and the head was secondary. But we will see how the NFL views it and we will move on."