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ESPN Asks Titans-Jags To Use Time Outs For Commercials

I saw many tweets last night wondering why Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio was using timeouts in the final 2 minutes of a blow-out loss to the Tennessee Titans last night. I mean, we all get the 'never quit' attitude, but down 23-3, and Tennessee with the ball, just let the game end.

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In turns out it wasn't a 'never say die' attitude, but a 'get every dollar' attitude that was the motivating factor.

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Titans' Head Coach Jeff Fisher, when asked why Chris Johnson was still in the game - he scored on a 35-yard touchdown run in the final minutes - said it was ESPN that asked for the teams to use their timeouts.

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On fourth-and-5 after Del Rio burned a second timeout, the Titans send Johnson off tackle and he broke free, going 35 yards for another touchdown and the final 30-3 margin.

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When it was over, Fisher joked a bit about the situation.

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"Jack used his timeouts," Fisher said. "My understanding is they needed network timeouts, and that's why Jack used his timeouts. They came over and asked me to do it, but I said, 'I was hoping to get a first down and kneel on it.'

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"At the end of the game like that, you don't kick a long field goal, you don't, you hand it off."

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ESPN truly is the root of all evil.

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.