(FootballStL) -- Nobody was happier to see Tavon Austin have a monster game against the Indianapolis Colts than head coach Jeff Fisher. But Fisher says he's not a big fan of Austin taking chances around the goal line on punt returns.
Austin handled a punt at the two yard line against the Colts, and returned it 98 yards for his first punt return touchdown in the NFL.
"If you’re going to do it again, I want the same results, but he’s making good decisions," said Fisher. "What happened after that, obviously, they changed their philosophy and they end-over-end pooch punted just like we’ve seen the last couple weeks, so it ends up being a fair catch game. But, in those situations where the ball’s not fair caught, he’s come alive. Guys get that, and they know every time the ball’s put in the air that he’s got a chance to return it.”
Austin also caught touchdown passes of 57 and 81 yards. Fisher believes there will be more big plays to come from his rookie wide receiver. “Well, go to Carolina – he got open and it was called back because of tripping and then we had him open last weekend and we missed him, so he’s getting open. Kellen (Clemens) made a great throw on the deep ball and then, of course, on the shallow cross on third down. We’ve been doing that and they, for some reason, dropped coverage or didn’t have anybody on the back side. That’s the risk that you face when you’re playing man-to-man against us is that there’s going to be guys that are going to get open. In his case, run after catch is a huge threat.”
Clemens was making just his third start of the season, but Fisher says Clemens' leadership ability is having a big impact on players like Austin.
“He’s got that kind of personality. He’s one of those guys that expects you to do the best you possibly can. He’s got a subtle way of going about that. He encourages guys. In the huddle – the call’s made and as the huddle’s breaking, and on the way to the line of scrimmage – he’s with the young guys out there. He’s always offering reminders – remember this, this, this, that – and it makes it a little easier on guys, especially the young guys.”