The Houston Oilers have learned how to deal with family emergencies. Figuring a way to get a second victory is another matter.

The Oilers avoided another Babygate controversy by allowing Cris Dishman to fly home early Sunday for the birth of Cris Jr. and then return to Kansas City in time to play in the Oilers' 31-9 loss.That made the Dishmans happy, but Monday was another day of pulling strings for coach Jeff Fisher, trying to snap the 11-game losing streak the Oilers take into Saturday's final game.

Fisher announced that he will start Bucky Richardson at quarterback against the New York Jets, replacing Billy Joe Tolliver, who started seven of the last eight games.

"I just wanted to give him an opportunity to start a game," said Fisher, 0-5 as the Oilers' head coach. "We played lot of people the last couple of weeks and I think it's fair now to give him a chance."

Richardson hasn't played since an ineffective performance Dec. 4 against Arizona. when he had trouble with audibles.

Tolliver has tried to implement the new Oilers offense with mixed success.

Fisher hopes his plan for Richardson works as well as the Oilers' plan arranging for Dishman to be with his wife, Karen, for the birth of their child.

The Oilers secured a charter flight at 2:30 a.m. Sunday that got Dishman back to Houston for the birth at 7:12 a.m. He then made it back 90 minutes before the 3 p.m. CST kickoff.

"I was mentally drained coming back," Dishman said. "But once I walked into the locker room and I saw all my teammates congratulating me, I got through it.

"I didn't even have time to get cigars."

Last year, tackle David Williams stayed in Houston for the birth of his first child. The Oilers fined him a game check, claiming he could have taken a later flight to Boston and been in uniform for the game.

This time, owner Bud Adams sent cigars to the locker room and general manager Floyd Reese made certain plans were in place to avoid a repeat of last year's controversy.