Vince Young meltdown buzz isn’t new in Tennessee. Yet yesterday’s Vince Young meltdown could be his last in a Titans uniform, and stands to be his last of 2010, at the least. For several years, the Titans’ quarterback has had an uneasy relationship with the team and fans, which is often ignored when he’s winning. But he has only shown flashes of his college glory, and those flashes have been few and far between in recent weeks. After his play reached a new low yesterday, the subsequent injuries and meltdown left Vince Young a longshot to play in Tennessee again.
Against the Redskins, Young could only throw for 185 yards and no touchdowns, before suffering another injury. This time, he tore a tendon in his throwing thumb, yet he still warmed up to come back. When Jeff Fisher wouldn’t consider it, things escalated from there afterwards.
The building blocks of the Vince Young meltdown began earlier, as fans booed him for his poor play. He even waved his hands at the fans during a booing session, so he was in no mood to deal with them or Fisher. According to source, he boiled over at everyone at the end
After the Titans’ 19-16 overtime loss, Young tossed his shoulder pads into the stands, and was reported to have thrown his helmet as well. In the locker room, he allegedly muttered curse words while Fisher was trying to address the team. After Fisher told Young to keep quiet, he stormed out of the locker room, saying “I’m not running out on my teammates, I’m running out on you.”
Tennessean writer Jim Wyatt reported that the Vince Young meltdown reached a climax afterwards, as safety Michael Griffin tried to get him to come back. But he allegedly brushed him off at the player’s parking lot and left, as several reporters witnessed it.
Griffin denied their confrontation took place, while Fisher had no comment on the issue. However, he did say that Young’s injury would keep him out, perhaps for the year. Yet even without the injury, Fisher claimed he would not put him back in.
Once reports on the Vince Young meltdown spread, the quarterback posted his own response on Twitter. He apologized to his team and said he was just “competitive” and wants to play – but that may not happen for the rest of 2010, at least in Tennessee.
Three weeks ago, the Titans were flying high at 5-2, as they were challenging the Colts in the AFC South. Now, they are 5-5 and don’t have Young or Kerry Collins to lead them. Rookie Rusty Smith is their new leader, while the Randy Moss experiment has yielded just one catch in two games.
The Titans next face the equally troubled Texans, but their playoff hopes are fading in the crowded AFC. After yesterday’s injury and meltdown, Vince Young is no longer the one that can lead them out of it.
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