Vince Young entered the 2006 NFL Draft following a monumental Rose Bowl performance against the USC Trojans. Young carried the Texas Longhorns past the heavily favored USC Trojans 41-38 en route to a national championship.
Young was drafted by the Tennessee Titans as the third overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft. Since then, Young has been labeled as a quarterback with behavioral problems who, while he doesn’t post impressive stats, has a successful win/loss record as a starting quarterback.
Vince Young’s latest in-game tantrum of throwing his jersey into the crowd and abandoning his teammates is another episode of Fisher demonstrating his disapproval of Young as the franchise quarterback. This is a timeline of the incidents that have transpired that suggest Fisher’s disdain of Young.
2006 NFL Draft
The Jeff Fisher vs. Vince Young saga began before the 2006 NFL Draft even started. Bud Adams, whose roots are established from his days of owning the Houston Oilers, declared that Young was his guy. Young’s Texas roots and his national championship performance was too much for Adams to pass up. Fisher wasn’t enthused about the selection, but he had to abide to the owner’s choice.
This would be the first of numerous instances where Adams would over mine Fisher’s authority in favor of his loyalty to Young.
2008 Jaguars Injury
The Vince Young saga took a wild turn in the 2008 regular season opener. Young has been known to distance himself from teammates during times of uncertainty. Young was having a poor performance against the divisional rival Jaguars, and he was booed by Titan fans. He appeared to be frustrated by this and was reluctant in returning to the game. He eventually did, and then sustained a knee injury four plays later.
Kerry Collins came in and led the Titans to victory. He maintained the starting job for the rest of the season and led the Titans to a 13-3 regular season record, the AFC’s best record.
Kerry Collins Debacle
The saying is that “You can’t lose your starting job to injury.” That wasn’t the case for Vince Young, who watched the Kerry Collins led Tennessee Titans jump out to a 0-6 record before their bye week in 2009. Bud Adams demanded Jeff Fisher reinsert Young into the starting lineup.
Behind a rejuvenated Chris Johnson and a passionate defense, Young took over and nearly took the Titans to a playoff berth. They finished the season 8-8 and entered the 2010 season as a trendy pick to win the AFC South.
Pittsburgh Steelers Benching
Kerry Collins wasn’t benched after the 0-6 start. That made for an interesting scenario when Vince Young was benched during a sluggish performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 of the 2010 season.
Young had followed his 8-2 stretch from 2009 with a dominating regular season opening performance against the Oakland Raiders in 2010. After struggling against the Steelers 3-4 defense, Fisher decided to bench Young in a close game. Collins didn’t perform any better and was responsible for more turnovers as the Titans fell 19-11 to the Steelers.
Vince Young’s recent sideline scurry has gotten NFL analysts and former players expressing their opinions about the controversial quarterback. Young threw his jersey into the stands and walked out on his coach after a post-game speech from Jeff Fisher.
According to Deion Sanders of NFL Network,
“Vince is really upset because every time he messes up, they place Kerry Collins in the game. But when Kerry Collins messes up or someone else, nothing happens, and he just got fed up with it. He wanted to go back in the game.”
The fiasco will be postponed as Young has been placed on IR (unless Young gets a second opinion about his injury that suggests he can play. Then, it might be just beginning). However, they’ll need to cooperate if they’re both Tennessee Titan employees in 2011.
These scenarios neglect the off-field behavioral issues that have plagued Vince Young, his durability, and any in-house matters that haven’t been publicized from media outlets. Does Jeff Fisher feel confident in committing to a quarterback whose demonstrated poor decision making on and off the field, especially with a hard-handed commish? Does Fisher trust Young’s ability to hold up for a game, much less a season? Are there any other matters that Young and Fisher have had that haven’t been noted?
Vince Young is done for the 2010 season, but he’ll be the anticipated starter in 2011. Unlike most owners, Adams seems to side with Young over Fisher. Titan fans seem to be of three different minds: Fire Fisher, Fire Young, or Fire Young and Fisher. Adams wants them to resolve their differences.
For the sake of PSLs, he might want to change his notion to one of the other three.
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John Glennon, The Tennessean. “NFL Analysts Weight in on Young, Fisher.” Accessed November 23, 2010. Clay Travis, NFL Fanhouse. “Jeff Fisher or Vince Young? Bud Adams Sentences Them to Live Together.” Accessed November 23, 2010.
Stephanie Stradley, NFL Fanhouse. “Vince Young Unwilling to go on Field, Then gets Knee Injury.” Accessed November 23, 2010.