I just don’t see Coach Jeff Fisher and quarterback Vince Young co-existing too much longer.
Young is unappreciated in Tennessee and after hearing loud boos from the Nashville fans at home one week after an opening week win in which he threw two TDs against Oakland, may be the final straw.
Young’s time in Tennessee is coming to an abrupt end, and there will likely be other NFL teams who are looking for his leadership skills and playmaking ability along with a coaching staff that truly supports him when his time is up in Tennessee.
Fisher is just as temperamental as the Titans’ fans and this merry-go-around of snatching the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback off the field is become a worrisome narrative.
Young had saved his coach’s job in 2006 and 2009 after sitting on the bench.
Many may remember when the Titans’ long-time coach unceremoniously pulled Young off the field after the first game of the 2008 season and replaced him with the veteran, Kerry Collins.
The tension grew exponentially between Fisher and Young when rumors circulated that Young was contemplating suicide and Fisher had called authorities on his own. Shortly thereafter, the suicide speculation became a media circus once the police were called.
Fisher acted without receiving more information and one would believe the Titans have a security staff that can find Young and offer recommendations if they couldn’t locate the football star.
The media turned Young’s situation into a national joke and it almost ruined the former Texas Longhorn’s career.
Fisher got what he wanted, Young off the field. In 2006, he was against the Titans’ drafting Young and wanted USC’s Matt Leinart.The owner Bud Adams wanted Young. Fisher is an alumnus of USC and had hired Norm Chow as a quarterback coach prior to Young’s arrival.
Chow, Leinart’s fomer coach at USC and Vince Young didn’t get along and this preceded Young’s 2008 benching by Fisher.
Bud Adams saved Young’s career by strongly encouraging Fisher to start Young after the Titans started the 2009 season 0 and 6 after a 59-0 loss to the New England Patriots.
Young helped the Titans regains respectability and ended the season at 8 and 8.
Fast forward to 2010, and the impulsive Tennessee Titans’ coach strikes again.
Fisher replaced Young during a 19-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter on Sunday, but told the media after the game that his decision should not be considered a sign that Young’s job is in jeopardy.
Young remained diplomatic in his responses.
“He is the head coach. I am definitely disappointed for being benched, but at the same time he is the head coach.” Young said.
Asked about remaining the starter, Young said: “I hope so. I pray to God, I hope so. I want them to continue to keeping trusting in me. (Fisher) felt he wanted to go with Kerry and I can’t go up to the boss and tell him no. What I have to do is follow the rules.”
Entering his fifth year, Young received a $4.25 million roster bonus on March 10th along with a $7.25 million base salary in 2010.
Prior to the 2009 season, the Titans organization were entertaining the thought of cutting Young, but after the 6’5 dual-threat quarterback saved the Titans’ season, efforts were made by management to re-sign Young with the Titans.
Young declined to sign an extension, so he will enter his final season next year without a contract and is positioning himself to exit Tennessee or to have Bud Adams make a decision on whether Jeff Fisher should stay as head coach.
Are the Titans better off with Vince Young as the face of the franchise or with Jeff Fisher as the head coach?
Sunday’s benching in Nashville just cements the rift between Young and Fisher. And Bud Adams has a tough decision to make in a very short amount of time.