The Young and The Rest: The Vince Young Experiment

Lucian ChaseContributor IApril 12, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans looks to pass during the game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 28, 2008 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

April 26 2006, New York City, there's a buzz in the air, raw talent waiting in the wings, it could only mean one thing - Draft Day.

Following a lack luster 4-12 campaign the Tennessee Titans has one big decision to make which could shape the future of their franchise for the next 10 years. The Steve McNair era in Nashville was drawing to a close and still without a ring to show, the time has come to make a change.

Time for Young blood?

For weeks, the debate between Leinart, Cutler and Vince Young had the NFL torn. With Mario Williams already looking for real estate in Houston and Reggie Bush off to re-build New Orleans, the Titans decided that Young would be the leader they needed to finally secure that elusive Super Bowl championship.

Starting the season behind Kerry Collins, Young watched and waited for his opportunity, which came just 4 games in after dismal displays from Collins. Young developed rapidly and helped turn a 0-5 start into a promising 8-8 season, featuring some incredible play from the University of Texas star.

The future looked bright.

A 10-6 2007 campaign showed the progression of the team as a whole, but Young took a step-back from an impressive rookie year; injuries and poor decision making was a worrying feature of his season.

2008 was his year to get past the second-year troubles and prove the critics wrong. But just 2 quarters into week 1, Young went down with yet another injury and after refusing to return to the game, was booed by the hometown faithful.

The premature beginning of the end?

After a series of off-the-field incidents, including a reported suicide attempt with police involvement, Young didn't return until a meaningless final game against the Colts.

So where did it all go wrong for VY? Some say the immense pressure of expectations, others argue his awkward throwing mechanics have and always will hold him back from becoming a great quarterback.

Whatever the cause, Jeff Fisher and his team need to make a decision on his future. With Kerry Collins as the number 1 and the recent addition of Patrick Ramsey, Young has little chance of making it back to the top spot.

Detroit, Washington, Seattle, Buffalo and a host of other teams could be possible trade partners, although at this stage, could the Titans expect any more than a couple of low round draft picks?

Whatever the future for Vince Young, it appears his time in Tennessee is all but through.

Experiment failed in Nashville and Jay Cutler isn't looking so small time anymore.