Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans Saga

Greg RiotAnalyst IJune 2, 2009

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 21:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans sits on the bench next to Kerry Collins #5 as they both watch action on the jumbotron during the 1st half of the game against the Houston Texans on October 21, 2007 at Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Tennessee Titans Getting Vince Young Restless

Well, look what we have here! A juicy bit of news hit the pipeline: Vince Young is on the verge of giving the Tennessee Titans the ol’ stiff-arm of “play me or trade me.”

While he didn’t come out and say it bluntly, it’s obvious to everyone involved in the organization that Vince Young will not sit idly by and watch Kerry Collins lead the team he perceives to be his own.

The problem for VY is that Collins did what Vince Young clearly wasn’t capable of. He turned the Titans into a legitimate contender, and ignited a passing game that allowed Jeff Fisher’s running game to take center stage.

The Titans were the best bet in football last year, going 12-3-1 ATS and 13-3 SU, while dominating the trenches with the scariest interior linemen in the league. Nobody thought Collins could do it, but he did, and now he’s earned the right to start again. Good for you, Mr. Fisher, for making the right call.

And shame on Vince Young for being a damn baby about it!

My problem with Vince is simple: He hasn’t proven that he’s a capable starter.

In 2006, as a rookie, he posted a 66.7 quarterback rating. He lobbed up 13 picks, and only offset that stat with 12 passing touchdowns. In 2007, you could say he improved, but only if you consider a 71.1 passer rating, nine passing touchdowns, and 17 interceptions as an improvement (which you simply can’t).

You can’t negate the natural talent that Vince has, but quarterback is the most crucial part of the game. If you don’t have someone who can make it work, you find someone else.

Why else do you think a guy like Trent Dilfer, or a geezer like Brad Johnson, continually found work in the league? It’s not just their ability to digest and execute a playbook; it’s also their mental stiffness that has given them the privilege of taking snaps.

Vince Young went missing after injuring his knee in Week One against Jacksonville, and the quarterback’s own mother came out to defend her son. The only problem is that it added more weight to the seriousness of the issue that Vince Young was battling severe depression and potential suicide.

Vince’s mental capacities were questioned when he entered the league due to the Wonederlic fiasco. Now it's his emotional reserves we’re questioning. Standing on the verge of a temper tantrum with Jeff Fisher is not the kind of positive nod you want to read about when it comes to a player like Vince Young.

Tennessee is the fifth best team in the AFC according to the BetUS AFC Championship Futures. At +900, they are being given the same odds as Baltimore, and higher odds than New England, Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Indianapolis.

If you think they have a chance in hell to survive the loss of Albert Haynesworth, the potential sophomore slump of Chris Johnson, the brewing quarterback controversy between Collins and Young in the face of such odds, then put your money where your mouth is, chump. Get to the NFL Futures now!

Maybe Tennessee feels that they made a mistake by becoming enamored with Vince Young’s potential after being a beast in college prior to the 2006 Draft. After all, they could’ve had Jay Cutler.

But what’s done is done, and all that’s left for Vince is to rightfully earn his spot back from Collins.

Quit whining like a baby, Vince. Grow up already.