What About Vince Young?

Lee TawilContributor ISeptember 10, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 16:  Quarterbacks Kerry Collins #5 and Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans talk on the sidelines in the second half while taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on November 16, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Titans defeated the Jaguars 24-14.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Leading up to the opening game in the NFL season tonight, I felt compelled to discuss the Titans lack of a QB controversy. Yes, I feel that there should be a debate about the starting QB position in Tennessee. In my opinion, Collins is getting off way too easy without a battle between himself and former starter, Vince Young.

When Vince Young went down early last season, Kerry Collins took over and led the Titans to a 12-3 record in the games that he started. Everything was going smoothly in Tennessee, so Coach Jeff Fisher decided not to stir things up with a QB controversy around playoff time, which I guess I could agree with. The thing that most people don’t realize is that Vince Young never did anything to lose the starting job for the 2009 season as well. The momentum of last season is no more, and I feel that Vince Young never got a fair opportunity to win his starting job back. He was the starter through 16 games in 2007, leading the Titans to the playoffs with a 10-6 record. Then he went down in week 1 in 2008, and the job never came back to him. Granted, the Titans finished with the best record in the NFL last season, but I cannot honestly say that Kerry Collins was a huge reason for that. The Titans were clearly a team that was led by their defense and their running game, and they required minimal production out of their QB.

With Vince Young, you have a player who can be really dynamic, and he can do some special things out on the football field. He has enough tools to work with and build on, so that he can be the leader of this team in the future. However, the longer the Titans leave him on the bench, the longer the process will be to help him mature. Collins is clearly not the way of the future, and I think that if Collins goes down, it would be a blessing in disguise for the Titans’ franchise. Young needs game situations in order to grow and become the best that he can be. And because Young’s ceiling of potential is much higher than Collins, I think that it would be a very beneficial situation for the Titans to be in. As I see it, Collins can’t win you games, he can preserve them. On the other hand, although Young might lose you games, he can win them also. And if you ever want to seriously make a push to the Super Bowl, you are much more likely going to get there with a guy like Young.

Don’t forget, both QBs led this team to the playoffs, so it’s not as if Young cannot keep up with the NFL game. He is a proven winner from his days in Texas, and he led the Titans to the playoffs in his rookie season. How much more evidence do you need to convince you that Vince Young should be the starter of the Tennessee Titans? At the least, it should be a tougher decision for Jeff Fisher to make.