When it comes to coaching, there's a fine line between stupid and clever.
And oftentimes, the validity of a decision isn't based on the merits of the move itself; it's based on the luckiness of the result. One simple choice, regardless of if it's well thought out or not, could make a genius or an idiot of a coach.
With precisely zero wins and Halloween just around the corner, the Titans are in trouble. They're playing without heart and they lack an identity. When it comes to their mysterious underachieving ways, they seem more confused than the fans at this point.
A spark is needed.
Mr. Young, it's your turn again.
Yes, Tennessee's problems go well beyond quarterbacking.
Yes, he has a history of being a loose cannon.
And no, he's probably not the future for the franchise.
Come to think of it, saying the Titans need a spark is like saying Charles Manson needs sensitivity counseling. They need a major kick in the butt.
At 0-4, what is there to lose? Putting him in last year at, say, the 7-0 point would have been asinine. But given that this season is all but lost, why not? Let the man they've wasted millions on go out swinging, at least.
There's literally nothing left to lose. At best, Kerry Collins is somewhat of a poor man's Scott Mitchell. But that was eight years ago. Nowadays, he's a capable game manager. That's it.
However, there is one caveat: everything has to be right with the other 10 offensive positions for him to look decent (see: last season). Such is the case with older quarterbacks.
These days, Brett Favre is being hailed as an ageless wonder. But could you imagine his stats if he were to go to Cleveland? If that were the case, we'd be yelling that he should have retired years ago.
With the Titans falling apart at the seams, Collins has been somewhat exposed this year. True, there is no shortage of "Kerry's Not the Problem!" articles floating around the internet.
That theory may be sound, given that there are a ton of other shortcomings Tennessee's dealing with. But he's not a franchise quarterback capable of carrying a team on his arthritic back.
Think back to a year ago. Do you think folks were hailing him as a savior? Of course not; he was merely the lesser of two evils, not screwing up and letting the running game and defense do their thing.
Simply put, Tennessee's reeling and it's time for a change. Whether or not Vince Young is the long term answer is incidental. This is a team in dire need of a catalyst, good, bad, or ugly. There's literally nowhere to go but up.
If he ends up succeeding, then suffice it to say that Tennessee fans who're critical would be happy to be proved wrong about the guy.
Perhaps riding the pine has matured him a bit. We won't know until he's given a shot, however.
And if he ends up leading the Titans further into the winless abyss, it's not like people's opinion of him could get any worse. Nor could the team's record. Zero wins is zero wins.
One of the better definitions of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result.
Mr. Fisher, time to walk the line.