Well, he's gone and done it now.
Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams has come out publicly in support of starting Vince Young over embattled quarterback Kerry Collins, citing the need to "find out how well he can do."
Adams also stated that he has wanted Young in the game for some time, since "Kerry has been having his problems out there."
Has Bud even been watching the games?
Collins is not the one having the problems.
The wide receiver corps is having problems catching footballs; one half of the running game is having problems holding onto the football and hitting the holes; the entire defensive backfield is having problems remembering how to play football, for crying out loud.
But Kerry Collins can only put the ball in the receivers' reach and hope they can pull it in; Kerry himself, though, has not been having problems out there.
Bud also backed up his support of Young with the assertion that, "Vince has won a lot of games for us."
Vince has also lost a lot of games. And he has demonstrated a propensity to act out when things get tough.
Fans in Nashville are fickle, and the VY haters will be merciless. How will he react this time if he throws two interceptions, and the boos start raining down again?
Head coach Jeff Fisher has managed to avoid any quarterback controversy all year long, solidly stating his intentions each and every week that Kerry Collins was the starting quarterback and would remain so.
But this week, after Papa Bud inserted himself into the equation, Coach Fisher is mysteriously noncommittal.
Prediction: Fisher will start Young, and the first time he screws up, he will yank the cord and put Collins back in.
Jeff Fisher is anything but a pushover. If he is like any other successful coach in the NFL, the one thing he cannot stand is to be told how to coach.
By anyone. Even the owner .
Unfortunately, the NFL is rife with owners who think they know better than the men they hired to coach their teams. Bud Adams, Al Davis, Jerry Jones, even Dan Snyder all fall into this category.
I'm sure there are more, but these names stick out prominently.
One other thing that sticks out about these owners is that once they begin meddling, the end of the road for the particular coach with whom they are interfering is looming on the horizon.
If the coach in question does not respond properly—i.e. do as he is told and like it—then said coach is looking for a new job.
While Al Daivs is unique amongst owners as having also been a coach of the team he owns, he is still the owner, and not the guy on the sidelines with the players.
The owner is the guy who fronts the money for player paychecks, not the guy who has to tell the player he is being fined for actually tackling someone on the football field.
The owner is the guy up in the luxury box during the game, schmoozing with deep-pocketed fans, not the guy in the locker room having to keep the players' minds on the task of playing football, sharing the successes and shouldering the blame—publicly at least—for the failures.
The owner is the guy who checks in at the practice facility to "see how things are going," usually in a suit and tie and never out in the sun for too long; not the guy out on the practice field with the players, sweating in the sun, freezing in the cold and the rain, pouring his heart and soul into trying to make the team right.
In other words, the owner is the guy who needs to sit back and let the coach he hired do the job he has been hired to do; if he's unhappy with him, replace him, but don't undercut his authority publicly.
That is one sure way to make a bad situation worse.
If there are any doubters, one need go no further than a former Houston Oilers fan, any Oilers fan, who remembers why the Oilers left Texas.
Something will come up about Adams micromanaging and meddling in coaching affairs, instead of keeping a respectable distance from day-to-day operations he has no background in.
Granted, he does own the team, and can do what he wishes. But if he wishes to remain in the good graces of his newly-adopted town of Nashville, Tennessee, he would do well to remember the lessons learned in Houston.
Wait a minute, I forgot. Multimillionaire oil barons don't learn lessons; they give lessons.
Pay attention, class, Bud Adams is about to give a lesson in stupidity.
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