Oh The Vince-Anity: Why Starting Vince Young Is a Win-Win Situation
The news is this week that after their rough 0-6 start, Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams is forcing Head Coach Jeff Fisher to bench aging Quarterback Kerry Collins and give Vince Young a chance to lead the team and show what he's got.
It feels good to be right.
In March I wrote Who Will Start More Next Year which estimated when and how much Vince Young and Houston Texans Dan Orlovsky would play in 2009.
My estimation for Vince was that he would play from week 8 on. Not to toot my own horn, but I couldn't have hit it more head on. He is indeed making his 2009 starting debut in week 8 as estimated, but what will happen and how long will he last? I projected he would play 8 games in 2009, so only time will tell.
Bud Adams has never been one to completely put the hammer down on a coach to force personnel moves. Previous to the 2006 draft, Fisher had made a few initial comments that alluded to the fact that he wasn't in full support of the team drafting Young. On draft day, however, Fisher's tune suddenly changed.
Influence of the Owner perhaps? I think so.
Regardless of the change of tune, the Titans took Young in that draft and the organization began what "appeared" to be building the team around him. Although he led the team to the playoffs and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, statistically his season was mediocre to poor at best. The following season Young seemed to be off to a relatively average start before injuring his Quadricep in Week 6. He hasn't been the same since.
Then after another injury and some odd personal problems leading to questionable behavior at the beginning of 2008, he was stripped of his starting duties. Relieving Young, Kerry Collins led the Titans on their magical run last year, but has the team off to a terrible start this year.
Leading us to where we are in week 8 of the 2009 season - with "VY" starting once again. Although none of the Titans brass will ever admit that there is anything "fishy" going on and that they have given up on him, Young's demeanor on the sidelines has told a different story last year and so far this year.
He doesn't talk to the rest of the team. He never smiles. It looks like he's listening to an i-pod with a hood on most of the time and in his own world. He never celebrates on big plays and no one gives him high-fives. He is totally isolated, which shows that there is much more to the story than the "his talents just don't fit without offensive scheme" or "he's not smart enough to run an NFL offense" B.S. that has been given from Fisher and his staff.
So what happens now? I guess Young's just supposed to step in and be the leader of a team that doesn't respect or acknowledge him. That'll be simple! (Does the sarcasm read?)
For whatever reason that still remains behind closed doors, Vince Young is not a Titan in his, the team's and Jeff Fisher's minds. Regardless, like a surprising number of #10 dedicated fans, Bud Adams still believes in him and has made that well known this week forcing Fisher's hand to revive Young as the starter.
All this being said playing Vince Young is really a win-win situation. The Titans aren't going anywhere this year. That's been established. So why not give him a chance to show what he's got? If he comes in and shows flashes of brilliance, suddenly he becomes the future of the team again or strong potential trade bait. If he continues to look terrible, then they can simply put their minds and the minds of Titans fans at ease by cutting their losses at the end of next year when his contract ends.
For Young, it's a true chance to audition for the world and show them what VY is all about. When he came into the NFL, he was immediately thrown to the wolves and never had a chance to learn and adjust to NFL over college. Maybe the next 8 games will be his chance to practice and learn how to play as an NFL quarterback without the pressure of fans and media pushing him to take a team to the playoffs. The expectations are already low...so it's time for Vince to show what he's got.
Oh...and as for Dan-O...as incredible as Matt Schaub is playing this year, I really hope that I am wrong in my prediction from March about Orlovsky playing 2 games unless Schaub is just resting the last two weeks after clinching a playoff birth.
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