With Titans Starting Young, Significance Goes Beyond The Win/Loss Column

Dave StanleyCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at LP Field on October 11, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Colts defeated the Titans 31-9.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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It's funny how things can come full circle.  

A little over a year ago Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans were faring somewhat poorly in a season-opening matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  

Of course, we all know the end result:  

The interceptions.

The boos. 

The benching.  

To be fair, he was injured in the game, but one gets the feeling that he probably would have been pulled anyhow, given his and the team's sluggish performance.  Kerry Collins then came in to lead the team to a stellar regular season record and the playoffs.

Nowadays, with the team having gone 2-10 since their improbable 10-0 start last year, the Titans coaching staff has named Young the starter for their upcoming game with...Jacksonville.  

In essence, the first day of the rest of Young's career begins now.  There are many questions about not only his affect on the team's success, but also as to just how the rest of his playing days will pan out.  

At this juncture, he's delicately treading the fine line between being a success and being a bust.  Not only is he aiming to save a franchise in turmoil, but also his flailing career.  

Owner Bud Adams has emphatically stated that he feels Young to be the quarterback of the future.  Having the man who signs the checks on your side is not necessarily a bad thing.  

However, his underperforming career makes it hard to justify giving him his hefty salary as his contract nears its end.  It'd almost be easier to trade him.  For what, specifically, depends on how well he plays the rest of this year. 

Then again, if he does, in fact, resuscitate the Titans to respectability, Adams could view it as validation.  Afterwards, Young goes on to a glorious—or, at least some semblance of respectable—career with the franchise.  

The storylines are endless; the plot ever-thickening in this latest installment in the Vince Young saga.  

How well he does or doesn't play will speak volumes.  If he consistently shows lack of effort or sloppiness out there, then that says that he pouted, loafed, and didn't make the most of his time with the clipboard.  

If he does well, then perhaps he does have the heart of a champion.  To face the adversity and embarrassment that he's been through, only to come back stronger and a better person, would give hope not only to the Titans, but his career as well.  

All things considered, this is, without question, sink-or-swim time for Young.  Throw in the fact that Tennessee is winless, and next year's draft looks to be quarterback-rich, and, well, the proverbial writing is on the wall.  

If he plays his cards right, he'll ensure that his play will merit him a spot on someone's team next year.  

It's almost fitting that the team he began his tailspin against is the same team that he can begin to script his resurgence.

Mr. Young, time to complete the circle.