Vince Young Fight: Does the Tennessee Titans QB Really Want It?
The enigma that is Vince Young continues to grow.
Every time it looks like the quarterback is heading in the right direction, he moves the wrong way out of the pocket.
His latest blunder includes a fight at a strip club in Dallas.
But the actual incident isn't as important as the future for Young as a person.
How much does he really want to be playing football?
This recent run-in with the law will surely garner attention from the league and most likely earn him a one- or two-game suspension.
For the Tennessee Titans this may be the information they need to determine his future with the team. Young has only two years left on his rookie contract, and this was going to be the all-or-nothing year.
On the field, Young is a winner. For some reason, despite sometimes errant throws or poor decisions, he wins games. But at some point, the quarterback has to do more than just be another player.
Young has struggled as a leader and center of attention. His desire to play football, work ethic, and decision making have all been questioned throughout his career.
Even his coach, Jeff Fisher, was hesitant to play the quarterback. Unfortunately for Fisher, Young succeeded late last year, and that may have been the worst thing for the team.
With Young as the offseason starter, he was set up to erase all his past blunders. Instead, he put those more in the forefront than ever before.
Personally, I'm not convinced that Young wants to be an NFL quarterback. When he is out there playing, he never looks fully comfortable. He'll have a great game where he seems in command of the huddle. Then a week later, he'll look lost and uninterested.
Off the field, reports of his work ethic have been more positive, but he isn't the guy you hear of doing that little extra.
Young has every right to go to a strip club and enjoy the remaining weeks of the offseason. But the Titans deserve someone who will make smarter choices. He had a chance to quiet critics by just staying away from the lights; instead, he has added more pressure than ever.
It seems the former Longhorn never wanted the pressure. Life was easy in Texas, but he can only outrun so much in the pros. As a starting QB in the NFL, his life is under 24-hour surveillance. There is no escaping it unless the person leaves the league.
Supposedly, the fight started because he was protecting his alma mater's pride. If he can't handle any form of heckling, does he still really want to be around it every day?
With Chris Johnson possibly holding out, the Titans need VY more than ever, but that may be too much for Young to deal with. His future is up in the air and his No. 1 weapon isn't standing by his side. His coach may not show the confidence in him that he needs either.
And more importantly, Young doesn't show the confidence in himself needed to be the best quarterback possible.
He'll enter the season with nobody as an option to replace him. The team is his. Maybe the Titans as a team aren't that great, but Vince has the chance to put his stamp on this team.
He can succeed on the field—that has been determined. But it will take a combination of leadership, confidence, and decision making to show what he truly wants.
The guy shouldn't be looked down upon if he doesn't care to be an NFL QB. But he shouldn't hold back the other 52 men on that field if there is any doubt in his mind.
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