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After the horror show of the 2008 season, Vince Young was due a confidence boost. Coming back into the starter's role after a horrible 0-6 start last year, VY led the Titans on an 8-2 run that might have landed them a spot in the playoffs had the Chargers not mauled them on Christmas Day.
Young is not, despite what many say, a prima donna. After his torrid 2008 campaign, he worked as hard as any Titan in the last two offseasons to get back on track mentally as well as physically. Earning the starting gig this season will have done wonders for Young's confidence, and it showed in Week One as he led the NFL in passer rating.
However, Fisher's decision undermines this confidence horribly. Young was having a bad game, no two ways about it, but this Steelers defense (when Troy Polamalu is healthy) is a nightmare for even the most seasoned signal-caller. The Titans' O-line had huge trouble with Dick LeBeau's blitz schemes and Young was feeling the heat from the first snap. Unfortunately, he'd soon feel it off the field too.
VY has earned some leeway. He led the miraculous 99-yard drive to beat the Cardinals last year and had a huge hand in getting CJ2K his nickname, in addition to his impressive career win-loss record (27-14).
Young is going to be looking over his shoulder the rest of the year, thinking about how one bad day at the office could lead to benching. For a player who's gone through many tribulations, made massive strides in the last two years, and is finally looking like becoming a good NFL quarterback, that simply isn't fair.