The Titans lost to the Redskins in overtime. Partly because Vince Young injured his hand on a helmet while passing and was forced to leave the game. Young taped his hand and thumb and attempted to get back in the game. Jeff Fisher preferred to play the untested rookie, Rusty Smith, instead of allowing Young to play. Kerry Collins is also injured and unable to play.
After the game, Young threw his pads into the stands as he left the field. In the locker room, Fisher and Young had harsh words and Young left the stadium.
I am disappointed with both Jeff Fisher and Vince Young. From appearance, it looks as if Fisher would rather have another quarterback to play. He has undermined Vince Young since the original benching and so-called suicide watch.
Young has improved every year he has been in the League. However, I speculate that the booing on Sunday coupled with his second game where Fisher refused to put him back in the game was too much for him.
Football players are aggressive and find their self-worth on the field. Young responded in a way that was consistent with his upbringing. Throwing his pads into the stands may be considered immature by many, but it is definitely considered a sign of frustration by all.
Young has had to endure a plethora of undeserved negative press. The reports of his low intelligence were greatly exaggerated during the draft. The home paper in Nashville formerly had a reporter named Paul Kuharsky, now with ESPN, that seems to take a personal interest in drumming Vince out of town.
Add to the mix benching Vince when he thought that he could play, and losing games in the process was finally too much for Vince Young.
Where does that leave the team and the fans. It is obvious that there is tension between Fisher and Young. The team has underperformed this season and it is not the fault of the quarterback.
Young has consistently been in the top 10 in quarterback ratings this season. He is No. 5 as of this writing and expected to be higher when the last game is included in his record. Fisher has had some good seasons, but not many out of his 16 years at the helm.
Two of the losses this season can be directly attributed to the conservative play calling of the coaching staff. Might it be time for Fisher to be moved out? It is difficult to find good quarterbacks and good coaches. Young has proved himself with his winning ways.
There have been very few field generals that began their career with the won loss record he has achieved. Fisher may still be smarting from being forced to take Young by the team owner, Bud Adams. This may be an underlying cause of the disconnect between coach and player. One of them needs to leave Nashville.
It is my opinion that Coach Fisher has achieved as much as he is ever going to achieve with the Oilers/Titans. It is time for him to start fresh with another team or try broadcasting.
Out of all the quarterbacks taken in 2006, Young is the most successful. It is apparent that finding a quarterback is not very easy, and finding one that can begin his career by winning two-thirds of his games is even more difficult. It must be discouraging to the other team members when the best chance of winning is sitting on the bench. It must be even more discouraging to find that it is the coaches decision that put him there.
The Titans are now officially a dysfunctional organization. Mr. Adams, it is time to make a decision. If there is a vote to be taken, I vote for a new coach and staff.