It would appear that Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams is going to have a choice to make this offseason.
The choice is one that owners have been making since the beginning of the NFL. Does he keep his long tenured head coach that has a record of 141-115 or his young franchise quarterback who is 26-14 but still needs to grow-up?
I would appear after yesterday's loss to the Washington Redskins in overtime that the rift between quarterback Vince Young and head coach Jeff Fisher is irreparable.
After being injured in the third quarter Young apparently wanted to come back into the game and when Fisher either told him directly or through another coach that it wasn't going to happen, Young didn't take it too well.
According to Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt, Young in frustration tossed his jersey and shoulder pads into the stands while leaving the field, while Fisher was addressing the team Young was muttering under his breath and when Fisher told Young not to quit on his teammates, Young said (and this is according to Wyatt) that "he wasn't quitting on his teammates, he was quitting on Fisher."
Usually when these flare-ups happen between a coach and a franchise quarterback, the coach loses.
However, Vince Young has shown time and time again that he is too immature to lead the Titans. Honestly, what Young needs is to be a backup under a quarterback he respects and learn how to lead. Not to mention the Titans will owe him $14 million next season.
Then you have Fisher who is a proven winner and the longest tenured coach for any given team in the league. Maybe there will be a quarterback on the free agency market for the Titans to plug in there or they could move up in the draft to get another franchise quarterback.
As of right now, it would appear that the Titans will either part ways with their coach or quarterback. But then again, this league changes week to week.
Right now Fisher says that Young is no longer the starter, but if injuries persist and Young comes in and plays well and acts mature, both could be back next season or in 2012 if there is a lock-out.