Tennessee Titans: 5 Players Who Could Be the Titans' Starting QB in 2011
Vince Young's time with the Tennessee Titans seems to be over. His emotional and selfish behavior has lost him favor with the coaches, the fans and maybe even Bud Adams.
As of now, he is done for the year due to an injury to his thumb. However, it seems like he would have been benched regardless of the thumb injury after what Jeff Fisher said in his press conference:
"Had there not been an injury, but still his actions after the game, he wouldn’t be the starter."
It's already been determined that Rusty Smith will start until Kerry Collins is healthy again.
The real question is who will be starting for the Titans in 2011?
Here is a list of five potential starters for the 2011 season.
5. NFL Draft Pick
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If Young is dropped, it is almost certain the Titans will reboot and grab a quarterback in the first round. Andrew Luck, Ryan Mallett and Jake Locker seem to be the top picks as of now.
However, even if the Titans do draft a quarterback, he probably won't be the starter at the beginning of the season.
Jeff Fisher likes to ease his quarterbacks into the game, not throw them to the wolves.
It is highly unlikely we will see a rookie starting next year.
4. Rusty Smith
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This is a long shot as well. It will depend on how Smith plays the rest of this season. You never know—he could turn out to be one heck of a quarterback with a little more practice.
As much as I'd like to see him do great, it seems he was drafted for a backup role.
3. Kerry Collins
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Kerry Collins seems to be the favorite to start next year, but it's hard to tell how his body will hold up in what will be his 17th season in the NFL.
He does not seem to have the power he used to have, but if no free agent quarterbacks seem good enough or the Titans draft a quarterback, No. 5 will most likely start the season.
2. Kevin Kolb
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Okay, maybe this is another long shot, but with Michael Vick the obvious starter in Philly and only being 30 years old, the Eagles may look to trade Kolb.
This will cost most likely a second or third-round draft pick, but it would be worth it. Kolb could be the franchise quarterback the Titans have been looking for.
1. Matt Leinart
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This is the most likely option for the Titans. Leinart will once again be a free agent after this year, and Leinart was who Jeff Fisher would have drafted if he had it his way.
Leinart wants to start, and if that chance is available in Tennessee, he'll take it.
He may not be a permanent answer, but he could get the Titans through the 2011 season.
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Who do you think will start next year?