NFL: Estranged Titans QB Vince Young Apologizes to Head Coach Jeff Fisher
The feud started with an injury to Young and a disputed sidelining due to the injury, and led to the quarterback tossing his pads into the stands and walking out on his coach Sunday. It continued Monday with Young, who has been placed on injured reserve, being asked to leave the Titans team facility. Now, in a further development, Young has apparently apologized to Fisher via text message.
While this may look like an attempt to rebuild the relationship, it really speaks to the continued immaturity of Young. "I’m not a real big text guy,” Fisher said. “I’m not really into this new age stuff. I don’t twit or tweet. But I think face-to-face is a man thing, OK?" Fisher is right, this is definitely a situation that should be resolved in person, or at least in a phone call. Texting is great for certain situations, but this is not one of them.
Fisher isn't the only one Young needs to apologize to, either—he owes his whole team and the organization an apology. Even if his intention was to just walk out on Fisher, he still walked out on the rest of the Titans players. His actions embarrass the organization as a whole. He is not the first quarterback to have problems with his coach or to get benched this year, but he is the only one who has handled it this poorly. This isn't the first time he has handled adversity this poorly, either.
In the past, Young has been in two other major incidents. The first was when Young told his offensive coordinator he didn't want to return to the game because he was getting booed. The second was when he scared friends and family by disappearing momentarily, a short time after his therapist thought he may be suicidal. He apologized for both of these things, which was the right thing to do. But he has never really changed and become the man he said he would in those apologies.
Overall, Young's text-message apology continues the pattern of immaturity he has shown his entire career. He needs to apologize correctly, and follow through by growing up this time. His inability to possess mental stability is really disappointing, because a player with the physical tools and skills of Young has a chance to be a great player in this league.
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