Will Tennessee Titans Right the Ship in 2011 and Find Their Future QB?
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The Titans have parted ways with Jeff Fisher and started a new era with new head coach Mike Munchak. Most people close to Munchak will tell you he is perfect for the task at hand and is a leader among men.
The same cannot be said about former starting QB Vince Young. His immaturity came to a head last season, causing an apparent feud between he and Coach Fisher.
I never questioned Young's heart or his ability to win through adversity, but when you are immature and lack the leadership qualities needed to carry your team into the postseason and beyond, something's got to give.
VY's accuracy and awkward throwing motion were hard to stomach during his stint with the Titans. It was only a matter of time before a change was made. Trying to change Young's throwing motion may have resulted in a less accurate result.
With the failures of Vince Young and Kerry Collins not considered the starter, mainly due to his age, it's time for the Titans to start from scratch.
There are some options available to the Titans, provided there is a new CBA in place that would allow free agency to move forward in 2011. If the Titans are looking for a veteran QB through free agency or trade, the top name that surfaces is Eagles QB Kevin Kolb. It depends on whether or not Andy Reid will part with his former second-round selection.
Other than Kolb, it doesn't seem likely that the club would part with its draft picks in a trade unless it has targeted a QB it feels could start from day one.
In the draft, the Titans could look at Blaine Gabbert from Missouri. He is the top-rated QB now that Andrew Luck has decided to remain at Stanford. Gabbert played in a spread offense, and there are some questions about his ability to read defenses but he is athletic with ideal arm strength and has a big upside. He should be available with the eighth overall selection.
The Titans could take a risk at No. 8 by selecting Cam Newton. He has the WOW factor, but do the Titans want to follow up the Vince Young fiasco by selecting Newton? Both Newton and Young were highly decorated QBs from national championship teams, but that doesn't necessarily mean success in the NFL. The comparisons between the two have already begun, although Newton reminds me more of Ben Roethlisberger.
The Titans could also draft for best available or best available/need in the first round and hope that either Jake Locker or Ryan Mallett falls to them in the second round.
What the Titans do at the quarterback position is their most pressing issue. If they guess and they are right, they can build the team around their new franchise QB. If they are wrong, next year they will be paddling the same old boat.
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