There are few things in sports that are funnier to me than watching an athlete backpedal from an idiotic statement.
In the case of Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young, it's his agent who's doing all the damage control.
On Saturday, Young popped off at the mouth, telling a Baltimore TV station that he wanted out of Tennessee if the Titans wouldn't make him the starter.
His rationale was that someone would give him a shot at a starting role if the Titans kicked him to the curb.
It didn't take long for Young's agent, Major Adams, to try and undo the damage Young did with his mouth.
"Vince's desire has always been to compete for the starting quarterback job in Tennessee," Adams told The Associated Press.
He went on to say that Young worked out at the Titans' Baptist Sports Park Monday and planned to attend a function hosted by team owner Bud Adams.
According to Major Adams, those two facts were proof positive that Young was committed to Tennessee.
"If he didn't have a desire to stay there, he wouldn't be doing any of that," Young's agent said.
Because I could have sworn your client made his desires perfectly clear.
"...If them guys don't want me in there, it's time for me to make a career change for myself," Young told the TV station.
I'm guessing that the Titans aren't dying to throw Young back into the fire. Young basically had a nervous breakdown last year, while Kerry Collins took the team to a division title.
I wonder what the conversation between agent and client was like when Adams heard Young's comments.
Major: My man, what the hell were you thinking?
Vince: I dunno, man. I'm frustrated. I want to play.
Major: I understand that, Vince, but you're not really in a position to negotiate right now.
Vince: What's "negotiate" mean?
Major: Don't worry, Vince. I got this. Just don't say anything else, PLEASE!
Regardless of Young's playing situation, he's pulling down a fat paycheck. It's probably much more money than he deserves, considering that he came off like a headcase last year and has thrown 32 interceptions and just 22 touchdowns in his career.
As I wrote yesterday, if Young is smart, he'll battle Collins for the starting role and keep quiet. Collins' playing window is limited, and the running game will make an average QB like Young look downright serviceable.
"We're just going to have to let this season play out and see what happens from there," Adams said.
Keep spinning, Major.
And while you're at it, keep your client's mouth shut.