Over the last three years the most talked about player for the Tennessee Titans would be Vince Young. Though his future with the team is uncertain, he continues to be all over the media.
It started three years ago in the 2006 NFL draft. Young, Matt Leinart, and Jay Cutler were the top three quarterbacks in the draft, and, holding the third overall selection that year, the Tennessee Titans had the pick of the litter.
The Titans took Young, favoring his big frame, toughness, and running ability. Steve McNair was then dropped from the team and Kerry Collins was signed.
The first three games for the Titans that season were horrible. Countless grounded balls toward open receivers thrown by Collins riled up the crowd to start chanting Young's name.
Young got his start on the fourth game of the season. From that game forward, he won the hearts of fans mostly with his ability to scramble for first downs. Though the Titans barely missed the playoffs, Young's season was capped off with a Rookie of the Year award.
In 2007, Young's season was not as pretty, but it was still productive. He maintained a 71.1 quarterback rating even after throwing 17 interceptions and only nine touchdowns. The Titans made it to the playoffs, but Young's poor play against San Diego left the offense without a touchdown all day.
Everything looked promising for Young in 2008. It was his third year in the league, and this was supposed to be the year he took the Titans even further in the playoffs. However, luck had a different plan as he went down after only one touchdown and two interceptions versus the Jaguars.
Kerry Collins then took over the starting position and the media began questioning Young's mental health. Instead of playing football games last year, Young was busy trying to build his personal image back up.
The only other game we really saw Young in was at the end of the year against Indianapolis. Though he didn't look amazing, Young's stats were solid. He had a 70 percent completion percentage, and his most important stat was his zero interceptions.
Unfortunately, now any time we see Young in the media, it is always negative. His recent remarks on a Baltimore station saying he wanted to be traded if he couldn't start created an even worse image for him.
So what is the future for Vince Young? Will he end up in a Canadian or European league or will he eventually be a starter in the NFL?
I personally think he will be the starter for the Titans. I'm not talking about this year, but in the future. Jeff Fisher has still yet to back off the statement about Vince Young being the future of this franchise.
Sure they will have to fork out a little bit of money for him next year, but if the Titans truly believe he can be the face of this franchise then it's more than worth it.
"[The contract] is not an issue right now, currently to us and I don't anticipate it being an issue," Fisher said. "We drafted Vince to be our starter, we got involved in a contractual situation that would pay him as a starter and it's not an issue for us right now. After the season we may revisit it like we do with everybody else, but it's not an issue. We're making a much bigger deal out of nothing right now."
From what has been said, Young seems to be having a great offseason with an even more impressive work ethic. Earlier in the year Young told Fisher he wanted to earn his starting spot back, and asked what he had to do.
"He’s been here just about every day and he’s having a great offseason. That’s really the only thing that’s important to me." Fisher said of Young, "Kerry is our starter, Vince is our backup. And we're going to continue to develop Vince to the point where he can eventually be our quarterback."