Vince Young Should Be the Starter Week One. Whether You Like It or Not

Chad Minton@@chad_mintonCorrespondent IJune 11, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - DECEMBER 28:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans rolls out during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium December 28, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

A quarterback controversy is brewing in Nashville after Vince Young recently made comments that he's "ready to play some ball".

"If they're not ready for me, then someone else will be," Young said.

That sounds like a quarterback that wants to be the starter.

The Vince Young project obviously hasn't gone exactly the way the Titans had originally hoped for, when they drafted him in the 2006.

However, as hard as the media and Titans fans have come down on Young, there's still a lot of promise in this guy.

We can't forget the fact that he's 18-11 as a starter, and every year he's played he has gradually improved. There's also no denying the fact that he had almost no one to throw to the last time he played.

Hopefully, this year will be different with the additions of Nate Washington and first-round pick Kenny Britt.

Now granted Kerry Collins did do a descent job last season, but all he did was manage games. Collins never really made the big play and instead just avoided the big mistake. That's all well and good, but Collins may only have two years at the most before he retires.

Where does that leave the Titans if Vince Young becomes a disgruntled back-up quarterback that wants out of Nashville?

We can't afford to lose Vince Young at this point. With the shelf-life of Collins at a bare minimum, the Titans could find themselves without a quarterback as soon as next off-season if they lose Vince Young.

I'm still a believer in Young. I see a guy who is showing his determination to get back on the field and prove he can be as successful as he was in college. He hasn't missed a day of offseason workouts which are completely voluntary.

You can't criticize Young for making the comments he did. The guy wants a second chance, and I think he deserves one as long as he has a good training camp.

The next time we see Vince Young we will see a more mature quarterback, who has polished up his pocket passing capabilities along with the threat of using his legs to pick up yards.

If Young does get off to another slow start that leads to a few losses, then obviously Collins will have to be inserted back in as the starter.

At this point in his career, I don't think Collins will have a problem being the back-up quarterback who mentors Young. He definitely didn't have a problem with it in Young's rookie season.

Whether fans like it or not, the future of the Titans lies in Vince Young's hands—not Kerry Collins's hands—and they have to give him another chance at being the franchise quarterback that all Titans fans hoped he would be on draft day.


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