Vince Young: Is This His Make-or-Break Year with the Tennessee Titans in 2009?

Old AccountSenior Writer IJune 11, 2009

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

In the year 2006, Texas quarterback Vince Young was on the top of the world.

He led the Texas Longhorns over the USC Trojans in the BCS National Championship games, one of the greatest games in recent memory.

Little over three months later he was taken third overall in the NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans.

Many thought he would pan out as a quarterback. Some compared him to a Michael Vick for his good mobility, however, having greater strength.

Others said he would never turn out, that he can not be a pocket quarterback, but will try to accomplish his style he did in college.

As we enter the 2009 season, Young has not exceeded the organization's expectations as it was hoped.

In his first season, early success was sure found.

He led the Titans to eight wins as a starting quarterback and made the Pro-Bowl roster as a rookie.

In 2007, Young did manage to be near his same level, as this time he pushed the Titans into the playoffs.

Yet, in the year 2008, the downfall of Vince Young in Tennessee began.

On Sept. 9, 2008, Young is found missing from his home, without his cell phone.

In panic, the Titans organization had an ongoing search for him, where later they did find Young.

His therapist did say suicide was mentioned by Young, who faced frustration from the fans after his performance against the Jaguars beforehand.

This was the last we heard of Young for a while, as less then a week after the incident, Jeff Fisher named Kerry Collins the starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

The move deemed successful, was the Titans finished with the best record in football, and returned to the playoffs as the number one seed.

Heading into the 2009 season, Collins is still the starter according to Fisher.

Just last week, a report was of Young wanted to be traded and removed from the Titans.

However, he cleared the report as blown out of proportion, and wants to be a Titan, and gain the starting job back?

Question is, however, will he be able to?

The facts that have been given so far shows that Young got over his stage of immaturity, and last season was a wake up call.

Coach Fisher says he needs to earn it back, but can he earn it over a quarterback who led them as far as Collins did last season?

Can he convince the team that he is ready to be the franchise quarterback as he once was promised to be?

It is going to take a great training camp for Young to obtain the job in full grasp.

Frankly, the chance is starting to dwindle away.

The coaching staff has faith in Collins to lead the team again, where as Vince Young comes into the picture, people believe he is starting to lose hope.

Is there hope for Young with the Titans?

If Vince does not get his shot this year, it could be the best to part ways with him, if they feel he is not the answer.

There wouldn't be a point of holding onto him if your no longer making him the face of your franchise, especially with the negativity of the media that would surround the issue.

Vince Young at some point in his career will find a job somewhere to be a starting quarterback.

If Brett Favre can at the age he is, why can't Young?

A new start may be coming for Young, and it may be sooner rather then later.

Matt Miselis is a writer for Bleacherreport.com


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