Is Vince Young's Resurgence Enough To Keep Him in Tennessee?

Dave StanleyCorrespondent INovember 27, 2009

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans warms up prior to a game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on November 23, 2009 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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If anything, this is a good problem for the Tennessee Titans to have.  

A few months ago, the burning question in Nashville was who the Titans would draft in the wake of what was sure to be a disastrous season.  

The incumbent, Kerry Collins, was deemed washed up.  He was essentially a graybeard that had used up all of his luck and opportunities.  

And we all know the story of his then-backup, the much-maligned and embattled Vince Young.  Most viewed him as a bust.  

The best case scenario for his move to the starting lineup was for him to increase his value in a possible trade.  

Now, however, the tide has turned, as Young's inspired play as of late has Tennessee on a four game winning streak.  Whether or not he's directly or indirectly affected their reversal of fortune is debatable.  

But on thing is true: He's looking more and more like his Texas Longhorn self.  Granted, his numbers will never be confused with Peyton Manning's.  

But his patience, poise and, of course, speed, have given opposing defenses fits and the Titans new life.  

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So while one burning question has been answered, another one has been posed: Is all of it enough for Tennessee to go back to 2006's Plan A, and name him the indefinite starter for the future?

Or is he merely on a lucky streak?  Most signs point to the former scenario, given his healthy new attitude.  Remember, there was another scrambling quarterback for the franchise a few years ago who just so happened to develop into a MVP pocket passer. 

His name?  Steve McNair.  Once his game developed, the "Dare McNair" defenses of the old AFC Central became obsolete.

True, the comparison isn't exactly parallel.  McNair never pouted when booed, nor did his exhibit quasi-suicidal behavior in the aftermath.  But Young's exhibited a maturity that's rarely been seen from him this season.  

Most agree that his time on the bench behind Kerry Collins was good for his maturation, for both his football IQ and himself.  

If the season ended today, the aforementioned question about Young's future would be a tough one.  However, he is arguably in control of his own destiny.  Because the more he wins and the better he plays, the more this becomes a no brainer for the Titans' front office.  

Barring any meltdowns, he should be given the keys to the franchise; this is not the same old Vince.

Perhaps this time next year, we'll be discussing how big of a new contract he should be getting.  

Time will tell.   


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