This is going to be the first pro-Vince Young piece I have written since the meltdown he suffered during and after the season opener. Let me preface this by saying I am not sure what the answer is. That is why there is a question mark in the title. We have to be careful not to overract to yesterday's loss because this team is 12-2 with Kerry Collins as the starter.
So let's look at the numbers:
Collins since the 2nd Jaguars game: 61 of 113 (54%) for 706 yards with 3 touchdowns, 3 interceptions and 2 fumbles
Vince Young in weeks 12-15 last season: 69 of 109 (63%) for 806 yards with 4 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and 2 fumbles
Obviously there are a lot of difference between teammates, opponents, offensive coordinators, etc., but Collins hasn't gotten it done in the last month. The talk of him being considered for MVP is laughable. Yesterday he missed open receivers all day long, and was not able to throw the Texans out of stacking the box to stop the run.
The Titans don't ask much of their quarterback, but they do need for him to be able to complete some passes when the other team is in man. I understand that this group of receivers is sub-par, especially considering the worst receiver in the NFL, Justin McCareins is a part of the group, but they were open a lot yesterday. Collins just couldn't get the ball to them.
The other issue here is paying a man a billion dollars, who could be your 2nd biggest playmaker, to sit on the bench. I am all for letting the best player play regardless of the money he is making but is the best player playing?
I do want to add that I do not think the Titans would be 12-2 right now without Collins, but I think he might have jumped the shark.
I don't know the answer to this question, but I think it is worth talking about. Hopefully the dicussion will be civil.