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Someone Help Me On This Vince Young Thing: How Is It His Fault?

Can someone help me out? Can someone please explain to me how or why Vince Young is part of the problem? Because I think I see a pattern here. Vince Young is on the bench in 2006, the Titans stink. He is inserted and the Titans aren't great (because they have real problems in other areas like WR and defense), but  are respectable. Vince Young plays in 2007, including through hamstring and other leg ailments, and the Titans are respectable. Not great, but respectable because - again, there are real holes at RB, WR and defense. Vince Young gets benched in Jacksonville, Kerry Collins leads the Titans to a 10-0 start (thanks to Chris Johnson, Albert Haynesworth wanting a contract, and oh yeah playing a very easy schedule, including catching the Vikings when most of their key players on offense were hurt or suspended, and the Colts when Peyton Manning was struggling with a knee injury), but once the games against the good teams start, the Titans go 3-4 and lose in the first round of the playoffs.

The next year picks up where it left off: the Titans are horrible until Vince Young gets in the game, and then they become respectable (again, holes in the defense and no WRs worth much except flashes from Kenny Britt, who was mostly kept on the bench). This year: same story. With a healthy Vince Young, the team is respectable. Not great, because for the umpteenth year in a row, the defense still has holes (indeed, the same holes year after year) and except for Kenny Britt, who AGAIN was mostly kept on the bench in favor of $15 million dollar man Justin Gage and $25 million dollar man Nate Washington, the WRs were too. Except that unlike 2008 and for most of 2009, the running game was struggling because of an interior OL led by $25 million dollar man Eugene Amano and by Leroy Harris, whom the Titans spent THREE YEARS developing and raving over, isn't getting the job done. And oh yeah, the Titans sorely miss a "big back" to get the tough yards thanks to Fisher's releasing LeGarrette Blount, who right now ONLY has 600 yards and 5 TDs for the playoff bound Tampa Bay Buccanneers, and he is playing for the Bucs because Fisher and company INSISTED THAT JAVON RINGER WAS OBVIOUSLY THE BETTER PLAYER. But when Vince Young gets hurt ... well THIS is the result.

So, in the final analysis: ... when Vince Young plays, the team is competitive. Not great like the Patriots or Steelers, because they don't have Patriots or Steelers personnel. Or coaching. Or front office people. Or ... never mind. 30-17 as a starter folks, with several of those losses not being his fault. But when Vince Young doesn't play ... with the exception of 2008 (which is increasingly looking like a fluke ... people Kerry Collins only had 12 TD passes that year, and 58% completions, and ... well you get the picture) the result is, well ... this.

So, where did the idea that VINCE YOUNG IS THE PROBLEM come from? Why do we believe THAT THE TITANS NEED A NEW QB? Right now, the only thing against Vince Young is that JEFF FISHER DOESN'T LIKE HIM, and since JEFF FISHER DOESN'T LIKE HIM, then THE NASHVILLE MEDIA SYCOPHANTS THAT HAVE BEEN PROTECTING JEFF FISHER FOR OVER A DECADE IN RETURN FOR "LEAKS" AND "EXCLUSIVES" DON'T LIKE HIM EITHER.

The only LEGITIMATE gripe with the guy ... he is injury prone. I will grant you that. He won't win any tough man competitions against Brett Favre or Steve McNair. (No references to Peyton Manning or other guys who never get their uniform dirty because they have great coaching and an outstanding supporting cast, please.) So, if you want to roll the dice on Ryan Mallett or Jake Locker (Andrew Luck will be long gone) because Vince Young is brittle ... wow, wouldn't you rather see what getting better WRs and TEs than Bo Scaife (keep in mind, he is getting paid as the franchise player FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW), Craig Stevens (a 250 lb. blocking TE who can't catch, gee wonder who made that draft decision IN THE THIRD ROUND), Jared Cook (a 240 lb. TE who can't block, catch or run routes, gee wonder who gave up the 2nd rounder for that guy?), Justin Gage ($15 million for a guy that the Bears didn't want, and neither did anyone else), Nate Washington ($25 million for a guy that the Steelers were actually glad to be rid of), Lavelle Hawkins, and so on and so on? And how's about a tailback on the roster that's more than 200 lbs? Wouldn't that be nice? And how about better interior OLs than Harris, Scott and Amano? 

So Young had a screaming match with Jeff Fisher. Since he is the guy who put this team together, and has been scapegoating Young in order to distract people from that fact FOR YEARS (remember the "Kerry Collins gives us the best chance to win/Collins isn't why we are losing games/the receivers are dropping passes and the defense isn't making plays" bit from last year), don't you think that it was about time? Hey, coach, I banged my hand against a Redskins' defender's helmet because this group of WRs that you put together STINKS! No one was open downfield! MAYBE IF WE STILL HAD LEGARRETTE BLOUNT INSTEAD OF LAVELLE HAWKINS - YOU DO REMEMBER RELEASING BLOUNT TO GIVE YOUR GUY FROM CAL ANOTHER SHOT - WE COULD HAVE HANDED OFF ON THAT PLAY! OR MAYBE IF YOU HAD DRAFTED JORDAN SHIPLEY INSTEAD OF YOUR USC GUY DAMIAN WILLIAMS, SOMEONE WOULD HAVE BEEN OPEN DOWNFIELD!

If Vince Young said something like that to Jeff Fisher during that shouting match ... then wow, it was time that someone did. And someone else should have shouted at him "YOU SPEND THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEASON LEAKING NONSENSE TO THE MEDIA ABOUT HOW WE WERE ONLY THROWING THE BALL 15 TIMES A GAME BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW THE OFFENSE, YET YOU LET RUSTY SMITH THROW THE BALL 31 TIMES?" (Oh, by the way ... the Titans "fans" who boo Vince Young every time he sneezes ... did they boo Rusty Smith? Did they boo Kerry Collins yesterday? Of course not ...)

I say that the pick that you guys want to use on Ryan Mallett (who would have NO CHANCE with these WRs and would have REAL PROBLEMS with that interior OL) ... use it on Julio Jones. Or A.J. Green. Or Alshon Jeffrey. Or AT LEAST TRADE DOWN AND GET A TIGHT END WHO CAN RUN ROUTES, GET OPEN DOWNFIELD AND CATCH THE FOOTBALL, BECAUSE THE TITANS HAVEN'T HAD ONE SINCE FRANK WYCHECK AND ERRON KINNEY RETIRED.

And don't give me this nonsense about "he's a running quarterback." So is Michael Vick. The Eagles would be 3-9 with Andy Reid and that whole bunch on the way out the door if it wasn't for Vick coming on and saving their season. Vick's had more 300 yard passing games this season than he had his entire career beforehand. Why? Because he is no longer being coached by Jim Mora Jr. and Greg Knapp (guys who have also been fired since they left Atlanta), and he is no longer throwing the ball to ... well can you name any of those guys? They weren't exactly DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, were they? 

Blaming Vince Young is convenient, because I know, I know, he isn't Peyton Manning or Jay Cutler. (Then again, this IS Jay Cutler's FIRST winning season, and he is on a TEAM that is MUCH BETTER than the disaster roster that is Tennessee, AND he has MUCH BETTER coaches.) But is it an honest, helpful way of looking at things?

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