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How Much Trust Does Jeff Fisher Have in Vince Young?

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When the Titans played Carolina there was a possession where they were backed up inside their own 5 yard line. The Panthers had 14 men in the box (not really because that would be a penalty). The coaches called 3 straight running plays up the middle with LenDale White and punted. That got me wondering to myself and on this blog if the coaches trust Vince Young.

Fast forward to last week's game against the Jaguars. The Titans complete a pass to the Jaguars' 19 yard line with 18 seconds left on the clock. The Titans had 2 timeouts. Instead of calling a timeout right there and taking a shot at the end zone, Jeff Fisher elected to let the clock run down to 2 seconds and kick a field goal. That got me saying aloud to all of section 335 that the coaches just don't trust Vince. After the game Fisher said he wanted to make sure they got points out of that, but if you trust your quarterback you let him take one shot at getting a touchdown. If it is an incomplete pass you kick the field goal. If it ends up as a play that doesn't make it to the end zone you just call the timeout.

Vince was asking the same thing after the game. Jim Wyatt says in his article this morning that Vince wondered aloud "if the guys don't trust me." Of course Jeff Fisher is saying all the right things:

"I think everybody is a little frustrated at this point after a loss. I characterize that as just frustration after a loss,'' Fisher said. "We threw the ball 41 times, and that should imply that we trust what he is doing.''
I hear what he is saying, but I don't think he trusts Vince at all. The 2 examples above are a pretty good proof of that. This could be a really big problems for the Titans going forward. Vince Young won a lot of games for this team last season. The only way for him to be able to make those plays again is for the coaching staff to put the trust in him that he can make those plays.

The Titans need to work the no huddle offense into their game plan. They don't need to wait until they are down by a lot to start running it. Vince plays better and looks a lot more comfortable running the hurry up. I know that isn't Jeff Fisher football, and I am not suggesting that they should run the no huddle the entire game. What I am saying is that Fisher and Norm Chow need to compromise with the style of quarterback that Vince is. It is not very smart to take a quarterback at #3 overall and try to fit him something he isn't. Let him do what he does.

Whether you like it or not, Vince Young is the future of this franchise. The Titans cannot afford to have a riff between the franchise quarterback and the coaching staff. There is obviously at least a little riff there if Vince is asking the question. Fisher, Chow, and Vince need to sit down now and hammer this thing out before it grows into a bigger problem.