Yesterday August posted a chat that Vince Young had with Paul Kuharsky. Vince seemed to have finally gotten how to deal with the media. In the words of Lee Corso, "Not so fast my friend."
This morning we see a story on NBCsports.com where Vince completely went backwards in his handling the media phase of "getting it." Let's take a look at a few of the statements made by Vince:
“They’re writing my story. I’m a great guy, a great humble guy."
What does that even mean. I am humble, but I am great.
Asked about concern over his mental welfare, Young said Wednesday, “I don’t want to talk about that,” then added, “That’s something else the media made people think like that. I know who I am, everyone knows who I am as a person. They know good and well, I ain’t trying to commit suicide or all that kind of crap. It was just a story everybody wanted to write. It was hot and everybody need to make their money, feed their viewers. I always get the bad end but I just brush that off and use that as motivation for myself.”
Vince has got to stop blaming the media for everything. That story wasn't made up by the media. His people and Jeff Fisher are the ones who conveyed that to the media. Fisher has been around long enough to know the storm that was going to come with using those words, and there is absolutely no way he would just throw them around for no reason.
Young, the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year and a Pro Bowler in 2006, was asked about reports that he hadn’t sought out Collins’ counsel.
“That’s why I don’t like messing with the media,” Young bristled. “They’re always flipping and always trying to make me look bad. [Collins] and me, we talk all the time. All the time. For anything. Not just football but off the field things, business-wise, accounts. All kinds of stuff.”
Again, not made up by the media. Collins himself said that Vince had not saught his council.
The first step in getting it is taking accountability for your actions. Steve McNair, who Vince calls Pops, is a great example of a guy that took all kinds of heat threw the media but never blamed the media for anything. McNair went out and made plays, and in games where he didn't play well he stood at the podium and took the heat. If Vince truly wants to be the leader of this franchise, he is going to have to learn to do that.