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The Vince Young Situation

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First off, the Titans are 1-0 and the only team in the AFC South that won yesterday.  The beat a team that has been picked by many "experts" to be an elite AFC team.  This defense looks like it has a chance to be the best we have seen in 10 years.

Secondly, the issue with Vince Young at this point is not his play on the field.  He did throw 2 interceptions yesterday.  One was a bad read, and the other was a freak play by a defensive end.  There were at least 3 other throws that have to be caught.

And to the Colts trolls:

Before you come over here and jump in the bashing, you might want to make sure you have your house in order.  Kyle Orton and Matt Forte aren't exactly Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk circa 1999.

The problem with VY is the way he reacts when he makes a mistake.  When the Titans drafted him, most people, myself included, talked about how great of a leader he was.  I said numerous times on this site that he would probably not ever be a guy that would look great on the stat sheet, but that he would win games in much the way Steve McNair did.  He showed that ability his rookie season.

But something happened last year.  His rookie season he was always standing on the sideline rooting on the defense, whether he had just led a touchdown drive or thrown an interception that put the D in a tough spot.  For some reason that wasn't the case last season.  He started pouting, and that is never exceptable from a leader and a team captain.

I don't know exactly what happened yesterday.  Jeff Fisher claims VY's hamstring was the reason he almost didn't take the field with the offense after the 2nd interception, but fom all accounts no one from the training staff talked to him.  All accounts also say the discussion between Fisher and VY didn't appear to be one about an injury.  Quitting on the team because you are upset is unexceptable and embarrasing.  It can also divide a team:

"I am hoping it is not a 16-week thing, but at the end of the day we want to have the No. 1 defense in the league, so if we have to play 90 snaps to get that, that's what we're going to have to do,'' linebacker Keith Bulluck said. "No one is going to quit on this side of the ball."

I don't really like the overall tone of the quote, but the real issue is one captain calling out another.  If the Titans are going to put together a special season, they need the whole team to be on the same page.

Where do they go from here?  For now the decision is easy.  Vince appears to have a knee injury that is going to keep him out for 2-4 weeks so Kerry Collins is the man.  Hopefully Vince will take this time to get himself together mentally.  The Titans are a better team with VY in there if he has the same mentality he did his rookie year.  It will be interesting to see what happens if Collins plays really well.  I don't see Fisher sticking with Collins over a healthy Vince, but, and make sure you read this in context, if Vince isn't in a better place mentally than he is right now I hope they stick with Collins.