Jason La Canfora has a full story on NFL.com that details the VY/Fisher/Adams issue more clearly than anyone else right now. Basically the Titans' Senior Executive Vice President, General Manager and Head Coach are all in agreement that Vince Young isn't a franchise QB. They believe this so strongly that they're willing to stand in front of Bud Adams, who has clung to VY like the most ardent of sycophants, and tell him so, even as it endangers their relationship with Bud and their future employment. Say what you will about the reasons for Fisher's ultimatum, but when was the last time an entire front office was united against a team's QB and anything good came of siding with the QB? My hope is that this will be a wake-up call for Bud that, while Fisher needs to go because of the losing streaks, ridiculous stubbornness on key personnel decisions and inability to keep a team united for 16 games year-in and year-out, Vince Young needs to go because everyone above him with extensive NFL experience agrees that he can't handle the duties of being an NFL QB. VY's sense of entitlement, lack of consistent work ethic and continued inability to mature emotionally or mentally will hamstring this organization as long as Bud Adams allows it to. Whatever it is in Jeff Fisher that allows him to bench Jared Cook, cut Blount and stick with guys like Nick Harper circa 2009 will hamstring us for as long as Bud allows it. There's no reason for Bud to allow this to be framed as an either/or situation. I'm not trying to piss people off with this, it's just my reasoned opinion based upon everything we've heard surrounding this team over the past 6 years. Disagreement is always allowed.
Paul K has his own in-depth view on this situation, including a series of points on why this decision won't be made in a rush.
Terry McComrick says that if Fisher is back, Kerry Collins could be the Titans' back-up in 2011. Ugh.
PFF breaksdown what killed the 20 NFL teams who won't participate in this year's playoffs, and when it comes to the Titans they reiterate what we've been saying all year (though I'd till say the revolving door at the QB position and Kenny Britt's injury were equally crippling issues):
TENNESSEE TITANS (6-10)
This is a pretty easy one. Despite being built around Chris Johnson, the Titans were the worst run blockers in the league this year. They were pretty good last year, but a lot of Johnson’s yards came strictly on his own abilities. In 2010, he was on his own from start to finish. Only Michael Roos was respectable, and center Eugene Amano was our worst-graded by a long margin.
Not playing Jared Cook until the season was functionally over was a major mistake in a season that was riddled with them.
Winning last Sunday's game would have bumped the Titans back 6 spots in the 2011 draft, but nothing positive comes out of the Colts winning. Ever.
Marc Mariani is headed back home to Havre, Montana to help raise money for a local children's charities.
Are Titans fans the most financially literate in the NFL? Well that's completely impossible to calculate, but I wanted to pass this along so that I could highlight the corniest statement I've seen in years:
"Titans fans are financial literacy MVPs," said Jason Alderman, Senior Director of Financial Education at Visa. "Their showing on the real-life gridiron of personal finance is truly impressive."
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