Oilers legend Warren Moon told John Glennon that he's reached out to Vince Young several times to help him through his NFL career, but hasn't gotten any significant interest from the mercurial Titans QB. Moon is concerned that Young has too many people around him giving him bad direction and advice, and could use a mentor to help him through his NFL career. Problem is, VY seems to have zero interest in building that kind of relationship...
Paul Kuharsky, who has taken his fair share of shots at Vince Young but had softened on him mid-way through this season, offers his view on John Glennon's conversation on Warren Moon. Kuharsky sees this as further proof that the people surrounding and guiding Young are doing him a grave disservice by fueling this paranoid view that everyone is out to get him. Young could use an experienced mentor more than just about any 'starting' NFL player avoidance, but he's shown no interest in being helped by Moon, and has long been thought to have been tuning Steve McNair out shortly before his untimely death. Paul K does have a decent point here in that there's a big difference between being 'insulated' from the outside world and being 'cut-off'.
Talks over the future of Jeff Fisher's tenure with the Titans continue among Adams, Underwood and Reinfeldt. Jim Wyatt tweeted yesterday that he expects a decision to come down this week, and theirs a growing feeling that Adams may indeed keep Fisher in the end. I'd love to offer my opinion on this, but I'd hate to piss anyone off.
The media and front office executives aren't the only ones who are lobbying Bud Adams to keep Fisher for at least one more year; former Oilers coaches Bum Phillips and Jerry Glanville believe Fisher is still the man for the job. Glanville says that Fisher and Young should carve out a working relationship like he did with Andre Rison in Atlanta, but Phillips (whom Bud Adams still regret firing back in 1980), had some very pointed words:
"After 16 years of coaching, to think Jeff Fisher all of a sudden can't handle people? The player has to get along with the coach. The coach doesn't have to get along with the players. He just has to coach them and do what he thinks is right,'' said the 87-year-old Phillips, who coached under Adams from 1975-80 and was fired by him after three consecutive playoff trips.
"A quarterback needs to be able to lead the team. Not only to play good, but to get other people to play good. And obviously after five years Jeff doesn't believe (Young) can do that. I would go with the coach. … There's no way Bud will find a better coach than Jeff Fisher.''
Jeff Fisher basically delivered Marc Mariani to the Titans' scouting staff, and now the Pro Bowl returner is waiting with bated breath to see if the man who gave him his NFL break will keep his job.
The Titans signed S Myron Rolle, RB Herb Donaldson, G Ryan Durand, DE Pannel Egboh, TE Riar Geer, G Jeff Hansen and CB Chris Hawkins to futures contracts, meaning the players can workout at the Titans facilities and the Titans will retain their rights through next year. It's basically the off-season practice squad.
How bad was Gary Brakcett's hit on Titans long snapper Ken Amato last Sunday? It cracked Amato's helmet, and the Colts are nervously waiting to see if the linebacker will be suspended of Sunday's wildcard game.
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