Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop dropped a long form article featuring exclusive interviews with Vince Young today. I would highly suggest you check it out here.
Bishop wanted to find out why VY was deciding to make another run at professional football via the CFL now. Vince claims that he wants to end his career on “his own terms” and felt like he was forced out of the league by others.
Among the more interesting quotes in the article involved Young taking a potshot at another former Titans quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick:
“I’d see a quarterback and be like, Dude is garbage, and I’m over here in the kitchen cooking turkey necks!?” He’s reminded that the Cardinals recently signed Blaine Gabbert, a first-round failure who never achieved Young’s success, and he pounces: “Exactly. I hate to name-drop, but [Ryan] Fitzpatrick is still playing!? He leads the league in interceptions, and he’s still f------ getting paid? I mean, what the f--- is going on?”
The article also includes interesting quotes from former Titans tight end Bo Scaife and former Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow. We all know the Fisher-Young relationship was toxic, but some of the quotes from this article are a reminder of just how crazy the whole situation was.
There is a story in the piece about the time that Young got left behind by the Titans charter flight because he was late arriving for the flight. Young makes it sound like he was two minutes late for the flight and that Fisher had regularly held flights for other players before in the article. However, during today’s Midday180 radio show, they talked to a former Delta employee who worked the Titans charters and he claimed that VY was over 2 hours late for that flight and that Delta had to adjust their employees hours to account for the fact that he was almost always late to the flight. Not only that, but he continued to be late even after getting left.
The more stories about the VY era in Tennessee are reported, the more amazing that 13-3 season in 2008 looks. The fact that the 2008 team was able to win that many games with all this madness going on around it is a testament to some of the other leaders on that team like Keith Bulluck and Kevin Mawae.
I really feel for Vince Young. At the end of the day, I don’t think he’s a bad, or malicious guy, but it’s clear that he still doesn’t take full responsibility for what happened here. Jeff Fisher certainly could have handled things better and Bud Adams never should have forced an unwanted quarterback on his coaches, but at the end of the day Vince Young’s arrogance is what cost him his shot to be an NFL star.