Published: October 26th, 2009 | Tags: Alex Smith, Derek Anderson, Jake Delhomme, JaMarcus Russell, Jeff Fisher, John Fox, Kerry Collins, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Shaun Hill, Tennessee Titans, Trent Edwards, Vince Young
It’s been one of those Monday’s for quarterbacks around the NFL.
Alex Smith is in for the 49ers, and Shaun Hill is out. JaMarcus Russell is still in for the Raiders, for now. Ditto for Derek Anderson in Cleveland. Trent Edwards isn’t ready to return from a concussion, so Ryan Fitzpatrick is in for the Bills. In Carolina, John Fox has yet to decide who is in — Jake Delhomme, Matt Moore or A.J. Feeley.
That leads us to Tennessee, where coach Jeff Fisher chose not to reveal whether Kerry Collins or Vince Young will be the starter for the 0-6 Titans coming out of a bye week, for “competitive reasons.”
Fisher did make it clear that he remains confident in Collins, but also said he’s changing his approach.
“We’ve had a week to do some different things,” Fisher explained. “Especially considering the circumstances with the record, there are things that you need to do differently. Let’s just say I am not going to be as specific and open-ended from a competitive standpoint.”
Fisher had spent the first seven weeks of the season backing Collins as his starter. For reasons known only to Fisher, that has ended. One line of thinking among analysts is that Fisher should be taking advantage of Young’s talents with certain offensive packages during games — or at the very least posing that threat to opposing defenses.
Fisher was asked about that possibility on Monday.
“There’s always that potential,” Fisher answered. “Let me just say that, and I’ll stop it there.”