Leading up to Titans/Steelers game in Week 2, I shared my thoughts on a more confident Vince Young, who was showing signs of maturity as a result of the trials he faced in 2009.
Calling Sunday’s game from the CBS broadcast booth, it became clear to me very early on that Young’s personal and professional growth would be put to the ultimate test.
Young admitted to me that the Steelers’ complex zone blitz defense had caused him problems during practice earlier in the week, but that he had grown more comfortable as the game got closer. Things unraveled very quickly for Young, who seemed to be slow in both his reads and his reaction to shifts by the defense. First it was Troy Polamalu‘s interception. Next was an interception by Lamar Woodley, which was the result of his disguise at the line of scrimmage that fooled Young.
Young was strip-sacked and fumbled during the third quarter, his third turnover of the game, and was pulled by Jeff Fisher.
Now that he’s been benched again, Young will have to do more than tell us how much he has matured. He will have to show more tangible evidence of his maturity.
Young told me before the performance that he had improved mostly because of his ability to move on and put negative plays behind him. I will say that against the Steelers, Young never showed signs of sulking after he was taken out. Instead, he encouraged others as they came on and off the field.
The performance that led to his benching was a setback for Young, but he appears to be more equipped to climb his next obstacle. Kerry Collins was only effective once the Steelers went into their prevent defense, and Fisher has selected Young as his starter. Now we’ll see if the Titans’ brain trust remains cool about Young’s future with the team.
One thing is certain: Young is getting another at bat to lead the Titans. He’d better hit a home run.
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— Solomon Wilcots