Vince Young is out as the starting quarterback for the Titans, and his long-term future in Tennessee appears to be in jeopardy as well.
The details of the fallout between Young and Titans Jeff Fisher reached the surface soon after Sunday’s loss to the Redskins, and NFL Network’s Deion Sanders believes that the two can’t coexist in Tennessee. And the coach will likely win this battle of wills.
“(My sources) told me that Vince is really upset because every time he messes up, they place Kerry Collins in the game,” Sanders said. “But when Collins messes up or someone else, nothing happens, and (Young) has just gotten fed up with it. He wanted to go back into the game. He and Fisher got into a shouting match where a policeman had to break them up. This all took place in front of the GM.
“This is what the Titans plan on doing with him: putting him on injured reserve or cutting him, as soon as [Monday].”
Fellow analyst Michael Irvin agrees that Young should be the Titans’ starter, but his actions didn’t reflect the true leadership required by an NFL quarterback.
“Young deserves to be the starting quarterback for that team, make no mistake about it,” Irvin said. “The way he’s played and his win-loss record says that. But there are some things Young is doing that can not happen from the quarterback position.”
Could the Titans cut ties completely with Young, who has one year left on his contract?
There’s a lot of spin in this story, and it has a complex history. It leaves one to wonder if the reported damaged relationship between Young and Fisher — and the locker room — is irreversible. It seems this will come down to the stance Titans owner Bud Adams decides to take, either backing Fisher or continuing his unwavering support of Young.