It has long been thought that Titans coach Jeff Fisher and QB Vince Young couldn’t co-exist in Tennessee, and there would be a day far out on the offseason horizon the Titans would have to deal with great divide between coach and quarterback.
That day became Wednesday. For now, the man left standing in Nashville appears to be Fisher.
It became quite clear in recent weeks, even after owner Bud Adams implored everyone the two could work together, that Fisher wasn’t staying if Young did.
NFL Network’s Albert Breer chronicled much of Young’s recent history in a piece yesterday (call that prophetic, or just plugged-in?), and when viewed in totality, it presents a clear picture.
Go back and read what NFL Network analyst Trent Green had to say in June about Youngs’ leadership. Or what Solomon Wilcots saw in September. Fast forward seven months, and the conversation is the same. Green says the Titans didn’t have a choice.
“This is a move you have to make,” Green told NFL Network Wednesday. “Whether you’re talking about an organizational standpoint or from the other guys in the locker room, the two things you want from your starting quarterback are stability and consistency.
“In the five years Young has been in Tennessee, you haven’t had either of those. He’s had up and down performances on the field, and a lot of instability off of it.”
Young’s reputation of lacking leadership, maturity and work ethic often played out in a public forum, and what we saw was likely only the tip of the iceberg that existed behind the scenes. It finally caught up with him.
As Jason La Canfora reported, the Titans’ senior management advised Adams, who had remained staunchly loyal to Young, to move on. That advice finally took hold, but it seemed a long time coming.
In fact, Deion Sanders called this one back in November. Truth.