It was widely believed in NFL circles that Vince Young and Jeff Fisher couldn’t co-exist on the Tennessee Titans, and it was vindicated when team owner Bud Adams announced his quarterback won’t be back next season.
The saga between coach and player peaked following an overtime loss to the Redskins in November, but outside of Bo Scaife suggesting the locker room was divided over Young, we didn’t hear much from other members of the Titans.
Behind the scenes, Chris Johnson tells NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk the team had difficulty blocking out the distraction caused by the friction between Young and Fisher.
“From our standpoint, we tried to block it out and play football,” Johnson said. “But when you have something like that, it’s the sort of thing you really can’t block out for too long. When it finally hit the fan, it was the sort of thing where Vince went on IR, and he wasn’t in the locker room, and it was just Fisher there. But things were still going on.
“I feel like there were a lot of things that went on this year that hurt our season. I don’t think both of those guys will be able to be on the same team next year. I don’t think (they) could be on the same team and we would have a successful season.”