Thursday, October 29, 2009

Welcome Back, Vince Young

Titans head coach Jeff Fisher has finally done what fans, the media, ownership, and LenDale White have been calling for since an 0-3 start; he's benched veteran QB Kerry Collins in favor of Vince Young.

If it doesn't seem like it was too long ago that Vince Young was the toast of the NFL; winning the Rookie of the Year award, getting his face on video game covers, and bringing the Titans back to the playoffs, it's likely because it wasn't that long ago. It was only the 2007 AFC Playoffs where Young's collapse as a starting QB began.

Without getting into the history of Vince Young's mental decline, let me say that I think this is the right move for the franchise. In an 0-6 season that last featured a decimation by the New England Patriots, there's no logic to keeping Collins in. So far this season Collins has a QB rating of 62, and he's thrown three more interceptions than he has touchdowns. Some people have said Collins isn't the problem, but he's obviously not the solution; so move on.

In his career, Vince Young has an 18-11 record as a starter. Note that all of those games were in his rookie and sophomore seasons. For someone his age, that's actually really impressive. I'll be the first to admit that that record is probably thanks a lot more to the Titans defense than it is to Young's arm, but Young brings a certain swagger to the QB position that opposing defenses have to prepare for that Collins doesn't.

Fisher has stated that if Young doesn't work out he won't hesitate to put Kerry Collins back in. The team has also signed former USC QB, and odd-man-out in Minnesota John David Booty. To sum it up, the Titans probably have a QB situation that would make only the Oakland Raiders envious... and not by much.

Luckily for Young, his first start will come against a Jacksonville Jaguars team that lost 41-0 to a very, very average Seattle Seahawks team a few weeks ago. It's actually pretty ironic because the last game Young started was week 1 of the 2008 season, the game that lead to Young's mental breakdown.

Young needs to perform well in this game if he wants to prevent the Titans from moving forward without him. No matter what the team is likely to bring in a QB in the offseason, the degree of how threatening that QB will be to Young's future remains to be seen.

One thing is for sure though, you have to respect Vince Young's desire to get back on the field. The first step in QB being successful in the NFL is mentally believing in oneself. At this point Young has that.

Now he has to prove he has the talent.

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