Will Jeff Fisher’s Message Get Through to Vince Young?

Can Young overcome this most recent road bump?

In the Tennessee Titans’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Vince Young got pulled for Kerry Collins after throwing two very costly interceptions and losing a fumble

Kerry Collins came in, went 17-25 for 149 yards with a touchdown and an interception and brought the Titans within one possession of the Steelers, but Fisher announced after the game that Young would be the starter.

The reason for the move was apparently just to show Young that he has to be more careful with the football — a lesson that hasn’t seemed to get through to him over the course of his NFL career, as evidenced by Young’s 34 career touchdowns and 41 interceptions, including this Sunday.

But will it sink through to Young, or will it cause another regression? The answer is really going to depend on how much Young has truly matured as a quarterback and as an individual.

Early in his career, Young was a headcase. There’s no other way to say it. The slightest bit of adversity caused him to hit the fetal position and his team was left hanging. But as of late, starting with the tail end of the 2009 season, Young has been responsive to any trouble he’s faced on and off the field.

As sad as it is, the turning point seemed to be the murder of his friend and mentor Steve McNair.

It looked like a wake-up call for Young. He seemed to not only recommit himself to football, but to his life off the field as well. He stepped up big time and is acting like a father to McNair’s children, and has taken on the role of being a leader for the Titans.

Young will be able to mess up a few times and McNair’s children will forgive him. But unfortunately, the NFL is not so forgiving. He must make better decisions with the football while under duress. The man has been blessed with great athleticism, but he didn’t use it Sunday against the Steelers.

Rather than trying to bounce from the pocket and make a play on the move, Young seemed satisfied to stay in the pocket and try to strong-arm his passes. He had no room to step into a throw, so there was almost no shot of him being able to complete a pass like that.

The fact that Collins came in and had two turnovers of his own had to help Fisher’s decision to reinstate Young as the starter, but if VY isn’t more careful he might not be so lucky next time.

Topics: AFC, AFC South, Football, Jeff Fisher, Kerry Collins, NFL, Opinion, Tennessee Titans, Vince Young

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  • http://temple3.wordpress.com Temple3

    That’s the most absurd claptrap I’ve read on the Titans in ages. Collins is no paragon of possessing the ball. Over his up and down career, he’s thrown 187 interceptions (against 192 touchdowns). Last year, he managed 6 touchdowns and 8 picks en route to a brutal half-season of ineffectiveness. His futility was embarrassing and predictable. In fact, I wrote in Week 2 last season that the Titans were in big trouble. To suggest that Young needed to be benched is to miss the entire point of quarterbacking and leadership. Fisher’s been on the Title-less Titan Throne for Too Long. It’s time for new leadership.

    • http://www.nflspinzone.com Bob Cunningham

      Never made the argument for Collins to start. I think Young should be the guy. I was just pointing out his carelessness with he ball.

  • MEL

    this article is total bs and tells a half story yes Vince turned the ball over 3 times but then Kerry came in and turned it over on 2 straight possessions one interception and one fumble and on the very next drive he fumbled again but the titans recovered it. i keep seeing this kerry statline that leaves out his 2 fumbles and the fact that he did all of this once the game was outta reach. When it comes down to it Jeff Fisher needs to look in the mirror and see that he was flat out out coached there game plan was better and there team was more prepared

    • http://www.nflspinzone.com Bob Cunningham

      I mentioned Collins’ turnovers and I do believe Young should be the guy. He has been too careless with the ball over his career. I’m not sure benching him was what I would have done, but I understand why Fisher did it.

  • Rene Brown

    I think it’s time for Jeff Fisher to be dismissed…it’s time for some new blood in Tennessee…yesterday many quarterbacks around the league did a bad job (Eli Manning for 1), but they didn’t get benched…it’s stupidity like what Jeff Fisher did yesterday that totally discounts him as a credible coach…Mike Tomlin and his Team knew they were underdogs, but they came out playing with the confidence of Steelers of old! Shame on you Jeff Fisher…I am going to start a petition to send to Bud Adams asking him to look at a head coaching change!

    • http://www.nflspinzone.com Bob Cunningham

      That was my first reaction too, but I see what Fisher is trying to do. Young has never taken care of the ball well enough and I think Fisher was just trying to show him that if he doesn’t start he’s going to ride the pine.

  • http://temple3.wordpress.com Temple3

    Bob:

    I hear you, but Kerry is simply not a viable option. Fisher and company have to remember that QBs aren’t linebackers that you can pop in and out of the game on a whim. The Titans weren’t playing the Raiders. They were playing against a coordinator and a team that lives inside the head of the opposition. The Titans need Vince Young to win big games like that. He’s the last guy to make a real playoff run for this team — not Kerry.

    Finally, raising McNair’s name and referencing his children is, at the very least, unwarranted. Your larger point isn’t enhanced by the allusion…it’s really diminished. It would be like referencing Kerry’s past predilection for booze as an explanation for his propensity to mishandle or turnover the rock. Why go there?

    The issue is that Fisher is apparently done in Tennessee. He’s been there longer than anyone. If Adams wants to win it all, he should seriously consider parting company with Fisher and Collins.

    • http://www.nflspinzone.com Bob Cunningham

      It was a point of sticking up for Young — mentioning McNair I mean. I feel like ever since that tragedy Young has really recommitted himself to being a better person on and off the field, so this benching won’t completely ruin him the way it might have prior.

      Does that make sense?