A lot has been written about much-maligned Tennessee Titan signal-caller Vince Young.
Many have questioned his ability to lead the team based on the well-documented events of 2008. Some, such as owner Bud Adams, have relentlessly stayed in Vince’s corner by suggesting that his days in Nashville are anything but numbered.
Recently, VY’s excellent participation in offseason workouts prompted head coach Jeff Fisher to issue the following statement:
“He’s doing everything he can to compete and earn his job back,” Fisher said. ”As I’ve said time and time again, Vince will be eventually be our starting quarterback.”
Is Vince on the path of reclaiming his starting QB position somewhere down the road?
Allow me to begin by saying that Kerry Collins is unquestionably the guy who should be leading this football team in 2009. His veteran presence in the huddle played a key role in the Titans’ stellar 13-3 2008 season.
He’s earned the trust of his teammates and the coaching staff and with the squad knocking on the door of a Super Bowl appearance, Kerry is the one who should be steering the Titans ship in the direction of what will hopefully become a voyage to Miami next February.
However, due to Kerry’s age (36), he is anything but a long-term solution at quarterback. Despite the feeling that he’s been around forever, Vince Young hasn’t even turned 25 yet. Thus, he remains at an age where he can still be considered the team’s future starting signal-caller.
Of course, what’s printed on his birth certificate isn’t going to be the only factor in Vince’s attempt to regain his starting spot. His dedication and willingness to conform to what Jeff Fisher demands from him will go a long way towards Vince recapturing the past glory of his first year or two in the league.
Judging by Fisher’s aforementioned words, Vince appears to be headed in the right direction.
I also believe that the team’s decision to bypass drafting a young-er (pun intended) QB last weekend is another indicator of the organization’s confidence in VY stepping up. Of course, Patrick Ramsey is still in the picture, but his days of being considered as a franchise’s future starter ended long ago in Washington.
So what do you think, Titan fans? Is Vince Young still the Tennessee Titans’ quarterback of the future?