Vince Young Done In Tennessee
The Tennessee Titans struggled in the 2010 NFL season, and the main question was really: Would it be Vince Young or Jeff Fisher? Apparently Bud Adams made an initial choice.
Adams announced that former #3 pick of the 2006 NFL Draft would be either traded or released by the Titans. Since the NFL calendar year begins February 7th, that is when the decision will go into effect. Young has had a tumulutous time in Nashville, while having success as a starter, his off the field issues and lack of accountability were his main downfall.
Here's a timeline of Young's career in Nashville with the Tennessee Titans:
- April 2006: Drafted #3 overall in NFL Draft
- Won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2006
- Led Titans to 10-6 record and Wild Card spot in 2007.
- Injured in 2008 opener, and was subsequently benched after backup Kerry Collins lead Titans to 10-0 start.
- After the injury, Young was reportedly gone and Fisher called Nashville police after talking to many of his family members. Met with Fisher & police at the Titans' practice facility.
- After an 0-6 start, Young was promoted to starter on orders from Adams. Led team to 8-2 finish en route to 8-8 record.
- Made it to the 2010 Pro Bowl.
- Started 10 games, but could not finish three due to injury. Tore his right flexor tendon in his thumb. After the game, Young threw his shoulder pads into the crowd as he left the field, had an altercation with Fisher in the locker room, and stormed out.
- Did not attend the team's final meeting, and when Fisher was asked about Young’s absence, he responded by saying: "ask the quarterback."
Young went 30-17 as a starter, and he went on to thank the Tennessee Titans fans, and the city of Nashville for the support. He also thanked Adams and Fisher as well, but also stated he was bitter and that Jeff Fisher did not really trust him. He is due a $4.25M roster bonus in March and a $8.5M salary in 2011. If he can prove his work ethic has improved and that he learned from his experiences in Tennessee, he will be very successful. However, it starts with Young and ends with Young. There are plenty of teams that need a quarterback, but are they willing to take the risk on him?
Fisher's status is still in limbo, Adams is still evaluating on whether to bring back the coach for a 17th season in the NFL. He has been informed by Adams on the status.