Vince Young was on top of the world after college, but then Vince Young’s NFL career started. Although Vince Young showed flashes of his old college brilliance, the Titans only won big when Young wasn’t starting. Now, with Vince Young a backup to Kerry Collins, after Collins led the Titans to the best record in the AFC last year, Young’s once solid future is uncertain. But it appears Vince Young is certain he wants to start, whether it is for the Tennessee Titans or not.
In an interview with Baltimore radio station WMAR, Young stated that he would “like to get back out there playing ball.” Young was the Titans started until he struggled, got injured, and underwent rumors of a breakdown during the season. Veteran Kerry Collins stepped in during the meantime and took the Titans to a division title.
Despite all of that, Young stated that if “them guys” don’t want him to start, then he would have to make “a career change for myself.” As such, the buzz is that Vince Young would want to be on the free agent market if the Titans don’t want him to start.
Young is still the presumed future of the Titans, but he used to be the present, having been the undisputed starter for his first two years. Collins is their future for the short term, but Young would still have to be the man for the long term. However, Young may not be willing to wait that long.
This seemed unlikely a few years back, when Young almost singlehandedly took Texas to a national title over USC in the Rose Bowl, and was the Titans’ top pick. Young seemed to pay dividends right away, as he nearly took the Titans to the playoffs in his rookie year, and got them there in year 2.
But like many quarterbacks who specialize more in rushing than passing, Young’s all around game was still in question, and he was injury prone. An injury on opening day 2008 gave Kerry Collins the shot to start for the Titans, and they just kept winning behind him, leaving Young on the sidelines.
Vince Young’s NFL struggles are just like many others who played in that legendary Rose Bowl between Texas and USC. Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart got off to fast starts in the NFL too, but they both came back down to Earth quick.
Leinart, like Young, is now a backup behind an aging but winning quarterback as well – in his case Kurt Warner of the Cardinals.
The Titans and coach Jeff Fisher had no comment about Young’s remarks as of yet.
Washington Post- “NFL Feed: Young Wants to Start or Move On” views.washingtonpost.com/theleague/nflnewsfeed/2009/06/young-wants-to-start-or-move-on.html
USA TODAY- “Tuesday eye-opener: What should Titans do about Vince Young?” blogs.usatoday.com/gameon/2009/06/tuesday-eyeopener.html
News Radio 620- “Vince Young, The Latest Athlete Who Feels He’s Entitled” www.620wtmj.com/sports/billmichaels/46718187.html