Sunday, March 8, 2009

It's Not a Question of Wanting, but Earning

It's now publicly known that Vince Young wants his job back as starting QB of the Tennessee Titans. Thanks for telling us, Capt. Obvious. It didn't take a referral to your psychiatrist to figure that one out. But he's not the only one wanting the job: Kerry Collins made it known to the Titans that he wouldn't re-sign with the team unless he was assured of being the starter again next year. He's now signed up with Tennessee again, so I guess we have our answer there. (Of course I'm sure Chris Simms would've loved a fair shake at the job too).

Don't get me wrong, Vince is an amazing talent. He single-handedly took the Titans to brink of the playoffs in his rookie season and into the playoffs in his second. But the guy has a documented attitude problem. He thinks he can do what he wants (first paragraph), he pouts, and he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer (he scored a 16 on the Wonderlic test). The guy has succeeded at all levels of football and thinks the NFL and the Titans (even the University of Texas) owe him something for it.

From what I've seen, there's no way Young should be starting with his current attitude. At least not yet. He may turn out to be a championship-winning QB for the Titans (or someone else), and kudos to him if he does. But winning the Super Bowl takes a team effort from a team that has complete faith in each other, especially in their team leaders, like the QB. Vince won't be that guy on that team until he stops acting like a child. I think another couple years or two behind an ultimately successful QB with his own list of past problems (Kerry Collins) can only do him good.

Hopefully Young will come out of his time on the bench as a more humble athlete ready to do whatever it takes (not whatever he wants) to win.


  1. Maybe this is the wrong way to look at it, but you have to give Vince the chance to come back and redeem himself because of his obscene talent. We haven't seen anything like him before (Mike Vick with a better arm?) and yes, that does buy him a Get Out Of Jail Card once in awhile. If I'm the Titans, I give him another shot because I may have a revolutionary player on my hands and it would be a crime (rather than justice) to waste him.

  2. This is exactly why most college players should stay in school all 4 years, especially quarterbacks. That last year serves them all the better, both leading into their careers and for having a little more fun in college. On the other hand, I never thought Vince would be a good pro quarterback anyways, due to the offense he ran at Texas. No dual-threat quarterback from a spread offense is going to be a successful quarterback in the NFL. Just ask VY, Michael Vick, Eric Crouch, Alex Smith, and Troy Smith. Don't be surprised when Pat White and Tim Tebow have the same thing happen to them.