This has been a hot topic since the beginning of the year; Young earned the starting QB job by finishing strong last season, but has he failed to prove to teammates and fans that he is ready for this responsibility?
We all knew coming into this year that Chris Johnson would be the workhorse for the Titans, no one expected otherwise, but we did expect to see more trust put in Youngs hands. Some of the issues that have us questioning the level of trust placed on Young along with his dedication and maturity is the fact that Young missed/arrived late for 2 meetings leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers game, a game in which he was benched for his poor performance, perhaps due to his lack of preparation. Young did however handle the situation with dignity, all his comments about the situation where very professional. It also seems like the Titans coaches are still not ready to have Young lead the team seeing as Chris Johnson through 3 games is leading the NFL in rushing attempts with 75 while Vince Young is last in the NFL in passing attempts with 43.
Fisher stated in regards to questions about their game plan last week “It has nothing to do with confidence in our quarterback. It had to do with the game plan and trying to get their running game going” during the game in question the Titans only threw the ball 16 times. Young finished the game 10-16 for 118 yards and 1 TD. We know that the receivers cannot be happy if they are not given the opportunity to make big plays and there is the perception that the offensive “leader” is only 1 more poor game away from being replaced, and if this mindset is in the Titans locker room it will only lead to more issues.
Regardless the Titans are 2-1 with a defense that seems to have improved tremendously from last year as they are only allowing opponents to score touchdowns on 16.7% of trips into the red zone- a stat in which they rank 1st in the NFL.
This week’s match up against the Denver Broncos will test their secondary, as they will have to face one of the most accurate QB’s in Kyle Orton. Orton put up great numbers last week as he passed for 476 yards ranking him currently 2nd in the NFL in passing yards.
The time couldn’t be better for Young to flourish with the Titans, he has had 5 years to learn the system, and he has a great running game to take some of the pressure off of him.
It is impossible for anyone to see what the future holds for Vince Young but if he can continue to hold his head high and do the best with every opportunity he is given what more can we can ask for as fans..