Commentary: Young's push to play clearly inbounds

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 10:45am

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young caused a bit of stir with his comments to a Baltimore television station, WMAR-TV earlier this week.

Young basically said he considers himself ready to play, wants to compete for the starting job, and says if Titans management and players don’t have the needed confidence in him, then they should let him play elsewhere.

While some might construe Young’s comments as self-serving and self-centered, I for one think it’s a step in the right direction for the quarterback who put a self-imposed exile on his 2008 season.

Asked about his situation, Young told the station, “I’m still focused, staying focused. I’ve got a lot of people that look up to me. I’ve got a fans that love me and want to see me back out on the football field. Right now, I’m just taking it a day at a time, being very competitive, competing for the job and just let Coach Fish[er] make his own decision.

“Definitely I want to be in there playing ball and picking up where I left off, winning games and having a good time with my teammates and fans. But at the same time if them guys don’t want me in there, it’s time for me to make a career change for myself. The fact is I’m ready to play ball, and if they’re not ready for me to play ball, somebody is.”

Have there been times Young has been deserving of criticism for his attitude and behavior? Yes, absolutely. But this is not one of those times. Instead, it shows that perhaps the competitive fire that was all but extinguished with last year’s meltdown has returned for Young.

Lest we forget, there was a comment a few months back of Young saying he was still drawing a paycheck, a statement that was apparently misconstrued, but drew criticism nonetheless. Young saying he wants to play in Tennessee or elsewhere certainly paints his mindset in a far more positive light.

Perhaps it’s not too late for Young to salvage a once-promising NFL career. And if he needs to go public to let people know the competitor in him has resurfaced then, so be it. It certainly is far from the worst thing Young has done since losing his starting job.

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8 Comments on this post:

By: TitansGirl31 on 6/2/09 at 9:04

McCormick, you've lost your mind. This is merely Young and his agent's, Major Adams, way of FINALLY trying to do some damage control...about 9 months too late. He's just saying that, hoping to "save face" when the Titans finally give him the old heave-ho after this season, hoping it will make it look like he was dissatisfied and that's why they "really" cut him.

And just what did the U of TX teach him while he attended there??? It certainly wasn't grammar or how to know the difference between "career change" (quitting football to go do something completely different) and an "organizational change" (doing the same job somewhere else). The more he opens his mouth, the more I completely believe the accuracy of his Wonderlick test score.

By: TITAN1 on 6/2/09 at 10:15

This time I agree with you, Terry.

By: TitansKickAs on 6/2/09 at 11:41

11,000,000. I'll say it again...11,000,000. There are 11,000,000 reasons the Titans should use Young in a supportive role this year, let him FULLY understand the error of his ways and transfer his presence to another organization at the end of the season. Take the $11,000,000 that kicks in next year on Young's contract and reward hard working, team oriented, local heroes like Keith Bulluck with a "job well done" ending contract. Let's finally say goodbye to our Titan icons in a Titan's uniform , instead of civies, at midfield, during their last game. Maybe Bud can even be there to shake their hand?? When we move Young, we may even get a draft choice that becomes another Titan hero!

By: chadrico on 6/2/09 at 11:48

I don't think it matters what Terry Mc, you or I think. VY better hope he's not ticking Fisher off, that will get him no where but 3rd string behind Ramsey. VY says get back to where he left off, if I recall correctly that was pouting about getting booed and not wanting to go back into the opening game.

By: Yarddog on 6/2/09 at 1:07

Dear Vince,



By: cmarcus45 on 6/2/09 at 3:50

Good riddance, VY. Let the Titans move on, too. I find myself agreeing with McCormick about it being a positive that the fire seems to be back, but the fire is meaningless if VY still has neither the intelligence nor the skill set to be an NFL passing quarterback.

By: wrightct on 6/2/09 at 5:06

Great article, Terry. Ole David Climer at the Tennessean could learn a thing or two from you. Finally I hear a realistic - yet positive - article on Vince Young.

The Titans must think FUTURE on this issue. Look what happened to the Jets when they took a chance on an old Favre last year - they missed the playoffs and alienated Pennington (a solid quarterback) who led the Dolphins to a playoff. I hate to use Favre and Collins names in the same sentence because they don't belong, but we better be careful alienating another solid quarterback in the future. Let's not forget VY's NFL record - a winning one. Collins' must be .500 at best and it's past twilight for him.

By: TITAN1 on 6/2/09 at 7:19

wrightct, ignore the naysayers. They want VY to fail.