Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher says he is fine with Vince Young’s claims on a Baltimore television station that he wants to start in Tennessee or consider the possibility of moving on elsewhere in his career.
Fisher made the comments on WGFX-FM 104.5 The Zone’s SportsZone with George Plaster on Wednesday.
“Our situation is clear, and I don’t have an issue with it, nor does Vince,” Fisher said. “If Vince had had an issue with it, he would have been in my office. He’s been in my office once [in February], and we had a great visit. We visited this morning, and it didn’t come up, and he’s working hard, period.”
Young had made his comments on WMAR-TV in Baltimore, saying, “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.”
Fisher was unfazed by the remarks.
“I didn’t bat an eye at it. I saw Vince today and we didn’t bring it up. He was in the weight room today, working out,” Fisher said. “He had a great workout, and the bottom line is this. He came in right at two months ago now…I discussed our meeting publicly. He wanted to know what he needed to do to earn his job back. He didn’t want it handed to him. He wanted to know what he needed to do.”
Fisher went on to say that Kerry Collins remains entrenched as the Titans starting quarterback, and that Young will not be traded and still has a future in Tennessee, despite a cap hit of $14 million in 2010.
“We mapped it out, we talked about it, and he’s working. He’s been there about every day. I would expect everybody on our football team to want to start,” Fisher said. “He may have been led on a little bit in the interview. He knows there’s not a potential for us to move him. I’m not backing off, what I said that day after Jacksonville. Kerry is our starter.”
Young’s agent Major Adams told The City Paper on Tuesday that Young considers himself still competing for the starting role.
“Vince’s desire has always been to compete for the starting quarterback job in Tennessee,” Adams said. “Even before they drafted him, they asked him if he thought he could compete for the starting role, and he said yes. He has always been a starter and that is his mindset.
“He has not asked to be traded, and in fact, is going to an event at Bud Adams’ ranch this weekend. Plus, he was in there working out [Monday]. If he didn’t have a desire to stay there, he wouldn’t be doing any of that.”
As for what Young must do, Fisher said that begins with dedication, which he says, is being shown on Young’s part thus far.
“Vince needs to do everything he possibly can do to get to a point where he can start and win game after game after game in the national football league. That takes time. He fell into a situation last year where he got behind Kerry and Kerry won ballgames,” Fisher said. “Vince, in his mind, and I think rightfully so, is trying to improve and in that process, he perceives that to be competition. If Vince comes out and is clearly better than Kerry, then Vince plays.
“But we obviously agreed to terms with Kerry to come back and be our starter because of the success he had last year. I have never been associated with a quarterback controversy. I’m not going to be. Kerry is our starter, and we’re going to continue to develop Vince to a point where he can eventually be our quarterback.”
As for the cap hit, Adams revealed on Tuesday that no talks of renegotiation have yet taken place to potentially lower the cap figure. Fisher said there is plenty of time.
“It’s not an issue, not an issue right now, and I don’t anticipate it being an issue,” Fisher said. “We drafted Vince and we got into a contractual situation that would pay him as a starter, and it’s not an issue right now,” Fisher said. “After the season, we ay revisit it, but right now it’s not an issue. We’re making a much bigger issue out of nothing right now.”