Fisher says Young is still in Titans’ future

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 1:17am

Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher said at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday that the club has not given up on Vince Young, despite his disastrous 2008 season in which he lost his starting quarterback job.

Fisher reiterated at the meetings in Dana Point, Calif., much of what he has said about the quarterback position since the start of the off-season — that Kerry Collins was re-signed to be the Titans’ starter, but that Young still potentially has a future in Tennessee.

“He came in a month ago and said what do I have to do to earn my job back. Am I going to get a chance to? I said, ‘of course you will’,” Fisher said. “We’ll do everything we can to make you the best player we can.

“I believe he has benefited from the experience last year. We won’t know until he gets under center this fall, but I believe he’s benefited from it. I know he’s dedicated and wants to get better, wants to learn from his mistake and the things he saw Kerry do.”

Young’s knee injury and subsequent disappearance and bizarre behavior all contributed to the decision to stick with Collins as the team’s starter. A 13-3 record that was best in the NFL easily helped sway that decision as well.

“We re-signed Kerry clearly as our starter. As he indicated he really didn’t want to go back unless he had a chance to start. So we were happy to get him under contract,” Fisher said. “Vince is in a situation now where he will have to do everything he possibly can to earn his job back. That starts with the off-season commitment.”

Young, who spent much of last season in Austin, Texas, taking college courses, was at the Titans first day of off-season work and has been an active participant thus far.

With Young asking Fisher what he needed to do to regain the starting position, Fisher was quizzed Tuesday as to whether Young could actually get that opportunity with Collins now entrenched in the No. 1 role.

“What’s interesting about our business is you get to play the best players. So we are going to do that at every position,” Fisher said. “Kerry is returning as our starter. If for some reason Vince has a great camp and Kerry hits a wall, I’m talking about a hypothetical, but there is always that possibility. It’s clear Kerry is returning as our starter and Vince is going to continue to do what he did last year and that’s put himself in position to be the quarterback we drafted him to be.”

But an issue could be that Young might be running out of time — at least with the Titans — if he doesn’t re-emerge soon. With Collins signing a two-year, $15 million deal, Young would seemingly be a backup through at least 2010, barring an unforeseen development. Young’s own contract is set to expire in 2011.

The Titans are still planning to bring in a third quarterback — perhaps Patrick Ramsey, a free agent from Denver, who visited recently.

“We’ve always had three quarterbacks in camp, so yes there will be a third quarterback in camp. I would expect a veteran,” Fisher said.

Ramsey was reportedly deciding between offers from the Titans and New England Patriots. Other veteran quarterbacks with starting experience on the market include Byron Leftwich and Rex Grossman.

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By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Keep working hard Vince. You never know when your time to shine with the Titans will come.

By: BigPapa on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I don't think VY has it in him to reclaim the starting job. I only hope that if he can perform on the field he'll get his chance, not because the franchise is too worried about admitting they blew the #3 pick overall.

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

What Fisher means when he talks about the "future" for Vince Young is that one year from the fumbles by Alge Crumpler and Lendale White the Titans will make a decision about Vince Young.

By: cmarcus45 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Cut him or trade him and let him (try to) start over. He is dead weight for the Titans. We are wasting valuable time and experience that could be used to develop our actual quarterback of the future, whomever that may be.

By: house_of_pain on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Oh ye of little faith...

By: KEN4TEN on 12/31/69 at 6:00

It seems that a lot of fans forgot how much of a gamebreaker VY can be with his legs, not to mention him still being a YOUNG QB. His rookie year he shocked us all! Its no surprise to anyone, including the Titans organization VY has trouble reading defenses and his throwing accuracy isn't as good as other top picks in his draft class but he accomplished Rookie of the Year & was elected to the ProBowl regardless. So he had a bad year in '07 and lost his starter role in '08, he can be the starter again but its up to him how bad he wants it. If Collins can start again in this league after his drinking problems, so can Vince after his thinking problems.

By: andrew3x on 12/31/69 at 6:00

i think it,s gonna be a great year