If a change from Kerry Collins to Vince Young at quarterback is coming this week for the Tennessee Titans, then it’s a message the incumbent starter has not received.
Players were due back at Baptist Sports Park on Tuesday to begin preparation for Sunday’s game with the Jacksonville Jaguars at LP Field. Reports and speculation have cited owner Bud Adams as pushing for a switch from Collins to Young as soon as this week as the 0-6 Titans return from a bye week.
"I haven’t gotten any indication from him of a change,” Collins said last week when asked if there had been any inklings of a potential quarterback change from Coach Jeff Fisher.
Practices were closed to the media last week, but with Collins having had no indications of an impending switch, then it can be assumed that he still did work with the first unit.
Young has spent much of his time this season running the scout team offense, but with an off week in the schedule would have had an opportunity to run the Titans’ offense as well in practices.
Fisher was asked on Monday if Young was ready to play, if needed, based on any work he got in running the offense during the bye week.
“I think he, along with a lot of the players that are in backup roles, took advantage of their opportunities last week,” Fisher said.
For the first time since the Titans’ slide began, Fisher was non-committal, citing “competitive” reasons in saying who his starting quarterback would be on Sunday.
“I’m not going to go into details about the lineup changes, that’s a competitive issue,” Fisher said.
The Titans, at Adams’ urging, made the switch from Collins to Young in 2006, Young’s rookie year, after an 0-3 start. After losing his first two starts, the Titans rallied to go 8-8 that season, and Young held the starting job until a knee injury in last year’s season opener.
A bizarre incident in the aftermath of that game in which police were searching for Young’s whereabouts, put him back on the bench where’s the 2006 first-round pick out of the University of Texas has been ever since.