Quarterback change has history of positive results for Titans

Monday, January 10, 2011 at 10:32pm

It’s clear who won’t be the Tennessee Titans’ quarterback next season.

The team plans to cut ties — one way or another — with Vince Young in the coming weeks. Coach Jeff Fisher says Kerry Collins is welcome to return, but as a backup. Rusty Smith is, based on his first career start (a 20-0 loss at Houston) — at best — a work in progress.

Who takes the first snap from center in 2011 is anybody’s guess, but there is reason to believe that change will be for the better, particularly given the way the team finished this season (6-10). That’s not to say it will make the Titans the best team in the NFL.

In Fisher’s first full season on the job (1995), he turned away from all three quarterbacks who started for the team the previous season: Cody Carlson, Bucky Richardson and Billy Joe Tolliver.

He instead turned to veteran Chris Chandler, and the then-Houston Oilers improved from 2-14 to 7-9.

Two years later, Chandler gave way to Steve McNair, who had spent two years on the bench waiting his turn. That move paid dividends in 1999 when McNair took the franchise to its only Super Bowl appearance. The immediate impact was negligible, though, as Chandler’s last and McNair’s first seasons each ended with 8-8 marks.

McNair held the job until 2005, a miserable 4-12 season. Collins was brought in days before the 2006 opener and dropped three straight starts before Young, that season’s first-round draft pick, replaced him and ultimately guided the team to an 8-8 record.

It’s clear, therefore, that the Titans have options.

A veteran such as Chandler and a rookie such as Young each helped turn bad teams into respectable ones in short order.

The challenge now is to find the right guy.

“We’re going to go out and decide who’s going to be there,” Fisher said. “ … We’ll simply do our best we can to illustrate the direction of this franchise.”

14 Comments on this post:

By: xhexx on 1/11/11 at 9:45

Titans need to draft Auburn's quarterback.

By: David_S on 1/11/11 at 10:23

Good god, no. No more running quarterbacks with questions around their ability to throw, make decisions, and study. We need a quarterback who has a good arm, and can study and read defenses well. We need a Matt Ryan or a Philip Rivers, not a pre-jail Michael Vick.

By: jwk6179 on 1/11/11 at 10:32

The Titans just got RID of a QB like that. I sure hope they don't make that mistake again. Plus, are there enough carries in a game to satisfy both Cam Newton and Chris Johnson?

By: TITAN1 on 1/11/11 at 12:11

I still think Ryan Mallett would be a good pick if we draft one.

By: TITAN1 on 1/11/11 at 12:12

I should have added that I don't think he will be available at #8 since Luck is not coming out.

By: serr8d on 1/11/11 at 12:28

Vick is not a free-agent. It'd be nice to see him under center here. And, given Bud Adams is sort of in a 'rush', it's going to take an established free-agent quarterback to make quick enough progress to satisfy Adams.

Bring in Michael Vick~!

By: serr8d on 1/11/11 at 12:28

"not" = "now"

By: yogiman on 1/11/11 at 1:26

I always thought it took eleven good playing men on the field to win a football game. Maybe it would be the Titan's advantage if they could get eleven quarterbacks as the offensive team. Heck, anyone of them could throw that oval balloon.

Maybe they could get a couple of quarterbacks for the defensive team so if they intercepted a pass they could throw it to one of their teammates who might be in the open to run for a touchdown.

Just an idea, folks.

By: Tennesseetitan78 on 1/11/11 at 1:28

Philly plans on putting the francise-tag on Vick next yr. K.Kolb will make 1.4 million next yr and the way Philly sees it, they have a very good backup QB that's not costing them that much, and would rather keep both of them (I'm sure they are thinking about Vick getting hurt as much as he does). Now Kolb has come out and said that he doesn't want to be a backup that he wants to be a starter. All indications from Philly are if they do trade Kolb they will be looking to get a first round draft pick for him. So us as Titans fans, is he worth a first round draft pick? I don't think so, but maybe I'm wrong. If the Titans can swap first round picks and then maybe a second or third round than that's sounds a little better. I still would like to see if we can draft R.Mallett or J.Locker for the long term solution.

By: Tennesseetitan78 on 1/11/11 at 1:32

Kolb or McNabb for the short-term solution (unless Kolb turns out to be that good), and draft R.Mallett, or J.Locker for the long-term solution. Please Titans do not draft Cam Newton....

By: d4deli on 1/11/11 at 3:49

Recruit Andy Dalton from TCU for QB.

By: bkelly@bkellyusa.com on 1/12/11 at 6:03

I'd like to see the Titans try to trade for Dan Lefevour. He is currently a backup with the Bengals. The Bears had him and wanted to keep but lost him as he was put on waivers before they could put him on thier practice squad. If you haven't seen him play on the check this out.


Brian Kelly

By: bkelly@bkellyusa.com on 1/12/11 at 6:05

I forgot to mention that Da Lefevour has better stats than Roethelsberger had in the same college league.

By: dleeds on 1/14/11 at 8:45

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