Young present for first day of Titans' offseason program

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 12:00am

The Tennessee Titans began their voluntary offseason program on Monday, and quarterback Vince Young was among the players in attendance for the first day of work.

Last year, Young, the team's first-round pick and the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2006, spent a good portion of his offseason working on his degree at the University of Texas in Austin and was only a part-time attendee in the Titans' offseason program.

Young's decision last year also drew criticism because the Titans had hired a new offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, who was charged with installing a new offensive system and working with Young to refine his footwork and passing mechanics.

The decision not to attend full-time also received additional scrutiny when a photograph of a shirtless Young at a college party surfaced on the Internet.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said in January at his season-ending press conference that he expected Young to be a full participant in the offseason work and would accept nothing less. Fisher added last month at the NFL Combine that he had spoken to Young and the quarterback was eager to move forward and asked what he needed to do to regain the starting job he last early last season.

A knee injury in the season opener and subsequent event where Young was unaccounted for for several hours factored into the Titans handing the reins of the team to Kerry Collins.

Collins helped the Titans to a league-best 13-3 record and was re-signed to a two-year, $15 million extension last month, leaving Young as the second-stringer for 2009.

Efforts to reach Young’s agent Major Adams were unsuccessful.

The Titans declined comment on which players were present and absent for Monday’s first day of work.

SECONDARY CONCERNS: Tennessee’s options for depth in the secondary took a double hit on Monday as the Green Bay Packers decided to match the Titans offer sheet for the restricted free agent.

Bush had signed the offer sheet in Tennessee on Friday, giving the Packers seven days to match the deal or lose Bush to the Titans.

That move came just hours after it was reported that the Oakland Raiders last week had re-signed cornerback/kick returner Justin Miller to a contract extension. Miller had visited the Titans recently, and the club considered him an option to replace Chris Carr who departed on Saturday for a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

Monday’s moves leave the Titans shallow in terms of depth at the cornerback position behind starters Cortland Finnegan and Nick Harper. Vincent Fuller re-signed as the nickelback, but he is a free safety by trade rather than a true cornerback. That leaves only last year’s seventh-round pick Cary Williams as the main cornerback backup, as the Titans earlier in free agency lost Eric King to the Detroit Lions.

The loss of Carr and the failure to land Miller also leaves the Titans with an uncertain situation at the kickoff and punt return positions. For now, Rafael Little is the most likely option, though the Titans are still believed to perhaps have interest in Carolina Panthers free agent receiver Mark Jones.

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By: weescot on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Trade him for Cutler

By: TheHunter on 12/31/69 at 7:00

uuuhhh, who cares ?

By: joetitan on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Ok.... Mr. Adams please listen, Vince Young,and Kerry Collins for Jay Cutler and Phil Simms...Think now they would solve there now and future plans as would we. Vince & Jay are towards the end of there contracts Kerry and Phil have new ones...all are good deals They would take it for sure if we hurry ...it's so obvious please Mr. Adams call Mr Bowlen.. Kerry will carry them till Vince learns the system....

By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I love Vince Young, and I love Kerry Collins. If we traded for cutler, which I'm not desperate to have happen, I'll root for him. Regardless, I support KC and VY!!!!!!!GO TITANS.

By: PaulRevere on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Collins is a low maintenance, productive NFL quarterback, who knows the ropes. Unless he gets injured or goes totally awry, he should be in the saddle for a while. Cutler is a warrior, for sure, but I think the Titans have had enough drama in the locker room, for the forseeable future. Let's hope VY hones in on the NFLQB skills and mindset. He can still write his ticket at this point. Let's stay tuned.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

TheHunter, you must care, you read the story and then posted.

By: house_of_pain on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Anyone who thinks Cutler would benefit the Titans obviously didn't see him play during the 2nd half of last season.Jay has had attitude issues since college.Glad to see Vince show up on day 1. I hope he has matured, can reinvent himself, and lead the Titans to many successful seasons.Go Titans!

By: TitansFan035 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Who cares about a QB right now!! We don't have any depht at the corners period.............If Cortland was to go down and Nick Harper, he gets hurt to much who is going to step up against a T.O or Reggie Wayne?????? TN pussed around to much with those free agents corners that came and visit, and the end product we don't have depht!! I am very dissapointed that they didn't sign Green when they had their chance. Perhaps trying to save a dollar or two cost us more. What is the next move, bring back garbage arse Reynaldo Hill? What a freaking joke, you know as fan i sit thru out the whole free agent period hoping someone well known will join our team, but noooooooooooooooo they keep bringing smucks and nobody's to the equation..

By: EquinsuOcha on 12/31/69 at 7:00

There are still a lot of cuts to be done around the nfl this off season......no need to panic just yet.

By: Rocket99 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Cutler is the LAST QB we need. He's turned into a big drama queen.

By: tedhitt on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Has ANY NFL team done any worse in this year's free agency than our beloved TITANS?I has been a lose-lose situation throuh out the process.

By: TitansFan035 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Titans are famous for being cheap and for trying to win big games with nobody's.. I heard the pats are trying to get their paws on J.Peppers,if they do can we say the pats are going all the way to the superbowl!!!! We are just going to have a team to compete and that is basically it! After we loose a few a forecast lots and lots of empty seats!!!

By: house_of_pain on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Somebody needs to change their moniker.Obviously not a real Titans fan.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I agree house_of_pain, I for one can't wait for the season to start.

By: cowboyjoker on 12/31/69 at 7:00

I wanted VY in Nashville badly after I saw him gut out the best damn performance by a college QB ever, in the NC vs USC. Since then, I wanted KC to go the rest of the season last year after the Vince meltdown.I think this season will tell if VY has learned anything and will step up in 2010 and be our franchise QB. Don't look for the Titans to muddy the waters any this season with any challengers. We don't throw away that kind of investment.

By: cowboyjoker on 12/31/69 at 7:00

As far as striking out on FA corners, don't be concerned. We offered them bargian basement deals becuase we knew that Cary Williams is going to be a playmaker and there are 3 possible first round corners they're looking at in the draft. Rafael Little or Michael Griffin are potentially great return men also.

By: egood81 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Cutler won't be playing for the Titans. Cutler will be in Denver next year.

By: Jokapsig on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Why would VY NOT show up at the voluntary off-season program? He's our # 2 QB, so it behooves him to get better. If he doesn't, he knows he's outta here.

By: courier37027 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

joetitan said, "Mr. Adams please listen, Vince Young,and Kerry Collins for Jay Cutler and Phil Simms...". I think Phil Simms likes his CBS broadcast booth gig, and now may be a little too old for NFL. Perhaps you meant his son, Chris?

By: courier37027 on 12/31/69 at 7:00

"Efforts to reach Young’s agent Major Adams were unsuccessful." Wait until Vince Young is on the trading block or free agent market. Agent Major Adams will be on every pro teams' phone line and every radio talk show.