It seems like the situation with Titans QB Vince Young and his injured knee and the team is getting more and more strange. Monday the Titans disclosed that an MRI that Young was supposed to have had to be rescheduled, and that the results would finally be released on Tuesday. Reports say that Young has a third degree sprain of his knee, meaning that he’ll likely miss the next few weeks.
That’s not it. What is strange is what took place during the Titans 17-10 opening day win over the Jaguars. Young was picked off about halfway through the fourth quarter and walked to the sideline with fans giving him a piece of their minds with heavy boos. Young then threw his helmet and sat on a bench with a towel over his head. After the Titans D forced Jacksonville into a three-and-out, and the offense went on the field, and Young was still on the sideline.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher had to pull off his headset to talk with Young. The quarterback then put on his helmet and took the field, only to then have his leg hurt just four plays later after he rolled out on a bootleg and Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith collided with his left knee. It was a strange sequence to say the least for Young, who still has not won the hearts of his fans, that’s for sure.
As for the back and forth between Fisher and Young: “I had an offensive group on the field and the referee is getting ready to wind the play clock, and I had a quarterback on the sideline. If I appeared upset, it’s because I wanted to get my quarterback on the field so we could go. So that’s the long of it. I think we’re making an awful lot over the fact that there was some communication on the sideline,” Fisher said Monday.
There’s lots of talk about Young quitting on his team, and with the way things went down during the win, that talk is only going to grow. The Titans have too much invested in Young to give up on him, but at the same time, how long can they put up with his back and forth play? “It’s not the first time he’s been frustrated or he’s shown frustration outwardly on the sideline,” Fisher said. “But he tends to bounce back. He was not happy after the first interception, and he clearly should not have thrown that ball. He made that decision, he understood it, he processed it. He came back two series later and led us on a touchdown drive.”
For now, Young had better get his head on straight and grow up. The Titans have too good of a defense and are well enough coached to make a serious run at the Colts in the division. In the end, the team may have to decide exactly how long they will allow Young to hold them back. Unless he gets things turned around, the team may be forced to make at move at the QB spot sooner rather than later.