It seems that Titans head coach Jeff Fisher is already making promises for the 2009 season. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Fisher has told free-agent to be QB Kerry Collins that if he comes back to the team, he’ll be the starting quarterback for the Titans to start 2009.
It was just after the playoff loss to the Ravens that Collins spoke about retiring from football if he is not the Titans starter next year. “I made my case known, that I’d like to be here and feel that I can be a part of several more good seasons,” Collins told The Tennessean. “I have several good years left in me, I know that. I will pack up and go somewhere else. I don’t want to, but that’s the reality of this business. . . . I am a starter in this league and if nothing materializes that way I will retire.’’
Maybe the big question in this whole deal is where does that leave Vince Young? The former first-round draft pick was the Titans starter on opening day, but after a cry-fest on the sidelines in the first game vs the Jaguars, he refused to go back in the game. Then after he did go back in, he hurt his knee, and never got his starting job back.
It will be interesting to see if the team simply stays status quo and keeps Collins the starter and Young the backup should Collins return, or if Young’s future with the team is for whatever reason in doubt if the team long-term wants to go in a different direction.