Vince Young Era Appears Over in Tennessee after Drama in Titans 19-16 OT Loss

More than ever, it appears the Tennessee Titans are at a crossroads.

Sunday at LP Field the team had a great shot to move to 6-4 on the season, but instead they allowed the Washington Redskins to hang around, and in the end they fell to 5-5 after a 19-16 overtime loss.

But that’s not the whole story.

The real story is about the back and forth between Titans coach Jeff Fisher and quarterback Vince Young. It finally seems that after all the drama the two have been through, Young has finally worn out his welcome with the coach and in Tennessee.

Young left the stadium after being knocked out of the game with an injured right thumb in the third quarter, and it didn’t sit well with the coach, who has stood by Young in the past even after he has been forced to bench him.

Young hurt his thumb when his hand slammed into a helmet completing a 37-yard pass to Nate Washington. He stayed in the game for a handoff to Chris Johnson, then went to the sideline where he had his thumb taped. Trainers kept retaping the thumb as he tossed the ball with Moss, trying to see if he could return.

Rookie QB Rusty Smith took over for Young and was unable to help generate any points, then led the Titans on a seven-play, 72-yard drive that was finished off with a 40-yard Rob Bironas field goal to put the hosts in front 16-13 with 8:40 to play in the fourth quarter.

It wasn’t enough though, as the Redskins were able to tie the game, and then after some poor mistakes in overtime, Graham Gano kicked a 48-yard field goal with 8:17 remaining in the extra frame to get the win for the visiting Skins.

After the game Young tossed his shoulder pads into the stands as he left the field, setting off a chain of events in the locker room. As Fisher gathered the team, Young uttered expletives under his breath as he was getting dressed, according to the source.

Young then headed for the locker room door. Fisher told him not to walk out on his teammates. Young responded that he was not walking out on his teammates, but was walking out on Fisher, according to the source. Young and Fisher exchanged more words as the quarterback went out the door, a source said.

The final game winning drive for the Skins started at their own 13-yard line, as Donovan McNabb connected with Chris Cooley for a 26-yard pass and two plays later, an unnecessary roughness call on the Titans plus a replay reversal of an interception gave the ‘Skins possession on their own 42.

Tennessee was then flagged for a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty that moved the ball to the Titans’ 43. After a short run and 10-yard completion to Santana Moss, the Redskins had it on the 31. Washington (5-5) could only pick up another yard before Gano came on and split the uprights for the game- winning kick.

“Before I even looked up, I knew it was going in,” Gano said.

McNabb completed 30-of-50 passes for 376 yards with one touchdown and an interception for Washington, which recovered from a 59-28 rout to Philadelphia on Monday and snapped a two-game losing streak.

Clinton Portis returned from missing the last five games with a groin injury and had five carries for 32 yards before leaving after suffering a setback. Keiland Williams took over for Portis and rushed for 68 yards. Moss finished with six catches for 106 yards with a TD, while Cooley had seven receptions for 91 yards in the victory.

Young threw for 165 yards on 12-of-16. The Titans have now dropped three straight overall. Smith was 3-of-9 for 62 yards and one interception. Johnson rushed for 130 yards on 21 carries, while Washington pulled in five catches for 117 yards.

“This team battled, but I don’t think this team played smart,” Fisher said. “You don’t win a game in overtime with three penalties. I’m very disappointed.”

And now, it appears more then ever that he may be in the market for a QB.

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