Tag:Vince Young
Posted on: December 10, 2010 5:06 pm

Fisher is cool with Britt liking Vince Young

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Earlier today, Will told you about Titans WR Kenny Britt’s tribute Thursday night to Vince Young when he wore a towel with #10 VY written on it in black ink.

Considering Young is in a very public feud with Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher, Britt’s gesture would seem like a slap in the face to the person who decides how much playing time he’ll get for the rest of the season. Especially if owner Bud Adams decides he’d rather live with Young on the team rather than employ Fisher as the coach.

Fisher was asked about the towel today, and the gesture didn’t seem to bother him.

“I wasn’t aware of it last night and I haven’t addressed it with him," Fisher said via the Tennessean. "Today, we cut the players loose (for the weekend). I’m not too concerned. What I want him to do is play."

Which he did Thursday, taking pretty much all of Randy Moss’ reps, though he only caught four passes for 39 yards in Tennessee’s loss. Fisher also wouldn’t be surprised if Britt is a little lighter in the wallet when the NFL is finished with him.

"There’s fines levied every week for uniform violations across the league, whether they’re socks or towels or what have you,” Fisher said. “So if it’s something that didn’t fit the requirements, I’m sure there will be a fine.”

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Posted on: December 10, 2010 10:06 am

Britt salutes Young in return, Moss goes goodbye?

Posted by Will Brinson

Kenny Britt may have helped put the Titans in a first half hole Thursday night (his costly third-down fumble led to the Colts' second touchdown of the game), but his return also provided a spark for an offense that hadn't scored in 33 consecutive drives before their touchdown near the end of the first half.

It was a spark that Randy Moss didn't bring/hasn't brought to the Titans, and the wide receiver essentially sat out the entire game, either because he's not worth sending deep or he simply can't provide enough run blocking to make it worth keeping him on the field.

Either way though, Moss was the surprisingly quiet one off the field -- it was Britt that might be stirring up trouble in the locker room, with his decision to show support for teammate Vince Young. Britt sported a white towel with #10 VY written in black ink, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, but didn't come back out with it on in the second half.

This is problematic since Britt's current head coach, Jeff Fisher, isn't exactly BFF's with Young right now. Fisher told the NFL Network before last night's game that he hasn't spoken to Vince and doesn't know where Young is and that he wishes Vince would be more of a "pro." (Although he wishes everyone would be, but that's neither here nor there.)

It's even more problematic, though, because Fisher also said last night that "to a man most everybody in that locker room" was not on Young's side. Britt's display would at least seem to imply he's not directly in Fisher's corner (although Roddy White once sported a "Free Mike Vick" t-shirt and he's doing just fine, thanks). Regardless, expect him to pick up a fine from the commissioner's office for the uniform violation.

As for Moss, his time in Tennessee -- remember, his third team this year -- might be coming to an end sooner or later. The Titans have either decided that he's not elite enough of a wideout to start over Britt or Nate Washington or they're convinced that since they haven't won a game since they acquired him six weeks ago, he must just be a jinx.

Either way, it seems increasingly likely that we've seen Moss play his last meaningful down as a Titan (which might actually be his first) and, unless a fourth team thinks they can use him for the playoff run, perhaps the end of Moss in the NFL for 2010. Which will make his contract negotiations going forward incredibly awkward.

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 7:55 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2010 8:59 pm

Fisher gets candid on VY: 'I haven't seen him'

Posted by Will Brinson

Vince Young's situation with Jeff Fisher (it's not good!) is irrelevant for Titans' football played on the field this year, because Young is on injured reserve.

But it's extremely relevant for next year and Fisher's future as a coach for the remainder of the season (oddly enough, Andy and I discussed this very subject on the podcast Thursday); Bud Adams has made it pretty clear that he wants Young on the team, while Fisher has implied quite strongly that he would prefer Vince not to play for the Titans.

On Thursday, he got extremely candid with Steve Mariucchi of the NFL Network about the situation.

"I don't know," Fisher said when Mooch asked him where Young is at the moment. "I haven't seen him since the Redskins game, since he left the locker room -- left the team in the locker room."

You probably recall that there was some discussion as to Young walking out of the locker room, and then some more discussion as to Young texting Fisher an apology instead of offering a face-to-face mea culpa. That led to the speculation that Young wasn't welcome at the team's facility. Thursday, Fisher confirmed that wasn't true.

"Yes, he's welcome -- he's treated no differently than any other injured reserve player," Fisher said.

However, the technicality of Young being "welcome" may not mean that he's actually welcome, if you know what I am saying.

"My gut feel is the locker room's much better [without him] because of his actions after the game," Fisher said. "There's no excuse for what he did.

"I think to a man most everybody in that locker room would have disagreed with his actions and from that standpoint, he's probably better off not being here. But he is welcome to come back and rehab and be in the meeting rooms and so on."

Fisher also told Mariucchi that he hasn't spoken to Bud Adams about the future with Young -- only that they'd had a discussion about the "franchise quarterback's" thumb surgery and season-ending trip to injured reserve. Mooch ended the segment of the interview by asking a stupendous question: what's the one thing that Fisher would like to change about Young.

"This is not just Vince -- this is most players in general," Fisher responded. "I think it's understanding what it takes to be a pro and the time commitment. It's a privilege to play in the National Football League and it takes work. And there are also going to be ups and downs associated with that and you have to be able to keep those in perspective."

To sum up quickly: Fisher isn't going to be happy if he's trying to live with Young next year, regardless of the fact that Adams clearly thinks the former Texas Longhorn is forever young.

That's obviously not the case, as Young is now 27, without having shown any clear signs of becoming a "pro." And Adams would be wise to note that the Rose Bowl was a really long time ago, and that Matt Leinart (Young's opposition that night) has already moved on. If the Titans' owner was wise, he'd give V.Y. the same fate, instead of potentially losing the longest-tenured current coach in the NFL.

Because if you read between the lines (words?) and you look at the way Fisher's approaching his future (by being extremely candid on-air with just for weeks remaining in 2010), it's pretty clear he'll walk if he has to.

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Posted on: December 9, 2010 2:52 pm

NFL Podcast Preview: Titans vs. Colts

Posted by Will Brinson

The Thursday night NFL matchup features the Titans vs. Colts and before the season, this puppy looked pretty sweet, since it features superstar power in Peyton Manning and Chris Johnson. Somewhere along the line, Peyton lost his arm strength and defenses figured him out (just kidding) and Johnson's team forgot he was on the roster (maybe not kidding).

Can Peyton bounce back and find someone other than Reggie Wayne for big yards? Will the Titans be motivated with the possibility of Jeff Fisher leaving? Should Fisher leave if Bud Adams refuses to cut Vince Young loose (random rant No. 2)? Just how handsome is Tom Brady (awkward, random rant No. 1)? Why isn't Brady a bigger star than Peyton? Can the Titans get CJ2K more involved? Will their defense even bother showing up on Thursday?

Andy and I answer all those questions (plus, much, much more) below -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
Posted on: December 6, 2010 1:17 pm

Fisher's future in Tennessee looking iffy?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Yahoo Sports’ Michael Silver says that there’s a legitimate chance that the slumping Tennessee Titans could be in thJ. Fisher (US Presswire)e market for a new head coach after the season. Jeff Fisher is entangled in an ugly rift with quarterback Vince Young and working for an owner who might side with the quarterback before he sides with the coach.

Adams has already said that Young and Fisher must learn to coexist. Young is due a $4.25 million roster bonus in March. But what makes the situation interesting is that Fisher, whom many believe is not willing to bring Young back, has a clause in his contract that, according to Silver, “(grants) him the right to control which players are carried on the 53-man roster.” Thus, a power struggle could be on the horizon.

Complicating a potential coaching change in Tennessee is the league’s labor unrest and the fact that there would be a handful of teams willing to hire Fisher in a heartbeat.

Fisher, of course, is not speaking about anything other than the Titans’ 2010 season at this point. His 5-7 Titans have a must-win game Thursday night against the Colts. Indy might be the only team that can’t gash Tennessee’s tired defense on the ground right now.

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 8:58 pm

Hot Routes 11.27.10: Raiders fool us all

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- So, it’s looking like Raiders QB Bruce Gradkowski will get the start this week in place of Jason Campbell. Which isn’t what we expected yesterday.

- Rams RB Steven Jackson has been using an altitude tent this week in preparation for facing the Broncos in Denver. Meanwhile, St. Louis CB Ronald Bartell tried his twice, and he’s not going to use it ever again. Read this St. Louis Post Dispatch story to find out why (ahem, he might have got himself stuck inside).

- It might not be rocket science, but Titans QB Rusty Smith likely will look to pass more to WR Randy Moss than his predecessors. Before they got injured, Vince Young and Kerry Collins targeted Moss a combined total of four times, and last week, Young looked his way just once. When Smith entered the game, by the way, he tried throwing to Moss three times.

- Watching the Chargers-Broncos game last week, I was struck by how often Denver QB Kyle Orton threw toward the receiver who was being covered by San Diego rookie CB Antoine Cason. And I was struck by how well Cason played. In actuality, Cason has been pretty good most of the season.

- What will happen to Tarvaris Jackson now? Maybe he should just get the hell out of Dodge.

- Once again, nobody has any idea if Antonio Gates’ foot will allow him to play this weekend. Plantar fasciitis sounds less than fun.

- Jake Delhomme will start Sunday for the Browns when he takes on his old team, the Panthers. But he understands who Cleveland’s quarterback of the future is. His name is Colt McCoy.

- Jimmy Clausen will start at QB this Sunday for the Panthers. Who backs him up is a little more complicated.

- The Redskins today waived WR Joey Galloway. In many fans' views, it's about freakin' time .

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Posted on: November 24, 2010 3:46 pm

VY tells Fisher 'im sry'...or something like that

V. Young Posted by Andy Benoit

Titans quarterback Vince Young sent an apology text to Jeff Fisher Wednesday morning. The juvenile gesture was received with no more than a metaphorical shrug from Fisher. Asked if anything good came from the texted apology, Fisher said “I don’t think so, no. Someone could have grabbed his phone and texted.”

We’ll keep an eye out for any VY tweets. In times of turmoil, he’s been known to send out messages that are half inspirational, half chip-on-the-shoulder nonsense (like this one from Monday: “Will prove them again I'm still focus with pride much love to my true fans.”)
Fisher said, “I’m not a real big text guy. I’m not really into this new-age stuff. I don’t twitter or tweet, but I think face-to-face is a man thing.”

Young, who is on IR with a thumb injury, was not present for a team meeting earlier in the week, and Fisher made it clear that he was not welcomed anyway. However, Young has not been banned from Titans facilities (which presumably means he could have found a way to apologize to Fisher face to face).

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 3:18 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 4:43 pm

Titans deny report V.Y. asked to leave facilities

Posted by Will Brinson

The Vince Young situation is starting to take on a Favrian feel to it -- not only did he walk out on his teammates (or his coach, depending on who you ask), and not only is he done for the season and yet still in the middle of a spat between an owner and a coach, but now he's reportedly been asked to stay away from the Titans' team facility.

That's according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, who cites multiple sources saying Young showed up to the Titans' facility on Monday "and was asked to leave by a team official."

Wyatt writes that "Young expressed frustration and was visibly upset, according to sources, but he eventually left without incident."

It doesn't take a genius to peg the person responsible for wanting to keep Young away from the team's facilities -- Fisher is clearly unhappy with Young at the moment, and probably not thrilled that Bud Adams got Young's back to clearly.

That's speculation, of course, and so is this: if Fisher is going to keep butting heads with Young, Adams is going to do somer thing drastic and we could end up with a "he goes or I go" situation, which seemed completely unfathomable just about three weeks ago when the Titans were considered strong contenders in the AFC.

Update (4:30): The Titans issued a statement about the Young situation, saying the "reports indicating that Vince Young is not welcome at Baptist Sports Park are incorrect. Yesterday, he was informed by a coach at the facility not to attend Monday's team meeting and was free to leave. The intention was to be able to talk to the team about Young’s situation and how the team would move forward. Players that are on injured reserve are not required to attend team meetings. As of today, he has been placed on injured reserve and all the same rules apply to him as to any other player in that category."

That's a statement they have to make in order to keep this situation from escalating too far, and perhaps it's accurate. However, he was in fact asked not to attend a team meeting and it's clear there's some strife between Young and Fisher. That's enough to warrant some concern that this could get out of hand.

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