Posted by Ryan Wilson
New Titans head coach Mike Munchak made it clear earlier this offseason that Vince Young's career in Tennessee is over, and that will become official once the lockout ends.
“That was a decision made months ago and nothing that is going to happen personnel-wise, or how the draft goes, is going to change that,” Munchak said in April. “It wasn’t just a Jeff Fisher decision -- I think people kind of have that feeling that, because it happened back then, we could change our decision. We are standing by that decision. What’s been done is best for everybody.”
Young may have never fulfilled his promise as the Titans' franchise quarterback, but he won't be out of work long. The Dolphins and Eagles have been mentioned as possible destinations, although concerns about Young's maturity remain, especially if he's not the clear-cut No. 1 QB -- and at this stage of the proceedings he most certainly won't be.
But the man responsible for benching Young in Tennessee on a handful of occasions has now come to his defense. Perhaps time away from the game has mellowed Jeff Fisher, who was fired by Titans owner Bud Adams back in January. Or maybe he thinks Young would have more success with another franchise. Either way, he spoke about it during a recent appearance on NFL Network's Total Access.
"Keep in mind, he won a lot of games for our organization and led us to the playoffs," Fisher said of Young, according to USAToday.com's The Huddle. "He's a tremendous player. He's certainly got a great deal of ability, and he's a rare athlete, and he's a good teammate. And hopefully he can learn from this experience and get that (next) opportunity."
This is the same Jeff Fisher who didn't appear to be much of a Vince Young fan while they were both in Tennessee. Or, at the very least, didn't have enough confidence in Young's abilities to not bench him in Week 2 of the 2010 season for the now-retired Kerry Collins.
"A lot of the really good quarterbacks had a defining moment, you know where it just got hard on 'em -- it just gets hard -- and I think that's what happened with Vince," Fisher said.
"I think he had a defining moment, and it just became overwhelming to him. And I know he's had a chance to step away from it now, and I know he's one that learns from mistakes. If given the opportunity, he'll learn from this past one."
While it's a virtual certainty that Young will be with a new NFL team in the coming weeks, whether he can become an above-average NFL starter is another matter. Maybe the cliche holds true in this instance -- a change of scenery will do him good. Or maybe he'll just be the same player, just wearing a different uniform.
Fisher, meanwhile, sounds as if he's up for coaching again at some point in the future. "I want to get back in the X's and O's," he said. "I want to get back and see what people are doing and put your systems together and just kind of study the game. So this fall will be a great opportunity to do so."
And if the coaching thing doesn't work out, he can always join Jon Gruden at FFCA.
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