Tag:Bud Adams
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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Posted on: November 22, 2010 6:04 pm
 

Fisher: Vince Young to the IR list

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said this evening that Vince Young will need surgery on his flexor tendon injury in his thumb and will be placed on the Injured Reserve list.

Which means that no matter what owner Bud Adams says (psst, he said he wants Young on the roster in 2011 and that Young and Fisher will have to learn how to get along) , Young won’t play again this year.

And so, Fisher’s focus goes elsewhere.

“My focus is no longer on Vince Young,” Fisher said. “My focus is moving forward with the team. Rusty (Smith) will start, and we’ll bring in Chris Simms in the morning, and he’ll be our No. 2 until Kerry (Collins) gets better.”

Though Fisher isn’t sure when Collins will return from his calf injury, he said it might be another week or two.

He does know one thing, though. No matter what Young’s injury status was, he wasn’t going to be the Titans starter after Sunday’s game. That might not be what Adams wants, though.

“My concern is this week,” said Fisher, who did not speak with Adams about the Young situation. “I do have another year left on my contract. My hope is I finish my career here.”

As for repairing his relationship with Young and if this will take apart the locker room?

“My focus is on this football team,” Fisher said. “He’s not going to play any more games this year. We can deal with that when the season is over.

“The locker room knows what happened. The locker room is very much aware. On the field, guys are playing and they don’t know the facts. I shared with them the facts. Vince never came to me and said he wanted to come back in the game.

“Clearly our best opportunity to win the football game was with Vince on the football field. No disrespect to Rusty. He didn’t take starter reps. He hasn’t taken a snap in the NFL. If I thought Vince could have gone back in, he would have gone back in. I was not going to put him on the field, knowing ahead of time he had an injury.”

And even if Young did want to get back in the game, Fisher said he never knew about it.

“He may have told other people, but he didn’t tell the coach, the offensive coordinator or the quarterback coach. So as far as I’m concerned, he didn’t tell anybody.”

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Posted on: November 22, 2010 3:53 pm
 

Titans owner has Vince Young's back

Posted by Andy Benoit

Jeff Fisher must be thrilled to hear this: Titans owner Bud Adams spoke with Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. Here’s what Adams said about his feuding head coach and high-priced quarterback:

“They are going to have to work together. I haven’t given up on Vince, and I am sure Fisher hasn’t either. Vince was upset and said some things he regretted after doing it, but you have to get to the bottom of it, straighten it out and move on.

“It is one of those things that happened. It has happened, it is all over with and we want to get Vince back and playing again for us … These things happen. I have been at this thing for a long time, about 51 years now. I have seen a lot of things happen and I don’t want to go jumping off the building over something happening one time.’’

Adams said all this via phone from his Houston home. Thus, we have an absentee owner publicly stating that his head coach must stick by the quarterback who threw a tantrum and called him out in front of the team less than 24 hours ago.

Originally, the thinking here was that no way would the Titans pay Young the $8.5 million ($15-plus million cap number) that he’s owed in 2011. But after Adams’ comments, perhaps they will.

“It is not anything real serious,’’ Adams said. “Vince was just so upset with himself getting hurt that he was running mad about everything. Vince is a young guy and a good player and he has never had an injury like this before, and it is getting to him. He told me he wanted to go back in the game but the doctors didn’t think it would be a good idea. He was hurting but he was going to play anyway.

“This will all go away pretty quick.’’

So Young and Adams have had a conversation already? Wonder what Fisher thinks of that. Adams said Young will absolutely not be released in 2011. Instead, the 87-year-old owner seems to content to keep issuing the same excuses and wishful thoughts for the troubled quarterback.

“He may have had a good reason to be upset because he wanted to talk to the players in the dressing room, and Vince wasn’t real happy with himself,” Adams said. “But he is a young guy and he is learning and he has been in the pro ranks for a while now. He has done a good job with us.”

That Young guy is 27 years old.

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Posted on: October 3, 2010 2:22 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2010 2:23 pm
 

Cecil lets his finger do the talking

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’re betting that commissioner Roger Goodell won’t like the fact that CBS cameras caught Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil flipping off the officials after taking exception to a defensive penalty during the first half of the Tennessee-Denver game. Let me repeat: Yes, Chuck Cecil was giving the officials the finger.

As Pro Football Talk points out,  Tennessee owner Bud Adams was relieved of $250,000 after cameras caught him flipping the bird in the direction of the Buffalo sideline last year. Also, Jets coach Rex Ryan was fined $50,000 after using his middle finger at an offseason MMA event.

Seriously, Chuck Cecil? You should know better. If you’ve got to make a statement, yell it. Don’t give anybody the one-finger salute. Now, Goodell will be forced to put five of his fingers into Cecil’s wallet. And Cecil will deserve it.

If I’m guessing the amount he’ll be fined, I’m going with $75,000 to $100,000 – more than Ryan, because Cecil’s moment came on an NFL field. I bet it was worth it.

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