Tag:Vince Young
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:22 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 12:01 pm

Is Andy Dalton really a top-10 pick?

Dalton Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Since when did Andy Dalton become a top-10 pick for this week’s NFL draft? Hell, when did he become a first round pick? I must have missed that memo, but apparently, somebody thinks quite highly of the former TCU quarterback.

That team, according to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora is the Titans – who apparently are thinking of picking Dalton with the No. 8 pick (rather than, as convention (and our mock draft gurus Rob Rang and Chad Reuter) dictates, go with Auburn DT Nick Fairley).

La Canfora’s sources told him that Tennessee – which, after losing Vince Young and probably Kerry Collins, is in desperate need of a starting quarterback whose name happens not to be Rusty Smith – considers Dalton an elite prospect who is less of a risk than the other quarterbacks who might fall to No. 8.

Considering Auburn’s Cam Newton and Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert likely will be off the board by the time the Titans pick, Tennessee could want to avoid Washington’s Jake Locker and Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett and pick Dalton instead. The Titans also could be worried that by the time they get to their second-round pick, Dalton would be gone.

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Greg Cosell of the NFL Network disagrees, telling the Sacramento Bee that Dalton is no better than (gasp!) a fourth-round pick.

“He won't go there. He'll go higher," Cosell said. "But he doesn't throw it very well. He doesn't spin it very well. He's a guy you'll have to camouflage. He needs a strong running game to be successful."

Either way, it’s nice to know that Dalton’s red hair might not be that big a consideration with at least one NFL team.

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Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:44 am

Munchak says Vince Young won't be back

Young Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In the battle between Titans coach Jeff Fisher and QB Vince Young, owner Bud Adams declared Fisher the winner and decided to move on without a player who Adams still believed was valuable to his team.

Then, when Fisher resigned, there seemed to be a chance – a very small chance – Young could return to resume his career with Tennessee.

And even though Young has declared he wants to stay in Nashville, that, according to coach Mike Munchak, is not going to happen. 

No matter what happens in next week’s draft, Munchak said, via the Tennessean , Young won’t be back.

“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. “It wasn’t just a Jeff Fisher decision – I think people kind of have that feeling because it happened back then, we could change our decision.”

Hell, other players, like RB Chris Johnson, have said as much, because they, like us, assumed that with Fisher out of the picture, Young could return. But no, that’s incorrect.

“It was a company decision, so obviously we aren’t going to change that decision,” he said. “We are standing by that decision. What’s been done is best for everybody.”

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:57 pm

Offseason Checkup: Tennessee Titans

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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The Titans are in need of an overhaul, which is exactly what they’ll be getting this year (whether they want it or not). Long-time coach Jeff Fisher is gone, replaced by his former OL coach, Mike Munchak. Defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil is gone, replaced by Jerry Gray.

So is offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, replaced by Chris Palmer. So is QB Vince Young, replaced by, um, who exactly?

You might have forgotten this, but at one point last season, Tennessee was 5-2. Then, the Titans lost eight of their final nine games of the season to finish the season on a disastrous note. A note that signified that the organization needs a makeover and fast.

New coaching staff

The end of Fisher’s tenure in Tennessee was awfully strange. Though it seemed like owner Bud Adams thought about picking Young over Fisher, he actually didn’t. He wanted Fisher to stay, and Fisher agreed to return. Until he didn’t, changing his mind and resigning his position. Which means that the Titans are going through a wholesale change, and considering the lockout is preventing the staff from meeting with the players, Tennessee will have a tough time catching up.

One of the biggest losses to the team, though, was when DL coach Jim Washburn left for Philadelphia. Jason Babin – who made his first Pro Bowl last season – was really upset with the transition, because he knows how much Washburn tutored him. Washburn also helped develop Albert Haynesworth, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Antwan Odom, and his loss will be felt, especially if Babin leaves via free agency.

1. Quarterback
Young is gone, and though he compiled a 26-13 record and two Pro Bowl appearances in his five seasons with the Titans, a clean break from the organization clearly was needed. So, who to replace him? Kerry Collins, but he’s 38 years old. Rusty Smith, but he’ll be a second-year player with only one start of experience. So, where do you go next? Backup Brett Ratliff? I don’t think so.

2. Interior Offensive Line
LG Leroy Harris and C Eugene Amano struggled last season – one reason RB Chris Johnson’s numbers weren’t as good as he expected. Harris is still young, so the Titans might continue to use him, but Johnson might be appreciative if the Tennessee played somebody else at LG and C. RG Jake Scott, meanwhile, is solid and dependable.

3. Defensive Tackle
When the Titans talked about trading back for Albert Haynesworth last season, you know they were desperate for another DT. Thus, the Titans have to be loving the recent supposed drop in value of Auburn DT Nick Fairley. Although the undersized Jason Jones is quite a strong player at one DT spot, Fairley could add big talent to the defensive line if he’s still available for the Titans to draft at No. 8.

Is there optimism for the Titans next season? I don’t see how. Not after they lost their quarterback and then hired a head coach who’s never even been a coordinator to lead the team. Munchak, a pro football Hall of Famer because of his playing skills, is well-respected inside the game, but it might take a year or two to turn around the organization that, let’s face it, was left in total disarray.

And while we can say the AFC South isn’t necessarily going to be dominated by the Colts next season, I’d put the Jaguars and Texans ahead of Tennessee in the race for the division crown. By far.

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Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:55 pm

Rusty Smith wants to start for Tennessee

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might remember the day last season Titans backup QB Rusty Smith was called into action after the whole Vince Young/Jeff Fisher/walking out on teammates saga and then backup Kerry Collins getting hurt.

It occurred Nov. 28 when the then-rookie Smith went 17 of 31 for 138 yards and three interceptions in a loss to the Texans, and immediately afterward, he was relegated to backup duty once again.

Smith Still, Smith wants to compete for Tennessee’s starting job heading into next season.

Especially since, you know, Young isn’t around any more and it sounds like the Titans will look to add a veteran and a rookie QB to the roster before next year. If you think Smith is the forgotten man – and honestly, he probably is; his name hasn’t crossed my mind since that Texans game – he’d like to persuade you that you’re wrong.

"A lot of that has to do with newspaper people talking about that stuff," Smith told the Tennessean. "They tend to forget about small guys like me. I think the coaching staff knows what I can do and that I'm still here and working hard."

Smith obviously is dealing with a new head coach in Mike Munchak (though someone who’s familiar with Smith’s work) and a new offensive coordinator in Chris Palmer, so, in some respects, he’ll get a fresh start.

But if last season was any indication, he’s going to have to be really good early on in preseason practices to convince anybody that he’s ready to handle an NFL starting quarterback role.

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Posted on: March 8, 2011 1:45 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 2:10 pm

Vince Young: 'I would love to stay in Nashville'

Posted by Will Brinson

Things they are a'changin' in Nashville. There's a new head coach (Mike Munchak is in after the ousting of Jeff Fisher), a new coaching staff (Munchak's filling out his guys obviously) and, at some point, a new quarterback coming to town.

Unless Vince Young stays, which seems quite improbable. Well, to everyone except Vince Young anyway.

"I would love to stay in Nashville. I would love to stay in Tennessee," Young told Chaney Entertainment per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. "If it doesn't happen, wherever God blesses me to be at I'll give 100 percent."

It's probably not going to happen. I think. But this is Bud Adams we're talking about, and he's got a coach running his team that doesn't necessarily have the pull that Fisher had while in charge.

Which means if you see Vince buttering up Munchak, there's always a chance hanging out there that he could end up returning. So, um, uh-oh.

"I'm a big fan of Munchak," Young said. "I always call him Big Hall of Famer in the hallways and things like that. I have a lot of respect for him and he has a lot of respect for me so it's great. He deserves it ... like coach Fisher said ... he’s definitely the guy for the job."

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The only problems is Munchak has to be wondering whether Young's the guy for the other job. Based on the way things have gone for Young in Tennessee, it's almost impossible to think he believes that. However, it's generally believed that Adams still envisions Young as the guy who won a Rose Bowl, and not the mediocre NFL quarterback he's been for his career.

Then again, it's also worth noting that if the Titans want to trade Young (and he wants to be seen as tradeable and/or signable), he also has to say the right things publicly right now.

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Posted on: February 13, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2011 1:25 pm

Packers' Flynn drawing a lot of trade interest?

Posted by Will Brinson

There are three names -- Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb, Vince Young -- that really stand out when discussing free agent or trade options for teams in need of a quarterback. But it might be time to add a fourth: Matt Flynn.

The Packers backup quarterback, who nearly took down the Patriots in their Week 15 Sunday night primetime matchup, is drawing a lot of attention from other teams, according to Dan Pompei of the National Football Post.

Pompei cites Green Bay sources who believe Flynn is "ready to start" -- the obstacle to that is, clearly, Aaron Rodgers.

Green Bay doesn't likely want to get rid of Flynn, but he's "developed consistently" under Mike McCarthy and the current Packers coaching staff, and it's hard to imagine that his value will get too much higher than it is right now.

Because there are so many quarterback-needy teams -- Carolina, Washington, Minnesota, Seattle, San Francisco, Arizona, Miami and Tennessee all fall under the "immediately desperate" category -- the Packers stand a good chance of getting a high draft pick in exchange for their backup. 

Pompei believes it's possible for Green Bay to pull a second-rounder, and that seems like pretty fair market value. Although if that's the case, you can probably rule Carolina, Washington and Minnesota out of the running -- the Panthers don't have a second-rounder, the 'Skins just traded a second-rounder for a QB last year and the Vikings are in the same division. 

But if one of those other teams really wants a quarterback right now, and they see the draft as the only opportunity, a second-rounder for a young, ready-to-start QB like Flynn might seem like pretty good value, as opposed to reaching for a project like Ryan Mallett or Jake Locker. Especially when you consider what Washington paid for McNabb last year.

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 7:52 pm

Report: Titans will try and trade Vince Young

Posted by Will Brinson

Vince Young is as done with the Titans organization as Jeff Fisher. The only question remaining is how he exits.

It's been presumed that Tennessee will release Young. After all, he's not exactly a desirable commodity right now, even with a dearth of talented quarterbacks in the league. (And even though he's elite! Just ask him!) 

However, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Titans will seek to move Young if they can. However, there are a number of problems with being able to actually get someone to bite on Young.

For starters, there's his contract -- Young's set to make $8.5 million in 2011, and that's a pretty hefty price tag for a former first-rounder who's struggled intermittently on- and off the field throughout his career.

Making matters more murky, Young's due a $4.25 million roster bonus 10 days after a new CBA is signed. This is why the Titans are seeking to trade him (it's not due in March as previously believed), but it also means Tennessee has 10 days in which to make a move to get something in return.

So what's Young worth? Maybe a fourth- or fifth-rounder, given his struggles, the amount he's owed and the fact that he'd be a free agent after the 2011 season. There are certainly QB-needy teams out there (although Minnesota is the only team that really comes to mind when thinking of a possible trade partner), but the logical ending to this relationship involves Tennessee shopping Young, finding out no one's interested and then releasing him to not much fanfare.

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 4:23 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 5:07 pm

Was nepotism a factor in Fisher firing?

J. Fisher (US Presswire)Posted by Andy Benoit

There are any number of factors (Vince Young, Bud Adams namely) that contributed to Jeff Fisher's surprising dismissal from Tennessee (and subsequent decision not to coach in 2011). 

Could one of them have also been nepotism?

That's what Paul Kuharsky of ESPN threw out there recently. Kuharsky points out that after Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was diagnosed with cancer last season, Fisher added his son, Brandon, to the staff as an offensive quality control assistant. Brandon Fisher essentially served a crash course apprenticeship under Heimerdinger.

After that little apprenticeship for Brandon Fisher, who played football at Montana, his father apparently wanted more.

A source told John Clayton that Jeff Fisher was looking to add Brandon Fisher to his 2011 staff as a quality control coach, and that turned out to be a breaking point for Bud Adams.

I can’t believe Jeff Fisher didn’t know it would be.

Nepotism has long been taboo for Adams, and it’s the primary reason Gregg Williams, who wanted to bring his son Blake along, didn’t rejoin the franchise as defensive coordinator after the 2008 season.

Kuharsky also believes that Fisher may have been looking to cash out while avoiding an ugly lame duck season in 2011.

Fisher said in his farewell press conference that there was some discussion about Brandon’s appointment to the staff but “that was not the issue”. Jason La Canfora of NFL Network, however, said he heard that it was a significant issue for Fisher.

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