With a huge salary increase coming in 2010, there are a lot of folks who believe Vince Young’s time with the Titans could be coming to an end after this year.
The guy paying the checks isn’t one of those people.
Titans owner Bud Adams came out strongly in support of Young Saturday, making a financial promise that could make the Titans front office cringe and Young smile wide.
“We’re going to be paying [Young] quite a bit of money for the next couple of years,” Adams said. “I really think [his problems] are [behind him]. I think he is going to be a great quarterback for us like he was in high school and in college.”
Adams sounded incredulous when asked if there was any scenario where Young might not be on the team in 2009.
“What do you mean not on the team? He’s under
contract. He is not going anywhere but right here. He is our future
Adams said that Young can be a “great quarterback” in time, perhaps encouraged by Young’s showing in Tennessee’s second preseason game Saturday night.
While it hasn’t been possible to watch the Titans game yet (although I’ve got the Tivo set up for 1:00 p.m. like a dork; gotta love NFLN in August), Young reportedly took a huge step forward from his Hall of Fame game performance.
Young completed nine of 14 passes for 131 yards and a score against the Buccaneers, directing two scoring drives out of four chances. He completed two passes over 35 yards.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean writes Young “threw accurately on the run, stepped up and made throws, and played with a bounce in his step.”
Patrick Ramsey was also effective in his three drives to close the game, but Young should be able to keep the backup job if he builds on his Saturday performance.
Young might even get to start a Titans preseason game. And if Bud Adams has anything to say about it, it sounds like Young will be starting regular season games for the Titans again someday as well.