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Kevin Mawae: Vince Young is not a leader

The stories about Vince Young’s lack of professionalism are fairly well known in Tennessee at this point.  Still, Young’s teammates are usually careful not to speak frankly about the situation publicly.

NFLPA President Kevin Mawae and former Titans center is no longer Young’s teammate, so he can say what everyone else is thinking.

“It might be time for a change of scenery,” Mawae told’s Paul Kuharsky regarding Young.  “I played with Warren Moon, I played with Vinny Testaverde, I played with Kerry Collins, I played with Chad Pennington and the one thing all those guys had in common is that they were all field generals and leaders on the field.

“And there is one name missing that’s very obvious. And there is a difference in those four players versus the one that plays for the Titans.”

Mawae made a point to say that Young wins games; that you can’t take Young’s record away from him.  Still, despite a lot of flowery pieces that indicated Young turned a corner last season, it’s clear he has a long way to go in his development.

“As far as being the consummate pro like some of the other guys in the league,” Mawae said, “it’s disappointing that he hasn’t taken that step.”

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24 Responses to “Kevin Mawae: Vince Young is not a leader”
  1. coffinberry says: Dec 14, 2010 1:07 PM

    5 years if babying is long enough. I really hope Mr. Adams doesn’t continue to punish the fans of this team with the status quo of late in TN. Firings and releases across the board are in order.

  2. medialovesthecowboys says: Dec 14, 2010 1:19 PM

    Vince Young will be a Cardinal or a Viking next year.

  3. medialovesthecowboys says: Dec 14, 2010 1:19 PM

    or a Bengal

  4. dman19 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:21 PM

    he leads where it’s most important…the tiddybar

  5. cincyorangenblack says: Dec 14, 2010 1:36 PM

    welcome to the Bengals Vince….we’ll let you ruin your career and then you can blame it on Mike Brown… that will sell tickets and jerseys….ionce we ruin your FB career, you can link up with Ocho and TO for you own reality show….win win really

  6. phamt02 says: Dec 14, 2010 1:38 PM

    Next article on this subject:

    Steve Smith on Vince Young: “He ain’t at Texas anymore”

  7. burntorangehorn says: Dec 14, 2010 1:47 PM

    Where’s the part where he says VY isn’t a leader? Or is that just an inference on your part, GR? Because it sure looks like he’s saying VY just isn’t acting professionally right now, not that he isn’t a leader.

  8. bspurloc says: Dec 14, 2010 2:00 PM

    subject are chosen to capture your eye. u r not supposed to read the story and see the subject is irrelevant.
    course subjects becomes facts to those that dont read the article. so subjects are good ways to put out false info, then claim u didnt say it and refer them to read the article. lala…..
    so yeah it is exactly what he said. just not in your article.

  9. ernieernie says: Dec 14, 2010 2:07 PM

    Isnt is the law that you constantly give certain star athletes who screw up a second, third and fourth chance until they finally succeed?
    Then the book and storys come out about hardships, trails and sacrafices and how they overcame the ‘man’.

    Finally we see them holding hands with Rev Jackson, and Oprah and singing cumbaya.

  10. sarahpalinhater says: Dec 14, 2010 2:10 PM

    Wait til Skip Bayless hears this…he will EXPLODE!! I mean Skip is the ” Ultimate ”
    defender of Vince.

  11. irisht53 says: Dec 14, 2010 2:19 PM

    Burn, Mawae is quoted as saying:

    “I played with Warren Moon, I played with Vinny Testaverde, I played with Kerry Collins, I played with Chad Pennington and the one thing all those guys had in common is that they were all FIELD GENERALS AND LEADERS on the field.”

    “And there is one name missing that’s very obvious. And there is a difference in those four players versus the one that plays for the Titans.”

    So while Mawae doesn’t directly state “Vince Young is not a leader”, what Mawae does say gives plenty of validity to the headline.

  12. mean13 says: Dec 14, 2010 2:20 PM

    All you have to do is google “Vince Young shirtless” or “Vince Young drunk” for proof positive that he is in fact a leader……….of gay men across America.

  13. livenbreathefootball says: Dec 14, 2010 2:34 PM

    I forgot, what team does Mwae play for again?

    Oh that’s right, all thirty-two teams think so little of HIS skills no one will hire him. And considering the players who do keep getting jobs that is saying something.

  14. bigblueintexas says: Dec 14, 2010 2:37 PM

    @ burntorangehorn

    He says that when he lists all of the leaders he’s played with and leaves vy off that list. Try to keep up here. I know its tough being a product of ut. Or worse, not having gone to that college but rooting for it for some reason…

  15. jpk6044 says: Dec 14, 2010 3:28 PM


  16. angrycorgi says: Dec 14, 2010 3:41 PM

    Part of being a “consummate pro” coach is looking beyond your personal prejudices/desires for the good of the team, too. It’s a shame that Fisher can’t seem to do so. He’s far to caught up in his own press clippings to realize that his job is to direct a team to a championship, something he hasn’t even been close enough to sniff in a decade.

  17. mvp43 says: Dec 14, 2010 4:21 PM

    Please be a Viking


    Packer, Bear & Lions fans

  18. radrntn says: Dec 14, 2010 5:06 PM

    say what you want the guys knows how to get a “w”

  19. damayan5 says: Dec 14, 2010 8:12 PM

    “And there is one name missing that’s very obvious”

    Steve McNair comes to mind.

  20. serr8d says: Dec 14, 2010 8:40 PM

    Kevin’s right, of course. Vince Young is not a leader of men.

    What can you expect of a guy with the mental horsepower of an electric weed eater ? :\

    Should’ve taken Jay Cutler with the 3rd pick in the 1st round of the 2006 draft like most of us wanted.

    (And *I* buy Titans season tickets and I sit in the seats until the game is over, so I have a right to have this opinion. I pay for the right to have it.)

  21. AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Dec 14, 2010 9:44 PM

    @damayan5: When did Mawai ever play with McNair?

    I had no idea Mawai was ever a Raven or McNair was ever a Jet, because I sure know they never played together in Tennessee.

  22. akpackfan says: Dec 15, 2010 4:33 AM

    In Young’s defense, Mawae is a pretty lousy leader for the NFLPA.

  23. macjacmccoy says: Dec 15, 2010 12:32 PM

    I just think he doesnt like black mobile qbs. He name drops Testerverde Collins, and Pennington but not Steve McNair who was so much better then those 3. Yes I know Warren Moon is black but he acts more like a straight laced uptight white guy then a black guy.

    Im just kidding but maybe he really just isnt a fan of mobile qbs. because not bring up Steve Mcnair when talking down Vince Young says something. Atleast it does to me.

  24. commandercornpone says: Dec 15, 2010 7:29 PM

    vince doesnt always get Ws. far from it. when the D is healthy he can win. that’s not an endorsement.

    and he cant handle any boos.

    he’s a big pu$$y.

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