Fisher: Vince Young is no longer the Titans starting quarterback

Titans coach Jeff Fisher has seen enough.  Vince Young is through as his starting quarterback after another post-game meltdown.

Young suffered a torn flexor tendon in his thumb during the second half and did not return despite being seen on the sideline line warming up.  Rusty Smith closed out the contest in a 19-16 overtime loss to the Redskins.   Fisher said Young has lost his job regardless of his thumb injury.

As Young was leaving LP Field, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports Young threw his shoulder pads into the stands as he left the field.   Minutes later, he left the locker room in street clothes.

“Safety Michael Griffin, wearing only a pair of shorts, ran out of the locker room and chased Young up a ramp to the players’ parking lot, but was unable to catch him,” Wyatt writes.

Young faced a lot of boos from the home crowd on Sunday, something he has struggled dealing with in the past.  He waved to the fans at one point, as if to ask for more.   Fisher was visibly upset with Young after the game.

Young’s immediate and long-term future in Tennessee will come under focus after this incident.  He’s one of the highest paid quarterbacks in football, and is due $12.75 million next season, including a $4.25 million roster bonus.

UPDATE: Mike Florio reports that Chris Simms can expect to get a call from the Titans, via a league source.

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48 responses to “Fisher: Vince Young is no longer the Titans starting quarterback

  1. I can’t belive people thought this punk was ever any good! He is a backup at most in the NFL. I bet Dieon and Mike Irvin will have a different opinion liek they always do.

  2. Sounds like this is it for Vince Young in Tennessee. It’s a shame because statistically he was having a good year. But it’s pretty clear his maturity is just not improving and Fisher is finished with him. They better hope Kerry Collins is healthy by the next game because Rusty Smith played exactly like you would expect for a late-round rookie quarterback from a small college.

  3. Another petulant punk who the media will portray as a victim of a tough childhood.


    Now turn in your playbook and go be a pain-in-the-ass for another sucker, err, team.

    Hello Dan Snyder!

  4. The relationship between fisher and young has been a strange one since they drafted him… I was wondering why they didn’t put Vincent back in after he was warming up on the sideline.
    you’re paying him starter money and he is a “decent” game manager with an ARM on him. not that Rusty wasn’t better then expected, but why not go with your “franchise” guy??

  5. Young? Having an emotional breakdown? Get outta here.

  6. This guy is a complete and total jerk, what an A-hole.

    No one will want to touch this crybaby anymore, no way.

    I’ll bet he tries to commit suicide within a year.

  7. Wow…. threw his pads into the stands. That should get him cut tonight. No team should tolerate such immaturity.

    What’s that? Oh…right. We’re talking about athletes here, who have never been held accountable for any churlish behavior before in their lives. So, no, he won’t be cut.

    My bad.

  8. Vince – UT could use a starting qb very very badly in the game against A&M on Thursday. I’ll bet Mack Brown would be thrilled to have you back.

  9. This guy’s emotional state is as fragile as a small child.

    That’s what happens when you never face any adversity in your athletic career until you get to the pros.

  10. I love when Magazines (ESPN) do articles on players in the off season on how players have changed…yea he changed in 10 months!!! give me a break!!! This kid is horrible and has mental issues!

  11. Young has continued to show what he is made of. The fans seen up close and personal today. He is as immature as one can be at 12 years old.

  12. i know vince is kind of a biatch, but how about fisher have some respect for the guy who saved his job 2 years in a row? he has such a quick trigger to give up on the guy.

  13. Sorry, but those quotes are inaccurate. While Fisher clearly looked upset about Young’s handling of not going back into the game, he simply said that if Young needs surgery on his thumb, he’ll be out for the year and Rusty Smith will be their QB going forward.

    I don’t know where these quotes came from, but I watched this press conference, and this report has been wrongfully transcribed. Clearly, from his tone Fisher is fed up with Young for whatever reason, but making this leap from his pretty tame post game remarks after an emotional loss is kind of irresponsible.

  14. So, since he has been in the NFL he has a reputation for being stupid (single digit wonderlic), suicidal, thuggish, and now…psychotic? This guy has LOSER written all over him. It’s a shame to waste his talent and potential but I don’t see any way that he plays another down for Fisher.

  15. I’d like to see him join the military. He wouldn’t last past the first week of basic training. The drama queen should do commercials for Kleenex.

  16. Threw his shoulder pads into the stands????

    Must have been aiming for the bench.

    Seriously, that is unacceptable behavior from any player, let alone one who is supposed to be a “Leader”.

    This guy just hasn’t got it, will never GET “it”.

  17. The Vince Young era ended today.

    Not only his pads, but his helmet and his jersey got thrown in the stands.

    Griff caught up with him and got a nice shove from Vince.

    Heated words in the locker room between Fish and Vince right before he stormed out.

    Oh, and Fish had nothing but praise for Randy Moss, both on and off the field, and in the locker room. Vince avoided throwing to Moss, for whatever reason (professional jealousy, or the inability of a sub-10 Wonderlic to communicate at a much higher level?).

  18. Young did seem to gain a bit of maturity this season but he clearly has more work to do. It’s a shame, Young has the makings of a good starter but he just doesn’t seem to have the head for it.

  19. I thought that we had a different VY. You know the one who was going to win a SB and then be inducted into the HOF. At this rate the only way he will get into the SB or HOF is to buy tickets just like myself. HAHAHAHAHA!

  20. The Texans have botched a bunch of decisions over the years. But this was not one of them.

    In today’s action:

    V. Young: Benched (again)
    R. Bush: Hurt (again)
    M. Williams: 2 sacks (again)

    Williams is not the best defensive lineman in the league. But he’s really good. VY is a head case, and Bush is always a play away from a broken leg.

  21. Poor Moss… Must be thinking one circus to another… Seriously… I can almost picture him in the corner of the locker room on his phone “Please Tom, talk Bill into bringing me back!”

  22. I guess with Vince Young it comes down to focus. If he could focus better than the “distractions” wouldn’t bother him and he could play better.

    Jeff Fisher is a patient guy but everyone has their limits. I wonder if Vince is looking over his resume?

  23. What more can you expect from guy who shows up to the White House to meet the President of the United States wearing a sweat suit? Dude has major issues.

  24. I was hoping this kid could work out but if this stuff is true I give up on him.

    His childishness and the inability to play through pain are going to doom his career.
    I think he may take a Moss Tour of America though in the next few weeks. I figure either MN or MIA has to try him out, and he’d get to play because he can BS all the God/teamn/hardwork stuff, but he’d have a bad day and get canned, go to the other one, then maybe OAK. Same degree of funny as Moss if he makes it to CIN. The government would have to bury the stadium in concrete if he got to CIN.
    The only better situation would be MIN gets Young, cuts Farve, Farve goes to CIN. They don’t really need a quarterback, but I can dream.

    Titans have been a good team for years with fluctuation and problems at QB. Too bad.

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