Well, all who thought Titans owner Bud Adams would keep Vince around in favor of coach Jeff Fisher are wrong. Today, Titans owner Bud Adams said it was time to let Vince Young go and for the franchise to find its next quarterback.
In a press statement released Wednesday night Adams said Young won’t be on the team’s roster next season, but he’s still evaluating the coaching staff.
“We have two critical decisions to make, the direction of the coaching staff and the future at the quarterback position. They are separate issues to me and will be dealt with separately,” Adams said.
Adam was once quoted as saying that Vince Young was “his guy”, apparently that is no longer the case.
Young is 30-17 in his five NFL seasons, but only 13-14 against teams finishing a season at .500 or better. He’s also battled questions over his work ethic, leadership and injuries. He suffered a season-ending thumb injury on his right hand Nov. 21, tossed his shoulder pads into the stands and told off coach Jeff Fisher in front of the locker room before storming out.
Young is due a roster bonus of $4.25 million in March and an $8.5 million salary for 2011.
Vince has has his battles with his mental state, he had an injury in the 2008 opener and Fisher wound up calling police when Young’s mother worried about him speeding off a day later from his home in his Mercedes.
Veteran Kerry Collins remained the starter as the Titans opened 10-0 and earned the AFC’s No. 1 seed that season.
But Young came off the bench under Adams’ orders after the Titans started 0-6 in 2009, and the quarterback helped them win eight of their final 10 games. He started eight of nine games in 2010 but couldn’t finish three games because of injuries. He threw for 10 touchdowns with only three interceptions and a career-best 98.6 passer rating as he was 93 of 156 for 1,255 yards.
Since being placed on injured reserve on Nov. 23, Young was seen in the team’s locker room only once on Dec. 17, and he was on the sideline during the third quarter of the Titans’ win over Houston on Dec. 19 before leaving the field early in the fourth quarter.
Young didn’t show up Monday for the team’s final meeting of the regular season. Asked about Young’s absence, Fisher said to ask the quarterback.
Adams also said in his statement that he informed Fisher he still is evaluating the coaching staff.