Young shows support for Collins, Titans teammates

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 5:04pm

Vince Young wants no part of any quarterback controversy.

Despite the fact that Jeff Fisher has squashed any notion of changing quarterbacks by proclaiming that Kerry Collins is still the Tennessee Titans starter, that hasn’t stopped fans and even some in the media from wondering if Young, the former first-round pick and starter, deserves another shot.

Young said Wednesday, speaking on the subject for the first time, that he stands behind Collins, his teammates and the coaches’ decisions on the matter.

“I’m not interested in none of that right now. I’m just focused on my responsibilities. I have no comment on that,” Young said. “[I’m going to] be a supporter and just be a team player, be the eyes for him on the sidelines. That’s basically it. That’s what quarterbacks do is take up for each other.”

Barring an injury to Collins, Young’s only other potential avenue back to playing time would be for Collins and the team to continue to struggle. And that is not a road Young wants his team to have to go down.

“I’m not looking for us to lose to get back in the game. That’s like saying no respect for your teammates,” Young said. “I definitely have a lot of respect for my teammates. I’ve got their back 100 percent. If they’re struggling, we’re all struggling. It’s not just one person. We’re all struggling. We need to put all the pieces back together so we can get everything right.”

As the Titans prepare for Sunday night’s game with Indianapolis, Collins said that talk of switching quarterbacks just naturally comes with the territory when a team struggles out of the gate as Tennessee has.

“It’s part of the territory. That’s just part of it,” Collins said. “When you struggle and you lose a few ballgames, the first guy they look at is the quarterback. That’s just part of it. I’ve been through it before, and every quarterback that has played long enough has been through it, with the exception of maybe just a couple.”

Collins did say he appreciates the support of Fisher as well as that of his teammates.

“I appreciate the fact that he’s gone to bat for me publicly. A lot of coaches wouldn’t do that,” Collins said. “So I do appreciate that, and it makes me want to do that much better for him. I feel like I still have the support of my teammates, and I think they know I’m doing everything I can to try and win, just like I know they are.”

Receiver Justin Gage said Collins has the backing of the locker room despite the tough times.

“We definitely have confidence in Kerry. He’s a veteran guy. He knows how to bounce back. It’s something he’s been doing for years,” Gage said.

As for the talk that goes on, Collins has found ways to block it out.
“Actually, it’s very easy for me. I swear to you. I haven’t listened to talk radio in I can’t tell you how long,” he said. “I’ve just learned over the years and I just ignore that stuff. I’m not stupid. I know what’s said, but if you don’t listen to it, it’s not being said. You know, what I mean?”

Meanwhile, Collins is directing his focus toward Sunday night’s game with the Indianapolis Colts with the idea of helping the Titans snap out of their 0-4 funk.

“My main focus is getting a win. I don’t pay attention to it. I’m focused back in on what I need to do this week,” Collins said.

Likewise, Young says he is taking care of his role this week as well.

“I always want to play, but I can’t do nothing about that except to be our scout team quarterback and make sure our defense gets good looks and make sure they’re getting themselves ready to play,” Young said. “My job is to stay in the game mentally and to stay ready.”

6 Comments on this post:

By: TITAN1 on 10/7/09 at 5:09

Good answers, VY!

By: daKine7 on 10/8/09 at 5:34

I just wish this "college grad" VY could speak intelligently, at least at an 8th grade level. It's always, "I can't do nothing"...he's got the brains to be a NFL starting QB? NOT!

By: TITAN1 on 10/8/09 at 6:10

When you become a perfect speaking person, then criticize.

By: NewYorker1 on 10/8/09 at 7:03

This is racism to the nth power. They were so quick to replace VY when he was on a losing streak. Racism dude, just racism.

By: nyctitansfan on 10/8/09 at 12:21

NewYorker1, what's this losing streak that Vince Young was on when he was replaced due to racism? He was replaced after the first game, when he acted like a baby after receiving some boos, trying to not go back into the game he was getting a few hundred thousand to play, got hurt, and then disappeared with a gun in his car instead of getting an MRI. I'm not saying he hasn't made strides since then with his maturity, but there were some very valid reasons he was benched last season. Kerry Collins is struggling this year, but so is our running attack, so is our defense, and, especially, so are the special teams. I know people look at Chris Johnson's total yards, and how he is only behind Peterson for the lead, but he also is one of the leaders for negative or no gain plays. So far, the Titans are just off in every aspect this season. If in two weeks, we still haven't righted the ship, then yeah, let's see what VY can do before next season when he is owed $14 million.

By: jps13pat on 10/8/09 at 10:41

TITAN1, you are spot on! Way to go Vince Young for stepping up and being a man. Like I've said in some other posts, he's always been a great teammate.

And what in the heck does someone's "speaking ability" have to do with anything? Vince is from Texas. He's playing in Tennessee. The South isn't exactly the grammar capital of the world. Funny thing is, our lack of "speaking ability" hasn't seemed to slow us down any.

daKine7, don't hate because he doesn't talk like YOU.

And can we PLEASE stop with all this racism crap? It's make believe, and it's extremely ignorant.