When Titans coach Jeff Fisher benched QB Vince Young midway through the team's Week Two loss at Pittsburgh, most believed it was due to poor performance on the field. While that is partially accurate, new facts highlight a lack of preparation on Young's part leading to his removal from the game.
PFW's Titans correspondent Jim Wyatt wrote in today's Tennessean, "Sources familiar with the situation said Young missed or arrived late for at least two meetings leading up to the Pittsburgh game, including one Friday. While he was excused for one meeting, sources said Young's overall approach lacked the seriousness it needed."
Young was removed from the game in favor of backup Kerry Collins during Week Two, even though his team was only trailing by 13. After the game, Fisher said it was due to the physical Steelers defense that caused him to make a QB switch.
"That defense has created some very difficult opportunities for a number of quarterbacks in this league year after year after year, even the most veteran quarterbacks," Fisher said. "This is (Young's) first opportunity against them. He'll get more opportunities against this defense, I'm sure."
In Week Three vs. the Giants, Young played the entire game, going 10-of-16 for 118 yards and a TD in a 29-10 Titans win.
The way we see it
Maturity has always been a question mark for the talented Titans QB, and that was on display again by missing meetings in preparation of a game. To both Young and Fisher's credit, they moved on and earned a road victory on Sunday. It will be interesting to see what the punishment will be if something like this happens again.