At the end of Sunday night’s 31-9 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the 30 or so fans still hanging around in Nashville chanted “We want Vince!” repeatedly. Fisher obliged and Young trotted onto the field and went 0-for-3 while rushing one time for six yards. Yet, somehow, he still looked better than starter Kerry Collins.
After leading the Titans to a 13-3 record last season, some might expect that Collins actually had a good year. He didn’t. His quarterback rating was just 80.2. The Titans won because of their defense and running game. Collins just did a decent job of staying out of the way.
In vaulting the 2009 version of the Titans to an 0-5 start, Collins has completed 106-of-185 passes (57.3 percent), for 1078 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. That stellar performance has given him a quarterback rating of 67.4, ranking him 29th out of the 36 players who qualify. The only players with lower ratings than Collins are Kyle Boller (66.1), Matt Stafford (65.5), Brady Quinn (62.9), Jake Delhomme (60.3), Josh Johnson (57.1), JaMarcus Russell (47.1) and Derek Anderson (39.0).
Young, who has been relegated to the bench over the past two seasons, was never really that great as an NFL starter. During his rookie season in 2006, Young played in 15 games. He completed 184-of-357 passes (51.5 percent) for 2,199 yards, 12 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, and a 66.7 rating. He did run for 552 yards and seven touchdowns as well. The Titans went 8-8 that season.
In 2007, Young played in 15 games again, completing 238-of-382 passes (62.3 percent), for 2,546 yards, nine touchdowns, 17 interception and a 71.1 rating. He also had 93 rushes for 395 yards and three touchdowns.
Young was listed as the starter to open the 2008 season and injured his knee in the opening game and was expected to miss a few weeks. Fisher made the decision to go with Collins as his stater for the rest of the season.
Young has a career passer rating of 68.5. Which doesn’t exactly knock anyone’s socks off, but an argument could be made that he deserves a chance because Collins has been so awful to start the season. Hey, you’re paying Young to sit on the bench while Collins has been terrible. Might as well throw the kid out there and see if he’s got anything left in the tank.
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