Jeff Fisher Says Titans Locker Room Better Without Vince Young

December 9, 2010 – 11:56 pm by Ryan Phillips

Tennessee is apparently a much nicer place when you don’t have to deal with Vince Young. At least according to Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher.

Fisher, who had a much publicized post-game spat with Young after a Week 11 loss to the Washington Redskins, has said the Titans’ locker room is a much better place now that the temperamental quarterback is no longer around.

Fisher told Steve Mariucci of the NFL Network, “My gut feel is that the locker room is much better because of his actions after the game. There’s no excuse for what he did. I think to a man, most everybody in that locker room would disagree with his actions, and so from that standpoint he’s probably better off not being here. But he’s welcome to come back and rehab.”

Ohhhh snap! Fisher totally just pulled the old “Hey you, yeah you. No one here likes you. In fact, we think you’re a loser. But, ya know, you can still hang around if you want” move. And he did it beautifully. I haven’t see that tactic used so effectively since my freshman year of college, when some friends and I finally let the kid on our floor who streaked naked through the hall every night know we weren’t exactly big fans of his.

Fisher is being really bold with his criticism and frankly this is really ballsy. He’s making his stand and putting his foot down. He and Vince Young can clearly never work together again. That’s a big deal, considering that Titans owner Bud Adams is a huge Young supporter and always has been.

So should Adams side with his long-time respected head coach, or a quarterback who has never lived up to his potential? Our bet is he has to finally cut the cord on Young. Fisher clearly already has.

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  1. 22 Responses to “Jeff Fisher Says Titans Locker Room Better Without Vince Young”

  2. What about a coach who have not done anything since the team went to the SB. This guy Fisher is a fraud. Vince Young saved his ass last year, but he’s always so quick to bench him. Enjoy those last few games Fish, cause you’re gone after this season.

    By ragg on Dec 10, 2010

  3. Good for Fisher. Now, if Bud Adams has any working brain cells left, he’ll back his head coach. Otherwise, I am sure there are plenty of teams who would love to have Fisher as a head coach. Choose wisely, Mr. Adams.

    By aj on Dec 10, 2010

  4. I think Coach Fisher never wanted Vince back after his first melt down. That year Kerry Collins played lights out and they finished with 12 wins. Last year Kerry was so bad that everyone kept waiting for Fisher to put Vince in, and he never did. Finally Bud Adams had to order Fisher to put him in and they went on a winning streak. I think the coach harbored some serious resentment for Vince since that happened. So these comments come as no surprise,even though Vince was as immature as one can be. Bottom line,the kid gives them the best chance to win, warts and all. Maybe Mr Adams might let Fisher go.

    By Ray G. on Dec 10, 2010

  5. Fisher needs a new team…TN has run its course. He could make Denver or Cincy a better team just by showing up.

    By hb on Dec 10, 2010

  6. You just lost 5 (now 6) games in a row and you’re talking about Vince Young and not your team’s poor offensive play since you exiled him. If anything, we need MORE players who don’t tolerate or accept losing. Ohhhh snap maybe the reason Coach Fisher’s talking for the guys in the locker room is because they have been gagged and not allowed to speak for themselves. So the only area they can voice their displeasure is in their play. Truth is, they gave up on Fisher when he gave up on Young. (I have not seen or been able to find ANY player commenting on Vince Young after that weekend.) Doesn’t mean it’s not out there. You find it if you can. You know the national media is digging for anybody willing to say something and all they can get is Fisher? Sounds like somebody trying to save his own hide and win this battle with VY over winning games.

    Fisher’s done in this town. We can’t keep giving this guy a pass. The game has passed him by. He doesn’t know how to deal with today’s players. His own immaturity has been exposed in how he’s handled Vince through the media. The players actually don’t like Fisher but don’t buck him just because he usually survives these conflicts and will rip you up in the media and put you in the doghouse for extended periods of time. He is a master at media manipulation. One of the best. Media perception influences General Managers, Coaches, Owners and fans. All of that translates to dollars made or not made in player value in negotiations and endorsements.

    The Titans in this year dumped almost all of their locker room leadership. Keith Bullock, Kevin Mawae, Kyle VandenBosch. Is the locker room better without them? The problem is deeper than VY. Fisher’s time is up. For this team to move forward, it’s Fisher, not Young who needs to go.

    By Jay Bee on Dec 10, 2010

  7. J-BEE YOU JUST GAVE THE ANSERW TO AL THE PROBLEMS.WHERE HAVE THESE GUYS GONE TO.DID THEY LEAVE BECAUSE THEY WERE ORDERDD TO.NO THEY CHASED THE MONEY THEY WERE OFFERED FOR BEING BETTER PLAYERS WHICH THEY NEED TO THANK JEFF FISHER FOR.JEFF FISHER IS DOING WONDERS WITH WHAT HE HAS TO WORK WITH YEAR TO YEAR!!

    By MAC on Dec 10, 2010

  8. Never heard of a job where you can cuss out your boss, throw temper tantrums, throw things at your customers, be a general cancer to morale, and still keep your job. That’s not the guy you want leading your team.

    The NFL is for the best of the best. Not just those with elite skills, but also those who have a mental toughness and high degree of professionalism and work ethic. Vince Young has displayed very little of that.

    By Jeanie on Dec 10, 2010

  9. People talk about VY’s 30-17 record. But who was his coach for those wins? Fisher. You can’t give the wins to one and deny them to the other.

    By Jeanie on Dec 10, 2010

  10. I’m sorry. Tell that to Phil Simms who often went ballistic on his coach and was never labeled a malcontent. All I’m suggesting is that Fisher is no longer steering the ship. He thinks he is. I’m not asking for anyone to agree with me. The argument in TN now is that if he gets fired he’ll have a job in 10 minutes to which I say, “Great! Now he’s somebody else’s problem.”

    By Jay Bee on Dec 10, 2010

  11. i think fisher is a bomb. vy makes u lok like a superbowl champ. fisher have a problem with a black man being a starting quarterback.

    By pfunk on Dec 10, 2010

  12. Fisher is a great coach and Vince Young is a proven winner and as good as he is he will only get better. We really don’t know exactly what happen in the locker room but it really piss Fisher off. I would hope that time will heal this relationship. This was their year to shine and they cannot win consistently without Vince Young. BUD is not crazy nor does he have his head in the sand. The Titians best chance to win is with a healthy Vince Young under the guidance of Jeff Fisher.

    By Kirk on Dec 10, 2010

  13. Fisher is wield and crazy and probaly need to move on to another team but I don’t agree with your comments.

    By Kirk on Dec 10, 2010

  14. Pfunk Fisher is wield and crazy and probaly need to move on to another team but I don’t agree with your comments.

    By Kirk on Dec 10, 2010

  15. Hey pfunk, ever heard of Steve McNair?

    By david on Dec 10, 2010

  16. Jeff Fisher is one of the best coaches in the NFL. Look around at all the good players who started with him. He has a great defensive mind and is able to build great teams without the big bucks. Better keep him because other teams would swallow him up in a heartbeat!

    By Rpcky Top on Dec 11, 2010

  17. Jeff Fisher’s time has pasted as Vince Young is clearly the Titans future…

    By GiantKiller on Dec 11, 2010

  18. We have the best running back one off the best wide receivers and losing fire Jeff and Vince get Dallas old coache

    By marvin on Dec 12, 2010

  19. All I have to say is look at the Titans record when Vince starts and finishes a game. Fisher should be on his knees praying VY comes back to him. Fisher clearly doesnt like VY, look how many times Collins throws the ball opposed to VY. VY never gets plus 30 attemps, when he gets around 20 att, he’ll clear 200 yrd. Old, broke, sorry a$$ Collins gets 40 atts. I’m just saying this fuel has been going long before VY current injury. FIRE FISHER!!!

    By Go Titans on Dec 13, 2010

  20. All I have to say is look at the Titans record when Vince starts and finishes a game. Fisher should be on his knees praying VY comes back to him. Fisher clearly doesnt like VY, look how many times Collins throws the ball opposed to VY. VY never gets plus 30 attemps, when he gets around 20 att, he’ll clear 200 yrd. Old, broke, sorry a$$ Collins gets 40 atts. I’m just saying this fuel has been going long before VY current injury. FIRE FISHER!!!

    By Go Titans on Dec 13, 2010

  21. Which freshman year? The awesome debauched one at USC, or your lame no pb hanging frosh year take 2 at Indiana?

    By Branden on Dec 13, 2010

  22. I have been a titans fan since they were the Oilers and left Houston. Fisher has it out for VY and that’s not fair, look @ videos of what Vince has done for the team. So what VY had a melt down, Put him in check and give a warning. Suspending VY for a whole damn season sucks an out of line. Jeff, do you want to win or be a ass? Bud! fire Jeff he’s not doing his job, Vince wants to play finger injury or not he wants to play. VY is not one to sit back and collect a paycheck he has not earned, he wants to contribute. Sorry! VY is not a lazy ASS or you (Jeff) would complain about how lazy he is. Jeff, what’s Trump’s favorite word? wait for it…… wait for it….. YOU’RE FIRED! Bud! who’s our next Coach?????? And I am a Houston fan as well. Go Teams!!!!!!

    By Pearl Holmes on Dec 15, 2010

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