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Vince Young

Vince Young has returned to practice, although, he’s been relegated to the second string quarterback; perhaps even the third. After all the hubbub Young has been through, the question is, will he be satisfied being the back-up to Kerry Collins or will he work to improve his position with the team?

Collins has indicated he’d prefer being a starting quarterback after this season, and considering the way he’s played for the Titans, he should have every right to at least compete for the position, which brings us back to Young. Perhaps sitting the bench for a couple of season — ala Steve McNair — wouldn’t be such a bad thing. He’d be able to watch and learn from Collins and if he took that part of his career seriously, he’d be a much smarter quarterback when he returned to the field.

Provided he’s willing to put in that kind of work.

Considering he’s always been the best athlete on the field and his boorish reactions when things don’t go his way, one wonders if Young can handle not being the man for a couple of seasons. Although, considering his recent reactions, releasing some of the inherent pressures of expectations wouldn’t be such a bad thing for Young. However, is Young even going to be apart of Tennessee’s immediate future, especially if Collins keeps playing like this?

Some, apparently, don’t want him to be — at least right now.

That won’t cut it, and the Titans should understand by now. The team is built around an effective running game, an accurate kicker and an aggressive, physical, ballhawking defense. The Titans lead the league in takeaways and haven’t had an opponent score more than 17 points in any of their last eight games.

So they don’t need a Peyton Manning at quarterback. But they can’t afford a Vince Young, either, not if he’s going to continue to commit silly mistakes.

That’s not the most ringing endorsement I’ve ever heard, not for a player who had ideas of being a franchise quarterback. Couple these concerns with questions about his emotional stability and it’s obvious Young doesn’t need to be near the field right now. The Titans are getting in position to make a whole lot of noise this season and the last thing they need is an emotionally unstable quarterback who is prone to mistakes leading them.

But what happens next season? If Collins continues to do his Trent Dilfer/Baltimore Ravens impression, it’s going to be really, really hard to replace him with a quarterback who has all these uncertainties surrounding him.