Just when you think
The news that Young was issued a Class C Citation for an assault that occurred at a Dallas strip club at 3:30 a.m. Sunday had to be infuriating for everyone emotionally invested in the Titans, from owner
Will he ever get it? What is the Titans' game plan at the most important position on the team? Let's explore:
Those minor incidents, while showing a lack of professionalism, paled in comparison to the scare Young gave his family and franchise in September 2008. After an opening game victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in which he did not play particularly well and injured his knee, Young went missing for hours and his family was so concerned for his safety that head coach
The focus after the Dallas incident has been on Young's violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy and his potential suspension. More important to me, however, is that Young does not appear to be mature enough emotionally to handle being a long-time starting quarterback in the NFL.
Can you imagine
During my time in the NFL I was friendly with a number of starting quarterbacks. All of the ones I spent time with off the field were extremely cognizant every time we were in public that their behavior was being evaluated. As such, they always had to be reserved and in control, even if their preference would have been to let loose a little bit like other twenty-somethings.
One of them would never have more than two beers in public and would always leave before midnight. He once told me you never know which person in the crowd is taking mental notes of your behavior so that they can post it to a blog or message board.
Another signal-caller often would have the offensive line and other teammates over to his house because he felt like that was an environment he could control. He could act in whatever manner he wanted without having to worry about fans or outsiders taking pictures of him with their cell phone cameras. That's why he always preferred hanging out at his house. It was the only time he didn't have to live up to the higher public standard he knew was required.
Both players knew the situation they were in and how they had to conduct themselves. With this latest incident, Young has proven once again that he doesn't. To his credit, he did own up to it and admit his mistake when facing the media music Monday. That was the first step in what could now be a long road toward restoring the confidence of his franchise and fan base.
Young was thrust back into the starting lineup last season in Tennessee after the team got off to an 0-6 start under veteran
Question number one is whether Young is the right man to lead the franchise for years to come. He has already been paid a $4.25 million roster bonus this season and is due to receive $7.5 million in base salary this season. In 2011 he has another $4.25 million roster bonus while his salary goes to $8.5 million. Once thought to be in line for a contract extension, Young knows his latest transgression could delay such talks.
The bigger question, however, may be whether Fisher wants to tie his fate to a player with the emotional immaturity of Young. He may not have a choice, given the owner's affinity for Young. His hands may be tied.
But should they be? And should he stand for that? Fisher is one of the top head coaches in the NFL, and as such you would think he should have the power to decide who leads his football team under center. Clearly, based on last season, the decision is not Fisher's to make. That being the case, maybe at some point he should make the decision he can make and leave the Titans.