He lost his starting job to Kerry Collins, police tried to track him down after team officials thought he was in danger of commiting suicide, he's been called a "soft baby," and his desire to play football has been questioned. But while Young may have lost some of the respect of his teammates, Titans owner Bud Adams is still a VY believer, as he told the Tennessean.
"He is a young guy and he is learning. He is still growing up,'' Adams said Tuesday during a visit in his penthouse office. "Vince is under contract for three more years, so he is not going anywhere. I just think he is going through a lot of different things right now. In his first year he went to the Pro Bowl, then took us into the playoffs the next year. And then at the start of this season he got booed and was injured, and it was just too much to take. But he has gotten over that and we've talked. I think he's doing a great job working as the No. 2 guy behind Kerry, but he'll get another chance.''
It's hard to believe what Adams saying is likely to happen. After leading the Titans to the best record in the NFL, it makes sense that the Titans would give Collins a new contract and the starting job for 2009 barring a complete collapse over the next couple of weeks. And if that's true, it's hard to imagine Young being happy to sit on the bench, when someone, somewhere would be likely to give him a chance at the starting job.
Maybe Adams is right. Maybe the Titans and Young will have a patience that most NFL teams and players don't have. But it's hard to believe it.