When the Tennessee Titans re-signed quarterback Kerry Collins to a two-year, $15 million contract last week, they effectively announced that they had no faith in Vince Young's ability to be a starter. Teams just don't sign 36-year-old quarterbacks to eight-figure contracts when they used the third pick in the draft on a quarterback three years earlier -- unless they think that draft pick was a mistake.
But while the Titans were sending a loud message about how they view Young, that's not the message Young heard. Young isn't talking to the media, but Young's agent, Major Adams, says that Young is getting himself ready to beat out Collins and be the Titans' starter:
That's both utterly unrealistic and exactly the right attitude. There really is nothing Young can do, short of pulling a Jeff Gillooly on Collins, to earn the starting job in 2009. But preparing like he's going to start is the only way to conduct himself like a professional. Even though it's not going to happen.
"That decision has no bearing on Vince's thinking,'' Adams said Wednesday. "He is just trying to get himself together, not worrying about what they are doing with Kerry. That doesn't matter to him.
"Vince is not upset. He is not asking for a trade or anything. He loves the organization, loves (Titans owner) Bud Adams, and he wants to be in Tennessee. But he still wants to play, and is approaching this offseason like he's going to. ...
"Vince wants to be the starter. He has started all his life, so he wants to start. And he is preparing like he is going to start."