Titans Coach Jeff Fisher: '05 Heisman Not Priority for Vince Young This Week
The biggest issue is the Pittsburgh Steelers, the undefeated former division rival the Titans will play Sunday, but without question the '05 Heisman remained an issue Monday.
Titans quarterback Vince Young, who as a Texas quarterback finished second in the '05 Heisman balloting to Southern California's Reggie Bush -- who gave up the award Tuesday -- spent part of his session with the media Wednesday clarifying his position on the matter.
After telling ESPN's Hannah Storm on Monday he wanted the award, Young said Wednesday that wasn't the case.
"That was a joke," Young told John Glennon of the Tennessean. "They took it in the wrong way."
Glennon wrote that Young said he would not accept the award if offered, and Titans coach Jeff Fisher also on Wednesday addressed the matter.
"It's a complicated issue," Fisher said. "There is still some uncertainty about it; nobody has really made a decision other than Reggie (Bush). I think the thing will sort itself out. I am confident that his concern is more about the Pittsburgh Steelers and the trophy we haven't gotten, rather than that one."
And Fisher said without question, facing the Steelers' defense for the first time is a far more pressing issue for Young, who had a solid game in an opening-week 38-13 victory over Oakland.
"It's not an easy deal," Fisher said of Young, the AFC's leading passer entering Week 2 having completed 13 of 17 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. "It's not easy, he's got a big week ahead of him and he's off to a good start today.
"This is a team that literally controls the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and then confuses the most experienced of quarterbacks. It was an impressive game to watch in their opener considering the fact that both teams had so much time to prepare. ... It was a very, very physical game and a well coached team."
Fisher said historically facing the Steelers' defense for the first time is tough no matter the quarterback.
"I remember the West Coast offense with Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers going into Pittsburgh and having a hard time back in Brett's early years," Fisher said. "So, it's not an easy thing. (Steelers defensive coordinator) Dick (LeBeau) is quite a coach and he's not in the Hall of Fame by mistake and they have good players that they're returning.
"(Safety) Troy's (Polamalu) back healthy and playing hard, so it's not going to be an easy thing for us."