Kerry Collins' Experience vs. Steelers Contributed to Benching of Vince Young
That was the stance of Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher on Monday, a day after he pulled Young -- in his second season of his second stint as the TItans' starting quarterback -- out of a 19-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half.
Young, a fifth-year veterean who drew praise from Fisher and teammates throughout the preseason for developing as a player and maturing as a leader, will start on Sunday against the New York Giants, according to Fisher.
Fisher said as much Sunday in the immediate aftermath of the Steelers game. He reiterated that stance Monday.
"There is no carryover," Fisher said Monday, a day after the Titans slipped to second place in the AFC South, one game behind division-leading Houston.
"He (Young) is our starter this week and beyond. He doesn't need to look over his shoulder."
Young, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, started much of the 2006 and 2007 seasons, then spent much of 2008 as a backup to Kerry Collins. He regained the starting job last season after Tennessee's 0-6 start, and led the Titans to a 6-2 record. He also has a 27-14 record as a starter.
Fisher said his decision to pull Young Sunday had more to do with Collins' experience against Pittsburgh's complex defense than Young's 7-of-10, 66-yard, two-interception performance.
"We needed to throw it to catch up and win," Fisher said. "Kerry has had a lot more experience with this defense. In time, Vince will be able to do those things. It was kind of a one-time thing; it's an issue we've put behind us."
Fisher said he doubted the situation would come up again.
"First, I'm not one to deal with hypotheticals," Fisher said. "Secondly, I don't see that happening again. If it does, I'll make the appropriate decision at that time. But Vince is our starter, I said that yesterday: he's our starter. I said yesterday he's starting next week, and that doesn't mean he is starting just this week, he's our starting quarterback. We've moved on."