Vince Young reverting to old ways?

Written by Chris Kolb

Topics: Tennessee Titans

When he calmly stepped back into the starting quarterback role for the Titans last season and led them to eight wins in their last ten games, Vince Young seemed to finally shake free of the critics that have hounded him since his first day in the NFL. His leadership, maturity, and on field decisions were all improved and the rest of the team followed suit.

But success often comes with temptation and Young is no different in that regard, as he’s reportedly fallen back into the bad habits that got him in trouble in the first place.

According to Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean, Young’s mindset leading up to Tennessee’s week two loss at home to Pittsburgh “lacked the seriousness it needed,” making head coach Jeff Fisher’s decision to pull Young in favor of Kerry Collins relatively easy.

Young was late or missed altogether two separate meetings earlier that week, and while that may not seem to be all that big of a deal to the casual observer,Young’s behavior earlier in his career definitely calls into question his ability to handle himself properly when he’s comfortable.

ESPN’s Paul Kuharksy put together a great piece this morning, outlining the negative issues that plagued Young in his first stint as the Titans starter and making a clear case for Tennessee to keep Young on the straight and narrow if at all possible.

Only time will tell if that approach continues to keep Young’s head in the game and away from the mental mistakes he’s made in the past, but if yesterday was any indication, the Titans should be in good shape, as Young played one of his better games in recent memory.

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