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Johnson: A harsh dose of reality

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tennessee quarterback Vince Young (10) was admittedly confused by the Pittsburgh defense on Sunday.
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NASHVILLE -- A week ago I wrote about the possibility of a good season for the Titans after a nice opening game win over Oakland.

One week later I've swallowed a "reality" pill.

I know it was the second week of a 16-game season but I'm already wondering if Tennessee has the "right stuff" to advance to the playoffs.

It looks as if you shut down All-Pro running back Chris Johnson you've virtually shut down the Tennessee offense.

Quarterback Vince Young and the Titan offense owe their defense a huge apology.

The offense committed seven turnovers and put the defense in tough situations time and time again in the 19-11 loss to the Steelers on Sunday at LP Field. If not for the defense, this game might have been totally out of reach by halftime.

Young looked as lost as a cat in a dog pound for three quarters until he was benched and replaced by backup quarterback Kerry Collins.

Collins didn't look much better but did manage to execute a late scoring drive.

The Titan defense was stellar, allowing only 127 yards of total offense and seven first downs.

With this turn of events, I'm sure many will think there is going to be another quarterback controversy in Music City.

"I made a decision to get a spark and go with Kerry," Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said. "Vince is still our starter. He will start next week against the Giants. There is no quarterback controversy. I just needed to make that decision. I know it was the best decision for the team."

Titans quarterback Kerry Collins gets pressured from Steelers linebacker James Farrior (51) during the fourth quarter.
(T-G Photo by Danny Parker)
Young has gone through similar situations, even though this is the first time in his professional career he was benched for poor performance.

He stood alone on the sideline for most of the fourth quarter and seemed to be disappointed with Fisher's decision.

"I'm definitely disappointed for being benched, but at the same time, he is the head coach," Young said. "Definitely put this one on me. I did make some mistakes and turned the ball over. (Pittsburgh's defense) did some things that I haven't seen before."

I've jumped on and off the Vince Young bandwagon a number of times over the past several years.

As long as Titan owner Bud Adams is signing the paychecks, I'm sure I'll be jumping on and off that bandwagon for years to come.

-- Gary Johnson is a Times-Gazette sports writer. He can be contacted at gjohnson@t-g.com.

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