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V. Young, Titans Have Late-Night Meeting

Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher reportedly had a late-night meeting with quarterback Vince Young prompted by concerns about Young's mental state.

The meeting was first reported by a Nashville television station.

The Titans have issued a written statement.

It says:

"Last night, we received a call from people that are closest to Vince informing us that he had left his house in a state of mind that had them concerned; and that he was unreachable, having left his cell phone at the house. Not having all the facts available to us and approaching the matter prudently, we contacted Metro Police to make them aware of the situation and asked for their assistance in locating Vince. He was located at a friend's house, where we made contact with him. He then came to the practice facility where it was determined that those initial concerns by his friends and family were unfounded and he returned home without incident."

Fisher and Young met at the Titans' headquarters, along with police officers, around 12:30 a.m. today, WKRN-TV in Nashville reported. Fisher said after the meeting that the entire situation had been a "misunderstanding," the station reported.

Young reportedly had left his home around 7:30 p.m. Monday. The station reported that Young had seemed "emotionally down" and didn't take along his cell phone. Titans officials alerted the police to look for Young's vehicle, according to the report.

A police spokesman told the Tennessean that Young had a handgun in the glove compartment of his vehicle. But the gun was not loaded and police did not suspect that Young might harm himself, the newspaper reported.

"The fact the gun was in the glove compartment and was unloaded did not present an issue for the officers," the police spokesman, Don Aaron, told the Tennessean. "There was no ammunition in the car. The gun was unloaded. The slide was back in a safe position, and it was in the glove box."

Fisher contacted police after being contacted by one of Young's friends, according to the newspaper.

Aaron also told the paper: "In a major city police department we have calls like this all the time about people who fear for their loved ones and want the police department to find them and check on their welfare, the difference here being Vince Young's notoriety.

"When the police department gets such calls you have to take them seriously. Every person is different and you never know how these issues will ultimately turn out. The concerns of last night appear to be unfounded."

Young was given permission to go home on his own after the meeting with Fisher and police officers, the paper reported.

The Titans reportedly had postponed an MRI exam of Young's injured left knee Monday. The exam was rescheduled for today. Young hurt the knee during Sunday's season opener. There is speculation that he suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament and will be sidelined for 2-4 weeks.

There also was an unusual incident during the game Sunday in which Young reportedly seemed on the verge of removing himself from the Titans' lineup. He didn't, and his injury occurred later in the victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Young was being booed by the home crowd after throwing an interception. He threw his helmet and sat on the bench with a towel over his head, and didn't immediately rejoin the offense on the field when the Titans got the ball back. Backup Kerry Collins began to warm up but Young reentered the game after a brief conversation with Fisher on the sideline.

Collins replaced Young after the injury and now becomes the Titans' starter.

By Mark Maske  |  September 9, 2008; 12:11 PM ET  | Category:  Titans Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Vince has had the world on his shoulders ever since he made the first start. I have lived in Texas my whole life, and have been a huge Texas fan. I started watching the recruit in high school and the number one thing he has is his confidence in crucial times. Right now for whatever reason he is down and depressed. Vince find the fire and you are untouchable! I love watching you and I can understand the scrutny you go through. Go to church, hug your moma, watch old highlights, get healthy and go blow em up! He will not be able to do it without the support on his new city. If here were here in Houston he would never have been booed. Go UT Football, Go VY! Titans fans shame on you! Remember this is a 24 year old kid! Could you have handled the downs at that age if you have never experienced them. He has now and will get pissed! Remember what happened in OT down here! This is what this kid needed. No one can stop him, but him! Oh stop trying to act like a superstar and be one. It has never hurt anyone to be brought back to Earth every once in a while. Be the calm and collected VY! Not what you have become up there! Good luck! Make it rain on them haters! I will be smiling and yelling at the tv the whole time!

Posted by: JD | September 10, 2008 7:45 PM

I heard about what happened and you all need to grow the heck up. Unfortunatly, football fans are harsh enough.

How would you like it if you were booed at work for not performing well? Or cussed out by your co-workers and them telling you that you suck?

Not a pretty site is it?

Leave Vince Young alone and let him work through whatever personal problems he needs to deal with. I believe he will overcome this.

As for the injury, that is depressing enough as for he is unable to do what he loves the best-PLAY FOOTBALL!

Once the injury has healed, I believe that he will be better than ever!

Good luck!

Maureen in Arizona

Posted by: Maureen-AZ | September 9, 2008 9:35 PM

let vick tack his place hell yeah

Posted by: spawlz | September 9, 2008 9:17 PM

I watched the game, (they played & defeated my JAGUARS!!)and I noticed that VY was not himself. I love Vince Young, me and my fiancee' followed him in his college career. He is not immune to having ups and downs like the rest of us. It's bad enough that he is out for a few weeks, that's a lot of stress on that man.

Posted by: DUVALDIVA | September 9, 2008 8:23 PM

what a spoiled baby. get him a binky. he should grow up and act like a man.

Posted by: ioutrun911 | September 9, 2008 8:13 PM


As a Houstonian and Texas Ex, I still regret that the Houston Texans didn't draft you. You are so fine!!!

Take sometime off and mend you knee, be selfish enough to heal what ails you.

We all get work fatigue from time to time.

God's Speed to you!


Posted by: Spicer6374 | September 9, 2008 7:45 PM

Go ahead kill your self.. MO money for my company...Funeral Homes!

Posted by: MOmoney | September 9, 2008 7:34 PM

I guess you could call this KARMA!

Last year when Donovan McNabb complained about how he was treated by the media and how other quarterbacks were treated, Young played dumb and said it didn't apply to him. Now that his PUNK ASS is being booed at home and "oft-injured" is being placed before his name, his "mental state" is shaky!! He's a CANDY ASS, PERIOD!!!!

P.S. If you or I road around with a gun in our glove compartments and the police found out about it, would we be walking around less than 24 hours later???? I DOUBT IT!

Posted by: Kobesasnitch | September 9, 2008 7:33 PM

VY is a great guy! My wife,son, and I were at a Titans training camp, we watched all the players practice for about half the day and afterwards a huge crowd gathered on one side of the training facilty for the players to sign autographs! Well to say the least with my young son I didn't want to get in the cluster so my family and I stayed on the complete opposite side of everything all by ourselves to just watch the players leave! Well the players broke their final huddle and several players went over to the crowd, Vince was running off the field when he looked our direction, all at once he just turned and ran towards us! He came over signed my jersey and a football for my son! He was very friendly to my family and went out of his way to do that for us on a day he wasn't even slated to sign autographs! I will always be a VY fan! My family will always support Vince! So Titans fans give him some time and your support!

Posted by: Tracey | September 9, 2008 7:19 PM

first of all vince young is not a loser? how many games has he won? compared to how many he has lost? we all saw him in high school and college (if not watch youtube), vince will find his stride in the nfl sooner or later, vince needs to keep his head up and realize A LOT of people love to watch him play when he throws the ball and when he runs the ball.. i really don't care about his stats as long as we win games and thats what VY does. we need to see the energy he had his rookie season against the texans in OT.. we all saw he can do it
go titans

Posted by: jc | September 9, 2008 7:06 PM

The biggest concern is that Gisele will have to be on top now.

Posted by: Friday Knight | September 9, 2008 6:50 PM

The biggest concern is that Gisele will have to be on top now.

Posted by: Friday Knight | September 9, 2008 6:49 PM

I wouldn't take this situation too lightly. I believe it was just a little while agot that Vince said he contemplated retirement from the NFL because of personal reasons. Who knows what those reasons were besides him and his family. He's been struggling throughout preseason and the first game obviously wasn't any better. What if he doesn't have what it takes mentally. We may have seen the last of VY in the NFL.

Posted by: cowboys | September 9, 2008 6:39 PM

He's with me...

Posted by: Chandra Levy | September 9, 2008 6:12 PM

to all the vince young haters. you all are just people that are nothing but haters and jelous of him. you guys are acting stupid. when you haters are down and out how would you guys like it if you had people you believed in kick you when your down.all you haters need to grow up. all of you wish you could be vince but you'll never amount to anything. VINCE YOUNG keep your head up. there is still real fans out here who are with all the way. Hook em Horns.

Posted by: devildog | September 9, 2008 5:47 PM

did his depends spring a leak?

Posted by: junior | September 9, 2008 5:41 PM

@Manny in SD

If Vince has depression or something similar, your comments are nothing short and making fun of one that is crippled. Grow up and stop using the internet for getting out your own personal injection of classless.

Posted by: Az | September 9, 2008 5:38 PM

I believe Vince Young is suffering from depression and that is no joke.

Posted by: Seth | September 9, 2008 5:32 PM

I think everybody's overreacting. A grown man leaves his cell phone at home and people freak out about his mental state. If you had 50,000 people booing you live and another 100,00+ watching from home, you might want some alone time with a friend where you can't be reached by agents, coaches, family, etc. Give the man a break and the TD passes will come.

Posted by: IVSPORT | September 9, 2008 5:24 PM

LMAO!!!! what a lil F'n Baby!!!! this guys is a joke and will never be capable of being a half decent QB!!!.... what a bust....I dont feel sorry for this loser, I feel sorry for tenessee

Posted by: Manny in SD | September 9, 2008 5:22 PM

I LOVE YOU VY!!!!! Sorry about the booing but your still loved down here in Ga.

Posted by: Kim | September 9, 2008 5:21 PM

Hey Vince,

Keep ur head up. The fact that loved ones noticed ur depression and felt concerned to call authorities should be greater than any TD u might have thrown.

Some more advice: All Bad Passers can throw a bomb once in a while. E.g Rex. Look at Matt Ryan. He might be a good QB but on his first pass he airs it out and gets a TD. 50% Fluke 50% element of surprise. So incorporate that in ur playbook and catch defenses on surprise. Remember, do not overthrow.

Keep ya head up kid.

Posted by: Bobby | September 9, 2008 5:13 PM

Vince Young was inserted way to early into the Titan's offense, letting him acclimate into the system would of been certainly a much better option. While the excitment of having a player of his caliber brought ticket sales to a new level the pressure for him to go from college level football to the professional level never endeared him to fully grasp all the fundementals and thus he may be lost due to his own lack of confidence and Coach Fisher's system. No it is too late for that and only time will tell as he heals from his injuries, and works out with the first team offense again he will know and then we will know what is in store for VY!

Posted by: Sideswiped | September 9, 2008 5:12 PM

Can you say "over-reaction" ? He had a terrible game and a possible MCL injury. He went to a friend's house without his phone. The Tennessee media is going nuts.
Leave the man alone!

VY does need to GROW UP,get his confidence back & learn that everyone is not going to love him during a bad game. Hopefully,his brain will catch up with his athletic ability really soon.

Posted by: missK | September 9, 2008 5:10 PM

Hopefully this kid can bounce back from whatever is ailing him.

He went from being a city's (Austin) hero to a city's (Nashville) question mark in a matter of 3 seasons.

I still think he can have a successful career if he wants it, but the jury is still out.

Posted by: JT in Texas | September 9, 2008 5:01 PM

This is quite possibly the first time that Young has been booed in his entire athletic career.

His expectations for himself, and the media hype that followed his college career, has not been attained and I am certain that has him frustrated.

Given enough time he will mature past these emotional swings and can be a productive player in the NFL. However, in my personal subjective opinion, he will never be the quarterback that he is expected to be by the frenzied media who will continue to trash him.

Posted by: dharper | September 9, 2008 4:55 PM

where there is smoke..

Collin's is the starter now since VY is injured, an MRI schedule and lets all wait for the outcome. Secondly, this is a harsh game, you either perform or you sit down. Sometimes it takes a setback of this magnitude to find your heart and what you really want to do.
I suggest all just relax and let the media frenzy and wild speculation end before judgement is passed. And no, this is not another Ryan Leaf story.

Posted by: Gary | September 9, 2008 4:47 PM

Vince is done!

Posted by: Kerry | September 9, 2008 4:40 PM


Posted by: NINER | September 9, 2008 4:34 PM

It seems the gentleman was feeling a little down because he had a bad day at the office, and decided to go to a friend's house. Big deal.

Posted by: Doctor Jung | September 9, 2008 12:40 PM

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