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Doug Farrar

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Collins the Better Option

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As terrible as it is to say that an injury is a "blessing" to a team, I do believe that the need for Kerry Collins to replace Vince Young was a bit of fortune for the Titans. Putting all the supposed emotional stuff aside, I'm not convinced that Young is the kind of quarterback that can lead a team deep into the playoffs. He ran all that option stuff in college, and the Titans had a few pet plays for him where he could roll out and do things, but I never got the sense, as with most spread quarterbacks, that his mechanics were going to lead to consistency under center. When I was writing an essay earlier this year on the college spread offense and how players were able to transition to the pros, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films told me that he believes Young's progression -- or lack thereof -- was going to be an evaluation point in how the NFL dealt with spread quarterbacks going forward.

Safe to say, the jury's still out.

It is possible that with Chris Johnson and LenDale White in their backfield, and a great offensive line up front, that the Titans could have had the same kind of three-pronged backfield the Falcons had with Dunn, Vick, and Duckett. But in the long run, it's better to have a quarterback who can make plays and execute with reasonable consistency. The Titans' window is now, and I don't think Young was ready for it -- for a number of reasons.

By Doug Farrar  |  December 9, 2008; 11:31 AM ET  | Category:  Tennessee Titans Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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