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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

Writes the NFL News Feed blog

Collins Right For Now


It didn't seem like it at the time but, clearly, the knee injury that Vince Young suffered in the Titans' opening game is what enabled them to become the likely top seed in the AFC playoff field.

Kerry Collins has been the perfect quarterback for them. He has stood to the side, mostly, and allowed the running game and defense to pile up victories. When he's been needed to put up some big numbers in the passing game or contribute at a key moment, he's done it. He is a steadying, veteran influence.

The questions now are: Will that be good enough in the playoffs? And what should the Titans do going forward?

The guess here is that it won't be quite good enough to get the Titans to the Super Bowl. Among the AFC's top contenders, the Steelers have a more balanced team when Ben Roethlisberger and Willie Parker are in the lineup and playing the way they can play. The Colts are the hottest team of the group. The Ravens are dangerous as well. The Titans certainly are capable of winning the conference, but their lack of an imposing offense makes them a vulnerable No. 1 seed.

Going forward, the Titans seem to like Chris Simms as a young quarterback. It shouldn't be shocking to anyone if Young ends up somewhere else at some point. But the guess here is that he stays in Tennessee for now. The Titans were a winning team with him in the lineup in the past, and the chance that he's had this season to get out of the spotlight potentially could help him. It's not time for the Titans to give up on Young as a player, at least not yet.

By Mark Maske  |  December 9, 2008; 4:29 PM ET  | Category:  Tennessee Titans Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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