It’s that time of year again, folks!
Over the course of the next several weeks, the staff at Total Titans will take a look at how the Tennessee Titans stack up at each position as we continue upon the seemingly endless trail of the NFL offseason.
Let’s begin our annual offseason positional analyses by examining the state of affairs at the quarterback position.
Vince Young’s Phoenix-like rise from the bench to the playing field was perhaps one of the team’s biggest stories in 2009. Playing with maturity and a level of poise that was previously missing, VY stepped up and helped lead the Titans to an 8-2 finish in ’09.
Moving forward towards 2010, Jeff Fisher has already let the proverbial cat out of the bag by announcing that Vince will be the team’s starting signal-caller next year. Hopefully, VY will continue to improve and assert himself as the Titans’ starting QB of the present and future.
Kerry Collins: Will he stay or will he go?
Stealing a page out of the Dickens’ playbook, while it was the best of times for Vince Young, it was the worst of times for veteran QB Kerry Collins in 2009.
KC emerged as the poster child for the team’s 0-6 start as his level of productivity dropped mightily compared to his solid 2008 campaign. Numerous incompletions, unsteady play and costly turnovers defined Collins’ season as he failed to carry the momentum of his successful ’08 performance into 2009.
With KC scheduled to make $5.5 million next year, the Titans will have an interesting decision to make in 2010. There’s a good chance that if he’s not willing to take a big pay-cut, Collins will either be holding someone else’s clipboard or retiring to his North Carolina farm next season.
If Collins isn’t back in ’10, the Titans will need someone to serve as VY’s backup. Veteran signal-callers such as Chad Pennington, Daunte Culpepper and Joey Harrington are unrestricted free agents who could emerge as options in the event of a KC departure.
As for the draft, I’d be surprised if the Titans devoted a draft pick towards the QB position. Of course, before VY’s re-emergence, there was some speculation that the team would go in that direction in pursuit of a future starting QB but thanks to Vince stepping up, that possibility can be laid to rest.
That’s it for my take on the state of affairs at the QB position. Feel free to share your thoughts/opinions in the space below.