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Vince Young to Leave Titans, Coach Jeff Fisher Faces Scrutiny

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Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Quarterback Vince Young’s career with the Tennessee Titans is over after five seasons. Jeff Fisher’s 17-year reign as coach is under scrutiny.

The Titans yesterday told the 27-year-old Young that he won’t return for the 2011 National Football League campaign. Fisher said Nov. 23 that Young would have lost his place as starter even if he had not been placed on season-ending injured reserve two days earlier because of a torn flexor tendon in his right throwing hand that required surgery.

Young threw his shoulder pads and jersey into the stands while leaving the field after a 19-16 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins on Nov. 21 in Nashville and had a verbal confrontation with Fisher in the locker room, the Tennessean newspaper said at the time.

“It’s best for the franchise that we move on,” Titans owner Bud Adams said yesterday in a statement on the team’s website. “I certainly wish that things would have worked out better.”

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Young has been with the Titans since he was chosen as the third overall pick in the 2006 draft. In 54 games in the NFL, he’s completed 689 of 1,190 pass attempts for 8,098 yards and 42 touchdowns.

Young’s contract can’t be terminated before Feb. 7, when waivers begin, and he can’t be traded until March 4, Titans General Manager Mike Reinfeldt said in the team’s statement.

“Until then, Vince is welcome to rehab his injury either here at our facility or elsewhere,” Reinfeldt said.

The Titans had a 5-6 record when rookie quarterback Rusty Smith started a 20-0 loss to the Houston Texans on Nov. 28. Fisher turned to 38-year-old Kerry Collins for the remainder of the season after he recovered from a calf injury. Tennessee lost four of its last five games.

Adams also said he’s “continuing the evaluation of the coaching staff and I am hoping to make a decision soon.”

Fisher has a 142-120 record with the franchise. He spent three years as head coach of the Houston Oilers beginning in 1994, then moved with the team to Tennessee in 1997. The 52-year-old Fisher began his NFL coaching career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1986.

The Titans haven’t won a playoff game since 2003 and last made the postseason in 2008. Fisher guided the team to the Super Bowl after the 1999 season, when the Titans lost 23-16 to the St. Louis Rams.

To contact the reporter on this story: Dex McLuskey in Dallas at dmcluskey@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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