The Clash of the Titans
Almost 30 years ago, Mick Jones of The Clash famously penned the lyrics to the hit single “Should I Stay or Should I Go…”
This week, Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young was living that very thought after an apparent clash with his coach at the end of Sunday’s 19-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens!
Things started to unravel for Young after he hurt his thumb during the game, an injury that will apparently sideline him for the rest of the year. When coach Jeff Fisher wouldn’t let him back on the field, things got heated and that culminated in a confrontation between player and coach.
The Tennessean reports that Young was swearing under his breath while Fisher prepared to address the team in the dressing room, Fisher told him to be quiet and Young decided enough was enough and walked towards the door. The coach accused his QB of running out on his teammates and his QB replied “I’m not running out on my teammates, I’m running out on you,” according to sources.
Later that night, Young said he was frustrated and cleared the air about another part of the story that had him throwing “half his uniform” into the stands on his way off the field. Young says he was giving his jersey to the daughter of Titans executive VP Don MacLachlan, adding that he throws his shoes, hat and wristbands into the stands after every single game.
That was that, for Sunday at least.
On Monday there were reports that Young was asked to leave the Titans practice facility, a rumor later denied by Fisher who said he was just told that he wasn't invited to a team meeting “for obvious reasons.”
What would you do in this situation if you were Vince Young?
If you answered “text an apology to your coach,” you’re spot on! That said, if you’re hoping for a happy ending here, I would advise you not to read this quote from coach Fisher about the textpology:
“I’m not a real big text guy. I’m not really into this new-age stuff. I don’t Twitter or tweet. But I think face-to-face is a man thing, OK? Someone could have grabbed his phone…”
In a crazy-competitive venue like pro football, these types of things happen when things aren’t going well. Everyone wants to win and everyone wants to be the guy making it happen, but sometimes there are setbacks and not everyone is equipped to deal with them properly. It sounds to me like the communication wasn’t great between these two to start with, which probably only made things worse in the end.
The most interesting part about this saga is that it’s got nothing to do with the ever-controversial Randy Moss!
It might not necessarily be warming up in Minnesota, but it certainly isn’t as “Chilly” at Winter Park in Eden Prairie this week.
After a 3-7 start to the season, the Minnesota Vikings fired coach Brad Childress on Monday, promoting Leslie Frazier to fill his shoes on an interim basis. Right away, it looks like one thing you might see this weekend, if Brett Favre has his way, is a less “complicated” Vikings offence. Here’s what the 41-year-old told The Associated Press this week:
“Every playbook across this league is way too thick. You never practice it all. How can you become consistent if you’re running a different play every week out of a different formation with a different motion with different guys? You think those guys crack that book, go through all 500 pages? Come on. You could hide a couple hundred-dollar bills in there.”
He’s probably got a point, because I’m sure reading and memorizing 500 pages worth of play calls is a fairly tedious task. Then again, unless it’s a completely new playbook from the one they used last season, it doesn’t quite explain how the team went from being oh-so-close to a Super Bowl appearance to where they are now.
With just three wins so far, it’ll basically take a miracle for the Vikings to salvage anything from this season, but for Brett Favre it could be the last time he suits up in the NFL. I say could be because he’s not exactly the most dependable guy when it comes to whether or not he is retiring.
Obviously he’ll want to finish strong, playoffs or not, but if the thick playbook doesn’t get him and injuries don’t put him out, Jenn Sterger still might.
That’s right – it’s not over yet!
The NY Daily News reports that the NFL is using “electronic forensics” to track the photos Brett allegedly sent of his Favre to the former NY Jets in-game emcee. He has admitted to leaving voicemails on Sterger’s phone, but denied sending lewd photos to her.
If that isn’t bad enough, the woman’s manager is claiming that Favre’s agent has inquired about how much it would cost to make this whole thing go away.
Bus Cook says that Sterger’s camp made “numerous overtures…at least 6” to him looking for a payout though.
Will this thing ever end? It probably can’t wrap up fast enough for Favre who could, in theory, end up suspended for the final games of his last* season of professional football!
What do you think: If the league determines that it was, indeed, Brett Favre who sent those racy pictures to Jenn Sterger, should they suspend him?
*I’ll believe it when I see it!
For a guy that hasn’t won a football game since the end of September, Cincinnati Bengals receiver Terrell Owens sure does a lot of talking.
I know he’s got a weekly TV show that he co-hosts with teammate Chad Ochocinco and for people to watch it, he probably has to try and be controversial at times…but still. The Bengals are 2-8 on the season and have lost seven in a row heading into tonight’s tilt with the NY Jets – cue the trash-talk!
Owens is calling out Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, telling reporters that he is just “average,” a “one year wonder” and a “media creation.”
Revis was a big star last year, shutting down some of the league’s best players, but started this year with a lengthy contract holdout and suffered a hamstring injury early in the season. Owens tells ESPN:
“No disrespect, he’s only done one thing for one year. You talk about shutdown corners, you need to repeatedly do it, year in and year out. I think he did it one year, and everybody made a lot of hoopla about it.”
What will happen tonight?
Even if TO gets a few catches over Revis, I don’t think the Bengals have enough in the tank to upset the Jets. After all, this is a team that gave up 49 points to the 2-8 Bills!
Oakland’s Richard Seymour was fined but not suspended this week for laying out Big Ben with a shot to the mind…
What do Lil Jon and Asante Samuel have in common? They both like to Get Low…
When Ron Artest is done playing pro basketball, he says he wants to give pro football a try…
The Minnestoa Vkiings are in such shambles that they can’t even spell Kevin Willaims corektly!
Game to watch: The 8-2 Atlanta Falcons are undefeated at home so far this season, but they’ll face a stiff test when the 7-3 Green Bay Packers come to town on Sunday. The Falcons are one of three teams with eight wins so far, but the only one of those three playing a team with more than two wins this weekend (Pats vs. Lions, Jets vs. Bengals). Baltimore and Indianapolis are both also defending unbeaten streaks at home – the Ravens face the Bucs (both 7-3) while the Colts host the Chargers, who are 1-4 on the road.