5 straight wins.
Don't look now, NFL, but the Tennessee Titans are trying to become the first team in NFL history to start the season 0-6 and make the playoffs. And, right now, I would not be surprised if they finish 10-6 and grab a wild card spot. They are in the thick of it.
And they are a different team with Vince Young at quarterback.
I've been a Vince critic in the past. I thought his rookie year was a bit of a fluke and that he was a great athlete and not a really good quarterback. And I thought his psyche was too fragile for the pressures of playing that position in the NFL. After all, he did basically get so upset when the fans booed him in the 08 opener that he tried to take himself out of the game.
And he was benched last season afterwards. And the Titans had the best record in the AFC withour him.
Sometimes, you got to go to hell before you can get to heaven.
I firmly believe that being benched has made Vince a better quarterback. Mentally. The quarterback position in the NFL is the one that depends more on brains than talent. Poise. Confidence. Attitude. 18 months ago, Vince Young did not have those mental intangibles to survive playing that position. Rumors floated that he wanted to quit even before the game he was booed in.
That has changed for Vince. And being benched helped.
So did just plain growing up.
Vince is still a very young man. Maturity is another element that makes a great quarterback. And we are seeing a much more mature Vince Young. Vince was once mentored by the late Steve McNair. Now, Vince is doing for McNair's children what McNair once did for him. Taking them under his wing. Being a mentor to them now that their father is gone.
Adversity can destroy you or make you better. McNair's death could have really been damaging to Vince. Instead, it has helped him grow up. It appears that he has a better appreciation now for what he has.
After the Titans beat Houston last week, Vince had this to say about the game. "We're having fun out there." And maybe that is what has been the biggest difference for Vince this season. He really is having fun out there.
I hope you keep having fun out there Vince. And, I haven't before but I will now. I'm actually rooting for the guy.