Titans scapegoat Chow

The Jets could learn a valuable lesson from the Tennessee Titans firing of offensive coordinator Norm Chow.

The lesson is that a team's brass needs to be 100 percent honest with themselves about the talent of their quarterback.

The Titans are delusional.

They threw Chow under the bus on Tuesday likely because their franchise quarterback, Vince Young, had a horrible season.

But that is Young's fault, not Chow's. Young threw just nine touchdown passes in 2007. He showed terrible pocket presence and not much skill in reading defenses.

And these problems should all fall at the doorstep of the former UT star.

"He's got to be committed to becoming an NFL quarterback," said Titans center Kevin Mawae. "What I mean by that is, it's not enough to be an athlete running around anymore. He's got to become a student of the game, be able to know our game plan inside and out. So if things don't go the way he thinks they go, he has the ability to go in there [to the coaches] and say, 'Hey, we should run this,' or 'I'm going to call this play.'"

So for the Titans to axe the highly-capable Chow is ridiculous.

But the Titans refuse to come to grips with Young's limitations.

So where do the Jets fit into this?

The Jets have a young QB in Kellen Clemens who also had issues with pocket presence and reading defenses in 2007.

The Jets brass needs to study the film to the nth degree and figure out whether these are inherent problems for Clemens, or a byproduct of youth.

And they need to be honest with themselves.

Don't think by firing coaches or adding more talent, Clemens is going to improve his weaknesses.

He could, but it's not a given.

Don't fall into the trap of the Tennessee Titans.

Honesty is the best policy.

Teams can waste a lot of time attempting to will a quarterback into something he's not.

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