On Thursday, Tennessee head coach Mike Munchak reiterated that QB Vince Young won't be coming back to the team. Many believed that the decision to announce Young's outcast status for 2011 was the choice of then-head coach Jeff Fisher – who was fired a month after the 2010 season. Fisher and the organization were at odds when Young was initially drafted, but Munchak said the Titans stand by their decision.
In a story in Thursday's Tennessean newspaper, Munchak said that, while Fisher is gone, it hasn't changed a thing as it pertains to Young's status.
"That was a decision made months ago and nothing that is going to happen personnel-wise, or how the draft goes, is going to change that," Munchak said. "It wasn't just a Jeff Fisher decision. I think people kind of have that feeling because it happened back then, we could change our decision."
The Vikings have hinted that their need to fill the quarterback position could involve both a high draft pick and using the free-agent market to grab a veteran QB. Young would fit the latter of the equation and, given the chasm that exists between him and the Titans organization, it seems clear that he will be available, whether for a mid-round draft pick in the future or as a free agent if he is just released – another option for the Vikings to weigh as they make their draft-day decisions.
Last year, Young started eight games and completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 1,255 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Despite the Titans' comments on Young, the Vikings aren't able to talk about him since he is still under contract with another team, but the connection between the Vikings and Young is natural. Minnesota's new quarterbacks coach, Craig Johnson, is credited with helping develop Young and is said to be one of his biggest backers. Whether that translates into the Vikings pursuing Young once the labor situation is resolved remains to be seen.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.