Changes coming for Titans

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:31 AM ET

It seems like Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher and his quarterback Vince Young got the one thing they needed to resolve the dispute between the two -- time.

On Monday, Fisher announced that Young will be placed on injured reserve and have season-ending surgery on his right thumb.

Fisher and Young have had their differences over the years with the coach's main complaint being that he didn't believe his talented quarterback put in the necessary study time between games, that he lacked dedication.

Young, who is highly emotional or immature--take your pick--did not react well this Sunday when Fisher replaced him with Rusty Smith after Young injured his thumb. Young tossed his shoulder pads into the stands as he left the field for the clubhouse and after the game, Fisher announced that Young had lost his job as a starter.

"There are some things that need to change," Fisher told the media, adding that Smith would be his starter this Sunday against Houston. At 5-5 and having lost their past three games, the Titans appear to be fading in the AFC South.

With Young now needing surgery and no longer an option, it may give the coach and the quarterback time to heal their rift.

Owner Bud Adams weighed in the matter as well.

"They are going to have to work together. I haven't given up on Vince, and I am sure Fisher hasn't either," Adams told the Tennessean. "Vince was upset and said some things he regretted after doing it, but you have to get to the bottom of it, straighten it out and move on.

"It is one of those things that happened. It has happened, it is all over with and we want to get Vince back and playing again for us. These things happen. I have been at this thing for a long time, about 51 years now. I have seen a lot of things happen and I don't want to go jumping off the building over something happening one time.

"This will all go away pretty quick.''

That's the hope anyway.

The reality is that Adams may eventually have to make a choice between the two.


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