Report: Adams wants Young to start

Updated: October 27, 2009, 10:35 PM ET
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Coach Jeff Fisher has stayed away from a quarterback controversy through the Tennessee Titans' dreadful start.

Now, team owner Bud Adams reportedly has inserted himself into the scenario.

Adams informed Fisher that he would like to see Vince Young start this weekend against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to The (Nashville) Tennessean.

Adams apparently told Fisher his preference after the Titans' 59-0 demolition last week at the hands of the New England Patriots, according to the report.

But during the Titans' bye week, Adams was more insistent about starting Young, The Tennessean reported.

"I have been wanting [Fisher] to play Vince Young more because [Kerry] Collins has been having his problems out there," Adams told The Tennessean last week. "I just think we need to find out how well [Young] can do.

"If you don't play the guy and lose all your games, it is hard for you to see what he can do for you. Vince has won a lot of games for us.''

On Monday, Fisher declined to say whether Young or Collins would start against the Jaguars, citing "competitive reasons."

"Both quarterbacks had a good week, but [Collins] had an especially good week last week," Fisher said. "I'm not going to go into details about the lineup changes. Those are competitive issues."

In an interview on WKRN-TV Tuesday night, Fisher said that the quarterback decision would "be revealed over the next couple of days."

He denied any tension with Adams.

"We talk. We've been communicating through the whole process, and we don't have any issues," he said. "Despite what you hear, despite what you read, the decisions we make are collective decisions."

The Titans practiced Tuesday and had their first team meetings since returning from their bye.

The Titans (0-6) are one of three remaining winless teams in the league -- St. Louis and Tampa Bay are both 0-7. Fisher does want to shake up things for a team that has lost eight straight games dating to last season, after Tennessee sprinted to a 10-0 start en route to the NFL's best mark at 13-3.

"We've had a week to do some different things. And especially considering the circumstances we're in right now with the record, there's things that you need to do differently," Fisher said. "Let's just say I'm not going to be as specific and [will be] open-ended from a competitive standpoint."

Collins has completed 108 of 197 passes with five touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. His receivers also have dropped a number of passes, stalling drives and contributing mightily to all of the losses.

"It's really no different than what we've been saying since Week 1. We have to improve around him. We have to get open. We have to make the tight catch," Fisher said of the team around Collins. "We have to run after the catch. We have to make more plays. He's putting the ball where he needs to put it for the most part, and we just need to help him."

The Titans have been down this path before, as Young replaced Collins during a winless start in 2006. Young went on to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, helping Tennessee finish 8-8 after an 0-5 start.

Collins was signed just before the '06 season. He went 12-3 as the starter in 2008 and signed a two-year, $14 million deal this offseason to return.

Since injuring his knee in last year's season opener, accompanied by a bizarre incident a day later in which police were called to search for him, Young has not had any meaningful playing time for the Titans. His only appearances this season came late in the last two blowout losses.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.