Vince Young apologizes to Jeff Fisher
After reflecting upon the tumultuous events of Sunday's overtime loss that culminated with him walking out on the Titans, quarterback Vince Young texted coach Jeff Fisher with an apology Tuesday for his actions and words.
Fisher confirmed for reporters Wednesday that he received the text, which came a day after Young was asked to leave the Titans' facility because he was not welcome at a team meeting.
I'm not a real big text guy. I'm not really into this new-age stuff. I don't Twitter or tweet. But I think face-to-face is a man thing, OK?” -- Titans coach Jeff Fisher
on Vince Young's apology
Asked if Fisher rather would have the apology occur face-to-face, the coach said, "You guys draw that conclusion."
"I'm not a real big text guy. I'm not really into this new-age stuff," Fisher said. "I don't Twitter or tweet. But I think face-to-face is a man thing, OK?"
Asked if a text was better than no apology at all, Fisher said: "Someone could have grabbed his phone."
In the text, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Young thanked Fisher for the opportunity to play for the Titans and wished him and the team good luck for the rest of the season. Young ended the text by asking Fisher to have more faith and confidence in him moving forward, and said that they each wanted the same thing -- to win a Super Bowl.
Young needs season-ending surgery to repair a flexor tendon in his right thumb, which he injured in the third quarter of a 19-16 loss to Washington.
Things became even messier for Young and the 5-5 Titans after that.
Young, who tossed his pads into the stands while leaving the field, got into a heated exchange with Fisher and stormed out of the stadium.
Fisher confirmed that he instructed Young to leave the team's facility Monday because he was not welcome at the squad meeting that was held to discuss the quarterback's volatile standing with the team.
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"There has been speculation that he has been banned," Fisher said. "That is not correct."
Young, who has been placed on injured reserve, will be allowed to seek treatment at the team's facility for his thumb.
The team said in a statement that Young will be treated as most players who are on injured reserve, where their presence is not required.
"Yesterday, he was informed by a coach at the facility not to attend Monday's team meeting and was free to leave. The intention was to be able to talk to the team about Young's situation and how the team would move forward," the Titans said in a statement. "Players that are on injured reserve are not required to attend team meetings."
Earlier this week, Titans owner Bud Adams reportedly said he wants his quarterback and coach to "get this thing settled." It's unclear whether their relationship is irreconcilable.
"I think there will be a conversation at some point," Fisher said. "I'm not going to put a timetable on it. He's on injured reserve, and we're moving on."
In nine games this season, Young threw for 1,255 yards and 10 touchdowns, posting a career-high quarterback rating of 98.6.
Titans safety Michael Griffin said a lot of what's happened has been blown out of proportion. A college teammate of Young's at Texas, Griffin said he hadn't talked to Young but thinks the quarterback possibly went home. Young did tweet "Houston" on Tuesday.
Griffin does think Young having surgery on his right thumb and being on injured reserve probably is best for both the quarterback and Fisher. Griffin believes the relationship between the men can be fixed because what happened between them was emotional, not physical.
"That's the best thing that probably could've happened right now. Just need some time to cool off between the both of them and focus on this team," Griffin said.
Information from ESPN.com AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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