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When will Vince Young start to act like a pro?

Weekend incident raises questions about leadership for Titans QB. Matt Bowen

Print This June 14, 2010, 06:00 AM EST

Vince Young’s involvement in an incident outside of a Dallas strip club over the weekend is an example of poor leadership. That is the best way I can describe it right now.

This isn’t an example of V.Y.’s talents or what he can do with the football for the Titans. But again, it reminds us that some players get it when it comes to acting like a pro — and some just don’t.

Very simple here. Young may be able to do things athletically that we haven’t seen from a quarterback’s perspective, but this has nothing to do with that. Instead, we are talking about leadership — or a lack thereof.

Look at it this way: do we see similar stories about Donovan McNabb, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, etc.? These are the players we think about when we discuss “franchise guys.” And that includes how they treat the game and their jobs.

We can all agree that quarterbacks in this league are held to a different standard or put onto a different stage when it comes to how we perceive them as players. You can call it unfair or judgmental, but that is life in the NFL when you become the face of the franchise.

Part of the job.

We saw it with Ben Roethlisberger. I’m not comparing incidents here by any means, but the idea, the rational and the negative press it brings to a franchise is the same — because the QB is involved. And we should expect the league office to give V.Y. a call very soon to keep that standard held high.

It is no different inside of the locker room from a player’s perspective. I can tell you that quarterbacks are looked at for one thing over everything else  —leadership. Role models of sorts.

You expect them to lead by example and you expect that guy to do whatever it takes to win games — and that includes what he does when he leaves the locker room. Can you count on a QB who puts himself in these type of situations? Not really, because it is all part of the big picture of being a quarterback. We can pretend that QBs can just turn it on come Sunday when they need a score in the fourth quarter and forget about everything else that goes into the game itself, but that only happens in fantasy land.

Instead, players in this league want to go to bed on Saturday night in the hotel knowing and believing that their QB is prepared and ready to win on Sunday.

Can Vince Young still be that guy? Of course he can, but not when he is involved in an incident like this. This shows us that he isn’t there yet and that he doesn’t understand his role on that football team in Tennessee.

He is expected to act and look and treat this job professionally at all times. Until he does, we can’t put him on the same line or in the same discussion with a McNabb or a Manning.

Those guys get it — and V.Y. obviously does not.

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