EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. _ One week after being benched, Vince Young was back to being an efficient game manager for the Tennessee Titans offense.
Young threw just four passes in the entire first half and was 10 of 16 for 118 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 29-10 victory over the New York Giants. He did not complete a pass of more than 17 yards, but most importantly, he presided over a Titans offense that did not turn the ball over once Sunday, after giving it away seven times the week before in a loss to Pittsburgh.
“I feel like our team knows how to put something in the past and get ready for the next game, and that's what we did,” Young said. “I wanted to show those guys that I put that in the past and got myself prepared to play so I could lead them to victory.”
In the week leading up to the Steelers game, Young had been excused from a Wednesday meeting, but according to league sources, arrived back later than he was supposed to at Baptist Sports Park. Young also missed another meeting Friday morning in preparation for that game.
This week, however, Young had what had been termed by Coach Jeff Fisher "a good week of practice," and after Sunday's win, his teammates praised him for bouncing back from a poor performance and being pulled from the lineup last week.
“If he has one bad , he has three or four good ones,” tight end Bo Scaife said. “We need him to lead this offense each and every week. They want to raise this question about this, raise this question about that. He knows what comes with being a quarterback, and that's just part of the game to him.”
Added running back Chris Johnson, "I like the way Vince rebounded. He didn't come in pouting or with his head down or mad at the coaches. he just came in with a business face and worked on his game."
Young's play and preparation also drew praise from Coach Jeff Fisher as well.
“It was a difficult week for our quarterback, but he's a real pro. He prepared. He bounced right back and played very well today,” Fisher said of Young, who is now 28-14 in his NFL career as a starting quarterback.