Thursday’s Morning Links:
Titans To Part Ways With Vince Young: Just a year ago at this time Vince Young was considered a Franchise quarterback and completely untouchable, now the Titans would trade him away at the drop of a hat. This season, like much of Young’s career, has been a roller coaster ride of success and immature behavior. Unfortunately for Young his actions this season were the last straw for both Coach Fisher and the Titans organization. Young has one year remaining on his contract at $12.75 million meaning he will be a pricey option in a trade route. Given the number of teams that need quarterbacks though I could see some team still making a deal for the one time star. Whether they cut him or trade him, it will be the end of a sad, weird chapter in the Titans history. This will make finding his replacement a top priority. With a good defense, a quality offensive line, a budding receiver, and one of the top 3 backs in the league the Titans just need quality quarterback play to become a contender. They could be a team in the mix for a Kevin Kolb type of trade.
Dolphins Make A Big Push For Harbaugh: This isn’t good news for current coach Tony Sparano who has yet to be fired, but the Dolphins are prepared to make Jim Harbaugh an offer he can’t refuse (except it has also been reported that Jon Gruden has refused the offer). Miami is willing to make Harbaugh the highest paid NFL coach with a salary approaching $8 million a year. The Dolphins are also attempting to gauge interest of Bill Cowher in returning to the sidelines, meaning Sparano’s days are all but numbered. Miami’s primary focus is on Harbaugh though, since getting him is now or never, as I assume he makes his coaching decision within the next few days. The Dolphins desperately want to compete with the Patriots and Jets, and I think they feel a coaching change can revitalize the fans, and the team. Similar to how Rex Ryan rejuvenated the Jets, and helped build them into a powerhouse overnight. The presence of the Patriots and Jets could give pause to a coach like Harbaugh, since he will have to compete in one of the toughest divisions (compared to going to the NFC West which would be a cake walk). But with the competition, still comes the high expectations on you (just ask Mike Shanahan how it feels to be the highest paid coach and not win football games). While the Dolphins could end up with Harbaugh, I still think the 49ers are the favorite or at worst at the same level as Miami.
What are your thoughts on these stories?