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Titans' Young is the real deal, and then some

>Question: Don't you think you give Vince Young too much credit? After all, he was going against the Bills' bad run defense. -- Phil Charlton, Philadelphia

Answer: In 1974, a writer for Rolling Stone Magazine named Jon Landau went to a rock concert and wrote: "I saw rock and roll's future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen." That's what I was thinking about when I walked out of Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. I saw the NFL's future, and its name is Vince Young.

I felt like I just watched Michael Jordan as a rookie with the Chicago Bulls.

Obviously, Young is not polished. Obviously he has a long way to go. Still, I was awed by the way he played that game. Forget Michael Vick. Comparing Young to Vick is apples and oranges. Young is a passer first, a runner second. He made tight throws in the wind against the Bills. It would have been even better if his receivers didn't have the drops (granted, it's hard to catch the ball in the wind, too).

Young by himself is worth the price of admission. He's worth the price of satellite TV in order to watch all the Titans games. I can't gush enough.


>Q: How is it determined who gets the wind with them in the fourth quarter? Sunday we won the initial coin toss and elected to receive. The Titans made us go into the wind. At the start of the second half they elected to receive. Why didn't we go against the wind and make them go against the wind in the fourth quarter?

The second issue people aren't mentioning is if you know you are out of range at the end of the game by only 3 to 5 yards, why not run the ball on third down instead of a wild pass way down field against the wind? -- Rob Evans

A: To start the second half, the Titans had a choice: a) kick or receive; or b) defend one of the two goals. The Titans chose to receive. So the Bills chose to defend the northwest goal and play with the wind in the third quarter.

"Take the wind when you can get it," coach Dick Jauron said.

We could debate this all day, but I have no problem with it. If you're going to kick off into the wind to the Titans' dangerous return man, Pacman Jones, you're likely giving them a great start to the third quarter. Try to put them in a hole, get the lead, and then figure out a way to work the clock and keep the lead in the fourth quarter. This is what happened. The Bills outscored the Titans, 10-0, in the third quarter. If they had a playoff-caliber run defense, the decision would have worked perfectly.

As for the third-and-5 call, I agree completely. That was two-down territory. There was no way they could kick a 45-yard field goal. They had two downs to get 5 yards, and plenty of time to do it. Even a 3-yard gain on third and 5 would have been a big plus.


>Q: Do you think any of the potential wild-card teams can pull off what Pittsburgh did last year and get to the Super Bowl or win it? -- Adrian Jones, Pittsburgh

A: No.


>Q: Sorry, I just don't buy Ralph Wilson's and everyone else's assertion that Western New York is a poor area. Have you taken a drive out to Clarence and Lancaster lately? Those aren't Hootervilles. -- John Kroll, Johnson City, Tenn.

A: No. But when it comes to competing with big-market teams for revenue, it's more about selling $200,000 luxury boxes and $5 million sponsorships. Buffalo does not have any Fortune 500 companies.

This is the final Question Mark of the season.

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