Johnson is irrelevant on Young, Newton

April, 15, 2011
4/15/11
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By saying Vince Young could return to the Titans, Chris Johnson gives volume to a concept that continues to have some life but is simply incorrect.

Johnson told Jim Wyatt that with Jeff Fisher gone, there is a chance for Young to return.

But in the end, Tennessee’s decision to part ways with Young was an organizational one, not one handed down by Fisher. In fact, when owner Bud Adams was sold on making the move, it was the team’s top executive, Steve Underwood, and its general manager, Mike Reinfeldt, who were in Houston making the case for how the quarterback should be handled and why.

It’s not like the Titans brought in an outsider who needed to evaluate Young for himself. Mike Munchak saw all five years of Young’s tenure and is completely on board with the franchise's decision.

The Titans would look like idiots to go back on their repeated proclamation that they are done with him now. And they won’t.

Johnson wants Young back. Surprise. Young’s his pal.

Johnson wants the Titans to draft Cam Newton. Surprise. Newton’s a star.

If you’re a Titans fan, you don’t want Johnson making your personnel decisions. And he knows he doesn't have a platform here, just an opinion.

"At the end of the day, no matter what I think, the coaching staff and the organization is going to make the decision," Johnson said. "They are not going to ask any of the players or have a meeting with the players and ask them what they do."

Johnson talked longingly about Randy Moss when the Vikings traded for him, then saw Moss inhabit a nearby locker after the Titans claimed the receiver off waivers.

Johnson didn’t influence the Titans brass to make that move.

How did that endorsement and the ultimate acquisition work out?

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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