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Friday, August 7, 2009
No surprise: Brown still has VY's back

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

It's hard not to like Mack Brown.

I visited with him when I was in Austin to cover Vince Young's pro day for The Tennessean. The stuff he told me about how he encouraged players not to let the Rose Bowl and national championship be the biggest thing in their lives was better than anything I unearthed about Young.

It's unsurprising that he's got his old quarterback's back. It's admirable.

But as much as he may text with Young, he doesn't see how he does or doesn't interact with the rest of the quarterbacks or coaches, he doesn't see interceptions thrown to second-stringers and he doesn't know the percentage of check-down passes made in a practice.

I'm sorry, but I don't know if the consistent reinforcement from Brown and others close to Young who insist everything will be OK is what Young needs to hear at this stage of his career. And this new line of thinking that Young and Kerry Collins have become tight is news to a lot of people.

Here's what Brown does know, courtesy of sportsradiointerviews.com.

"We have talked to Vince on an ongoing basis and consistently text him. And I'm not changing my position at all. I think sometimes things happen so quickly for young people, that it really has them take a step back and reassess where they are and where they're going. And it's probably a good thing. You see that Vince goes out, wins a national championship, first year, he not only takes the Titans to the playoffs, he is the first rookie also to ever play in a Pro Bowl. And things are just happening so well and so quickly and then he hurts his knee, all of the saga about the bullying and him getting down and Kerry taking over.

"I think he's in a great position right now because he'll compete to get the job back but he and Kerry Collins have been close. He can learn from Kerry, he can watch. And again, most of the quarterbacks that are winning Super Bowls have been around for awhile. You look at last year, what's happened with Roethlisberger has been just amazing. He's been one of the few young quarterbacks to win. Kurt Warner's been around forever. And I go back to Troy Aikman and Peyton Manning -- two of the best young quarterbacks to ever play the game -- and both of them were on teams that did very, very poorly early in their career. And in the end, they were both able to win Super Bowls. So I think we're in great shape. Vince is learning a lot and he's moving forward and I still expect him to be in that Super Bowl and win it."

Here's the whole interview on LLAC in Los Angeles.