Titans QB Young Not Hung Up on Mistakes vs. Falcons

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NASHVILLE - Vince Young has studied the film of his three-interception performance, and the Tennessee Titans quarterback said Wednesday he is determined to bounce back and learn from his mistakes.

"That's one of the worst feelings ever even though we won the ballgame," Young said of last week's 20-13 win over Atlanta. "... I really feel like I could've better protected the ball."

Young said he's been busy studying to see what went wrong. He thinks he had a good game aside from the turnovers, and he did complete his first seven passes against Atlanta. He said sometimes the quarterback has to take the sack and credited one defender with making a good play.

"That's in the past. I learn from my mistakes. It won't happen again like that," Young said.

Young is 16th among the AFC's leading passers this week with a 67.2 passer rating, and he has two more interceptions (five) than touchdowns (three) after his performance against Atlanta. Only Trent Edwards of Buffalo has thrown for fewer yards than Young with 503 compared to Young's 583.

The quarterback rebounded well as a rookie from his lone three-interception game. Over his final eight games of 2006, he had six combined interceptions in that stretch.

"He's got a fairly short memory," coach Jeff Fisher said of Young's ability to bounce back.

"At the quarterback position, you need to learn from mistakes. It's not an easy position to play. There are quarterbacks in the league with eight or 10 years experience that will have hard days. The important thing is to come back ... and do your best to go out and execute the following week."

Sore Knee?: Young talked to reporters after practice wearing a white wrap on his right knee. Something wrong?

"It's some carryover from the game, but it didn't affect him today," Fisher said.

Young wasn't listed on the team's injury report Wednesday. Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (ankle) did not practice because of soreness from last week's game. Receiver Brandon Jones (knee) did not practice, and right guard Benji Olson also sat out his customary Wednesday.

And as for Young's knee, he joked that it was a new look for himself.

NFC South Streaking: The Titans have won two straight games, both against teams from the NFC South. They play another South team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2), Sunday.

It's all part of a bigger streak. The Titans are 13-1 against the NFC South and have won 10 straight. Fisher said it's hard to explain.

"We were pretty good last time we played the division, and probably pretty good the time before. I guess we're fortunate we didn't play them the last couple years, I guess," Fisher said.

"It gets back to the guys understanding the importance of becoming familiar to your opponent, especially uncommon opponents. I think it has a lot to do with what they do during the week."

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