Young quickly gaining teammates' respect

Even though he's not the starter yet, Vince Young has emerged as one of the Titans' team leaders, writes Michael Smith.

Originally Published: August 17, 2006
By Michael Smith |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Here are five observations on the Tennessee Titans based on their Aug. 15 practice:

Before the draft, word was that Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow was practically standing on the table for Matt Leinart. These days, Vince Young has him dancing. Well, at least the rookie quarterback is trying to get Chow to dance. Teaching him the "Shoulder Lean."

"I know he thinks about how I'm doing a lot," Young says. "I just try to keep him loose. I tell him, 'Hang with me, baby.'"

Michael Smith

NFL Senior Writer
Michael Smith joined ESPN in July 2004 as a National Football League senior writer for, covering league news and major events such as the NFL Draft, NFL Playoffs and the Super Bowl, and continues to write breaking news stories. He is also a correspondent for E:60, ESPN's first multi-themed prime-time newsmagazine program, which debuted October 2007.