According to the Tennesseean, Vince Young was benched for last night's game due to violating the team's curfew (apparently he stayed at home rather than with the team in the hotel).
I almost didn't post this -- it's just a preseason game and it's not like staying at home is criminal behavior -- but I decided to given our recent debates about VY's leadership qualities. For all those who believed that VY showed great leadership by getting into a scrape with a teammate, what do you say to this?
A big part of being a leader is leading by example. The example VY set in this case is that he doesn't think the rules apply to him, or at the very least that it's not a huge deal to ignore the rules. I realize that the infraction is not terrible (it's not like he was out all night at a strip club or something), but it's the principle that's important. A leader helps guide others to the proper behavior at all times, not just when it's convenient. You don't want your starting QB benched for disciplinary reasons, even in a preseason game. It just doesn't look good, and it doesn't project leadership.
VY obviously has a long ways to go before he can be taken seriously as a leader.