4 NFL Teams That Still Make Perfect Sense for Vince Young
Vince Young is cut. However, the mobile quarterback does fit the bill for some teams needing a backup quarterback or potential starter.
The Bills shuffled backup quarterbacks on Monday by completing a deal to acquire Jackson in a trade with Seattle. They then cut Young.
As unsurprising as this was, Young could be a nice addition to any team needing depth and starting experience.
We can't forget that Young—despite his unimpressive numbers—had a winning record as a starter for the Tennessee Titans. And when playing for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011, Young defeated the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants and threw for 400 yards against the New England Patriots.
So the talent still resides, it's just about getting more consistent. And for the following teams, consistency for the backups must get proven—in the first two cases, the starters as well.
New York Jets
Having scored just 21 points through three preseason contests, some kind of talent is needed to provide a spark. Vince Young is just as mobile as Tebow and roughly as accurate as Sanchez.
In addition, he's significantly more accurate than Tebow and obviously more mobile than Sanchez.
Considering how atrocious the Jets' offensive line has also performed this preseason, Young's mobility and strong arm bodes well for creating more big plays. No, he's not a pocket-passer with deadly accuracy and top tier mechanics, but Young has proven he can win when starting.
He has more experience than both players and it's not like the Jets have provided much promise after a horrendous August. With Tony Sparano's Wildcat formation, Young is a better option than Tebow because he sees the field better and makes more confident decisions.
Gang Green needs all the help they can get, so adding Young would be a win-win.
At this point the Arizona Cardinals should scrap the offense, pursue Vince Young and wing it.
John Skelton is a better option over Kevin Kolb, however, neither have the mobility to keep plays alive.
And currently in Arizona, this is the most crucial aspect since the offensive line fails to read defenses pre-snap and make blocking adjustments. Versus the Tennessee Titans alone, the Cardinals' line gave up four sacks and 10 quarterback hits.
Young's mobility would certainly counter-balance this weakness and it's not like there's a risk when tossing downfield. Arizona still presents Larry Fitzgerald and now with rookie receiver Michael Floyd, Young won't have to scramble.
He'll just have to buy that little extra time outside the pocket and let the targets make plays. Not to mention tight end Todd Heap is still reliable and Early Doucet only provides another reliable target.
The Cardinals are desperate for a legitimate starting quarterback and although Young's not elite, he's a better option than Skelton or Kolb right now.
Kansas City Chiefs
Well, Vince Young is a solid choice with his starting experience and stronger arm than Quinn. Let's put it this way: had Young been on K.C. in 2011 when Matt Cassel went down, the Chiefs wouldn't have seen such a rollercoaster season.
And yet, with Tyler Palko then Kyle Orton taking snaps thereafter, the Chiefs still almost won the AFC West.
Quinn, though, has played in only 14 regular-season games and the 2009 season was his most recent appearance.
Young on the other hand, played in 15 games between 2010 and 2011 which is more than Quinn's entire career. He's also an eerily similar quarterback to Cassel with a strong arm and mobility.
No doubt Cassel is the better game manager, but Young's overall skill set, experience and success—despite how minimal—far outweighs anything by Quinn.
In short, he's a safer option if the worst-case scenario were to occur again in 2012.
If anything, the Pittsburgh Steelers just need some youth at the backup quarterback position.
Currently, Byron Leftwich is 32 and Charlie Batch is 37. Vince Young is only 29 and when you consider the Steelers' lack of pass protection from the offensive line this preseason, his mobility helps as well.
In no way would Young ever take the starting role over Ben Roethlisberger, but with a vulnerable line and non-threatening rushing attack, the age-old veteran backups won't stand a chance if/when called upon. At least Young can go from the shotgun and get outside quicker to target any receiver underneath.
Pittsburgh's one great area is its abundance of receivers and not to forget tight end Heath Miller.
One other appeal about the Steelers for Young is the return of Mike Wallace. According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley:
A vice versa perspective also includes Young's strong arm and fairly quick release. Wallace loves to make plays downfield and Young is a perfect candidate to do so as Big Ben's backup.
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