Vince Young: Why the Hate?
What exactly has Vince Young done to receive all of the hate he has over this past year?
He's quite possibly the best two-minute QB in the NFL.
The fact he has a winning record despite in 2006 and 2007 when he played with team that had maybe 3-13 to 4-12 talent, and lead them to 8-8 and 10-6 respectively.
When looking at what I just said, you probably will respond with "Well look at his numbers."
Okay, fine. Fair point.
Lets look at Steve Young, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Dan Fouts, Otto Graham, Joe Namath, Bart Starr, George Blanda and Warren Moon too.
These are just the QB I thought of off of the top of my head, I'm sure there are plenty more.
Please, tell me what their numbers were in their first two seasons?
Exactly, barely better than VY, if not worse. I've not read up on their records during their first two years either, but I'll bet you they didn't put up more wins than VY did.
Okay, now you want to say his mental state is horrible.
Mmkay. I'd be willing to say a good 90-95 percent of people who are at least 18 have had a point in their life where nothing went there way and they just wanted to give up.
Hell, most NFL players have too, it just doesn't get out.
I don't know what water boy on the team let this out, but it was unfortunate for VY.
Something no one ever bothers to look at is the team around VY.
Please, tell me one person who wasn't on our defense you'd take in 2007.
Rob Bironas is probably it.
And hell, all he had in 2006 was Drew Bennett and Travis Henry, but that was taken away in 07(Don't ask me who made that wonderful(sarcasm) decision).
Do you expect him to put up Peyton Manning numbers with a supporting cast of LenDale White, Justin Gage, Eric Moulds and Ben Troupe?
Do you even know who those players are? Seriously, LenDale White only became known this year because he shared carries with Chris Johnson.
Well, those were the players he had around him.
You could put Peyton Manning at QB and I wouldn't expect any better than 11-5.
Another thing no one notices is: Who has he had to mentor him before this year?
Kerry Collins started off win-less in 2006, so it certainly wasn't him. Then he was thrown in to the starter position.
Outside of this year, Young's had no one to help him learn the QB position.
Norm Chow trying to turn him into a drop-back passer certainly didn't help either, as he clearly isn't one yet.
If you've ever seen me defend Vince Young, this is something you see me bring up quite often, and rightfully so.
You look at VY's 2006 game tapes, and you'll see he was basically allowed to call the plays he wanted.
He was able to run a lot of roll-out type plays, in which he was EXTREMELY successful in doing.
With the firing of Norm Chow and the bringing in of Mike Heimerdinger, it should return to that way when he earns the starting job again.
If Collins taught VY anything this year, it's how to deal with mistakes, and not let criticism get to you.
Vince Young has come in and already talked to Fisher about how he could earn his job back. I believe the key part in is the wording.
He didn't say how could he get his starting job back, it's how he could earn it.
He's got the right mindset, and with an extremely explosive back in CJ in the backfield along with hoping the Titans get another playmaker in the upcoming draft, VY has a great chance and becoming the starter.
My personal prediction is he will be the starter come the season-opener against Pittsburgh.
Should be fun to watch his progress over offseason.
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