The San Diego Chargers Should Bring in Quarterback Vince Young for Bye Week

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The San Diego Chargers Should Bring in Quarterback Vince Young for Bye Week
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Free agent quarterback Vince Young has been in the news recently expressing his confusion over why quarterback needy teams haven't reached out to him. 

Young, who most recently played this preseason for the Packers, has made it known he's in shape and ready to play if any team needs him. 

Plenty of NFL teams are looking for quarterbacks, but apparently, they have no interest in Young.

The St. Louis Rams reportedly reached out to 44-year-old gunslinger Brett Favre to replace injured Sam Bradford, and the Houston Texans opted to start third-string quarterback Case Keenum without even considering bringing in Young for a visit. 

The Cleavland Browns and Buffalo Bills have also had issues at quarterback and gave no consideration to Young.

So, what does any of this have to do with the San Diego Chargers?

The Chargers are on a bye week and next play at the Washington Redskins in Week 9. With Philip Rivers returning to 2008-10 form, bringing in a quarterback should sound like a completely ridiculous idea. 

Here's why it's not...

The Chargers have exceeded most people's expectations this season, heading into their bye week following consecutive victories and improving their record to 4-3. 

Where they have struggled most in 2013 is when they have faced mobile quarterbacks like Tennessee's Jake Locker and Oakland's Terrelle Pryor. Both Locker and Pryor had success against San Diego's defense by getting out of the pocket and making plays with their legs, as well as their arms.

That's where Vince Young comes in. Young would be the perfect quarterback to run the Chargers scout team offense in preparation for Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III

At 30-years-old, Young doesn't have the same speed he possessed as the third-overall draft pick in 2006, but he should be close to matching the surgically-repaired, knee-brace wearing version of RG3 the Chargers oppose next week.

This situation would be mutually beneficial for the Chargers and Young.

For the Chargers, the defense will get a full week of preparation against the type of quarterback they will face next Sunday. For Young, it's an opportunity to get back on a football field with an NFL team and increase his exposure to the national media.   

The only potential downside to this idea is the Chargers would have to give up a roster spot to sign Young. The Chargers depth has been depleted due to injury, and adding Young would potentially mean losing someone on the current roster. 

Perhaps, a reserve player like Crezdon Butler or Seyi Ajirotutu could be let go—if even for just one week—in favor of improving the Chargers chances of a Week 9 victory over the Redskins.

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