Remember back in 2006 when Vince Young was shredding USC’s defense en route to a 41-38 victory in the Rose Bowl? Remember how he not only threw for 200 yards, but ran for another 200? Remember when he was the Titans' starting quarterback?
It was not that long ago that the Tennessee Titans made Young the third pick in the 2006 draft, ahead of highly touted QB Matt Leinart.
It was not that long ago that Young lead his Tennessee Titans to the playoffs. Now he is holding a clipboard.
But things have really changed for Young as we enter the 2009 season. Young has not really developed into the passing quarterback the Titans would hope he would.
The only season in which he led the Titans to the postseason saw Young pass for nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Not exactly stellar numbers for the third overall pick in 2006.
In 2008, Young only started one game before injuring his knee in the season opener against Jacksonville. Young was replaced by Collins, who eventually supplanted Young as the starter.
Young wants to return as the starter for Tennessee and rumors are that if he isn’t the starting QB, he wants to be traded. The question is: which teams could be in the mix for Vince Young’s services?
This offseason has been loaded with talks of trying to move quarterback Jason Campbell and get another quarterback. First it was for Jay Cutler, then Mark Sanchez. Dan Snyder wants to start fresh at the quarterback position and Young could be the guy.
Young (18-11) and Campbell (16-20) have pretty comparable records. Young does have seven more wins than Campbell, however Campbell has played in a tougher division.
Campbell has yet to lead his team to the postseason in his four year career. In 2007, the Redskins did make the playoffs, but Todd Collins was starting for the injured Campbell.
With all the money Snyder has spent in the last several offseasons, it is obvious he wants to win right now. If he feels Campbell is not the guy in Washington, he could look to Young this season.
This could be an interesting suitor for Vince Young. Young is from Houston and went to the University of Texas. Houston has Matt Schaub as their starting QB. However, with the offseason trade of Sage Rosenfels to the Minnesota Vikings, this team is short on quarterbacks.
This is a highly unlikely destination for Vince Young given the fact that Tennessee is in the same division as Houston. If the possibility is there, the Texans would have a pretty good three headed monster in Young, Andre Johnson, and Steve Slaton.
For the Bills to be a potential suitor for Vince Young, Edwards has to play like he has the past two seasons. Although Edwards led the Bills to a surprising 5-1 start last season, the team failed to make the playoffs after losing eight of their last ten games.
Edwards did not play very well after suffering a concussion in the Bills 41-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. When he returned, he was not nearly as effective as he was at the beginning of the season.
If Edwards continues to regress this season, the Bills will be looking in a different direction. Young could replace Edwards, and Edwards could be a good replacement for Young in Tennessee.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams could be looking to find a replacement for Marc Bulger. Bulger has not been the same quarterback since the 2004 season, dealing with both injuries and inconsistent play.
This could be a nice change of scenery in St. Louis for Vince Young. The Rams have a good running game and have a very good wide receiver in Donny Avery. Young is another playmaker that could provide some spark to the Rams offense.
The San Francisco 49ers are still looking to find a consistent starting quarterback since Jeff Garcia left in 2004. No. 1 overall Alex Smith has yet to live up to his potential, and the 49ers have really struggled to find his replacement.
Shaun Hill and Alex Smith should be entangled in a QB battle in training camp, but the 49ers could look to acquire Vince Young to be their starting quarterback. Young could be that consistent starter San Francisco is looking for.
All of these scenarios of course depend on the Tennessee Titans. If Young wins the starting QB job in training camp, he would be happy to stay in Nashville. If Kerry Collins is the Titans starter, look for Young to ask for a trade to be a starter somewhere else.
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