Why Vince Young's Key to Success This Year Will Be to Simply Relax

Stephen KasperCorrespondent IApril 12, 2010

SEATTLE , WA - JANUARY 03:  Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans plays against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on January 3, 2010 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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All throughout the offseason, people have been talking about what Vince Young needs to do to continue having success as a starter and finally silence all his critics.


The answer is simple: relax.


People make it sound like rocket science when trying to explain what he needs to do or how he needs to play.


“He needs to do this.”


“He’s gotta do more of that”


It’s really not that complex.


In the 2008-09 season, Kerry Collins threw just seven interceptions and was sacked only eight times.


He didn’t force a pass. He didn’t sit in the pocket too long. He didn’t make bad decisions. If there was nothing there, he simply threw it away, and that’s all he needed to do.


What does that mean to Vince Young? It means as long as he doesn’t put himself under too much pressure and just plays smart, he can and will be successful with this Titans team.


Vince is 26-13 as a starter and was 8-2 last season after coming in mid-season when Tennessee was 0-6.


There is no doubt he is a good football player and is getting better with each game.


He has the speed that gives him the ability to run instead of throwing it away like Kerry had to. Because of that, he complements Chris Johnson and the running game in a way not many other quarterbacks in the NFL can. And his accuracy and decision making as a passer have increased incredibly over the 10 games he started last season.


The only thing Vince Young needs to do is relax and play that same game he played in the 10 games he started in last year with an occasional 2-minute drill performance, which he proved he can handle after leading a 99-yard drive in the final minutes to beat the Cardinals.


In Texas, as a college star, the majority of the pressure was on him to make every play. The NFL doesn’t work that way, and he has learned that.


He has matured magnificently and has learned as a Titan that he doesn’t have to do everything. He shares the load equally with 10 other men on the field.


In the NFL, there isn’t a single man who can succeed without the help of his teammates. And with players like Chris Johnson on the field with you, Vince Young has the help he needs for his success to continue.


Is Vince Young a future Hall of Fame quarterback?


As of right now, the answer is no. But he doesn’t need to be.


He only needs to relax. As long as he does that, he will be the starter and he will be successful as an NFL quarterback.