The Ride Stops Here: Just What Should We Expect From Vince Young in 2010?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 29:  Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans waits for a play against the Arizona Cardinals during their game at LP Field on November 29, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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"Come on come on, that's just the way it is things'll never be the same, that's just the way it is"  -Tupac Shakur

Two years ago, Tupac Shakur's song Changes pretty much summed up how Tennessee Titans fans were feeling at the time.

Kerry Collins was the new starter, and despite an impressive record posted, the Titans quarterback position seemed almost empty without the former Texas Longhorn Vince Young behind center.

But boy how things changed.  I was never a fan of rap music until a month ago, when I finally realized that some songs do have a true meaning behind them, rather than just a constant beat mixed together with a few curse words.

However, when it comes to motivational words, Vince Young takes the cake.  Like the rest of the NFL, I was of course shocked to learn of the tragic death of Steve McNair after taking up and tuning into ESPN one morning. 

It's almost unrealistic to think that Steve McNair passed away almost a year ago, but if one thing still rings true for me, it's Vince Young's highly sympathetic and emotional eulogy at Steve's funeral.

It is a rare occasion for me to cry when an athlete dies, but on this occasion, I do feel that most of the NFL world shed a tear when Vince Young took over the podium, and delivered a heartfelt speech.

Now, we look toward the future of Vince Young at the starting role once again in Tennessee.  It seems now that Vince Young has endured so much disappointment, it is time for him to show the world what he is really made of.

I think the best way to describe Vince Young's past two years is a "rollercoaster of emotions".  Vince has seen his high's and lows, and finally, it's time for Vince to truly shine.

So with this all said, how will Vince Young fair in 2010?

Well, if 2009 is anything to ponder off of, I'd say that Vince Young is in for bigger and better things this coming September.  Last season, Vince Young threw for 10 touchdowns and 1,879 yards.  Impressive stats, yes, but a lot is still to be desired from Vince Young's quarterback abilities. 

1. A Well Balanced Season

The first point that could be made against Vince Young is his inability to post a truly convincing season.  In 2009, he did have his bright spots, especially when it came to dazzling forth quarter drives that left everyone talking around the water cooler the very next day.

As impressive as these moments were though, a question could be asked as to whether or not Vince Young can play every game with the same intensity and skill level, and maintain the same pace and ability that lead Tennessee to such impressive wins.

In relation to 2008, one strong point that Kerry Collins had as the starting quarterback was consistency.  He always (or for the most part) got the job done, and rarely had bad games.  With this said, there is no reason for Vince Young not to be able to follow the same path, as we all know that he is a highly capable passer, rusher and motivator.

The expectations are high for Vince Young this season, as many believe he has turned over a new leaf.  A quarterback of his caliber should be able to meet expectations.

2. The Ability To Play a Full Game

The second criticism of Vince Young's game is his lack of ability to complete a full game.  At times last season Vince Young did manage to put together consecutive drives, but there were some "hot and cold" occasions that left the Titans scoreless.

Much of this issue could stem from a year layoff the previous season, and a case could be made that Vince Young will of course fix this problem in the upcoming season. 

However, seeing as though Tennessee plays in one of the toughest divisions in football, it is vital that Vince Young is at his very best at least 90% of the time.  Chris Johnson will of course credit Vince Young, so don't be surprised if this issue has been addressed, and solved by September.

3. Can he withstand explosive passing defenses?

Finally, the biggest question for Vince Young is exposed.  Can he withstand explosive pass defenses?

In 2009 the Tennessee Titans were ranked 23rd in passing yards leaving many Titans fans to criticize the Titans inability to post points again potent defensive schemes.  As already mentioned, the Titans do play in a tough division, and on the double occasion, the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans are set to match up with Tennessee.

In past years, the Titans have come off second best and unfortunately it has cost them a win or two in the long run.

2010 brings with it a new breed of smash mouth defense for many teams, and when Tennessee meet teams such as Pittsburgh, New York, Denver, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, San Diego and Indianapolis it is vital for Vince Young to know how to cope with such explosive defensive game-plans.

Vince Young is up to the task, but I do feel it will be more of a team effort if Tennessee are to overcome these odds.  Let's be realistic though, Tennessee are likely to lose at least a few of these games, but there is no reason for the Titans to totally struggle offensively.

So What Should We Expect From Vince Young in 2010?

It's a tough question to answer, but I feel that is totally obvious to everyone that Vince Young will have a good year.

Perhaps it won't be an MVP type season, but it is likely that he posts at least 2000 yards along with several touchdowns.  Tennessee fans will be happy to know that Vince Young is now on vacation, and taking the time to relax before a promising season ahead.

If all goes well, the Titans are a playoff caliber team.  Is Vince Young a playoff caliber quarterback?  Of course, he did play for Texas after all, didn't he?  Expect a bigger and better Vince Young in 2010.