Vince Young: Top 10 Teams He Could Join After Tennessee Titans
The Vince Young era is officially done at Tennessee.
The Tennessee Titans announced yesterday that Young won't be on the team's roster in 2011. Young thanked owner Bud Adams and coach Jeff Fisher, but also told The Tennessean he wished Fisher would have trusted him more.
"I have nothing against Jeff Fisher. I just wish he would have trusted me a little more," Young told the paper. "That was the only issue. I didn’t feel like (Jeff) trusted me. In the five years I was there, I was always looking over my shoulder.
"I didn’t feel like I was his guy all the way. I put in a lot of work and my stats and my winning, it showed I had grown."
The question now is where Young winds up. It's not an easy answer, since some teams need to draft quarterbacks. As they develop, Young could be an adequate replacement. Other teams have elite, established starters, and backups in place as well. Even if there's a good fit, will Young have thick enough skin to withstand the jeers and boos from fans?
That became an issue at Tennessee. Here are 10 teams he could wind up with:
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Right now, it looks like Rex Grossman will be the starter. Young could get a chance to start, but there is speculation too that Mike Shanahan will draft a quarterback. Shanahan, though, will not tolerate quarterbacks who can't produce.
Chad Henne really isn't the answer for the Dolphins. Young could get a chance here, but watch the coaching situation and what happens with Tony Sparano. You certainly won't have success here if a coach doesn't want to work with Young.
Keep in mind Young would also have to face New England and the New York Jets twice each year. How do you like his chances?
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Brett Favre is gone, so the Vikings are in search of a replacement. They are one of the teams who is expected to draft a quarterback. Again, Young could be a temporary solution, but he isn't a lock to land the starter's role. Do you really think he's much better than Tavaris Jackson and Joe Webb (pictured)?
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Marc Bulger signed a one year, $3.8 million deal in the offseason, and has been Joe Flacco's backup. But he's set to become a free agent after this season, which would create an opportunity here for Young. Obviously any player wants to be a starter, but Young needs to check his ego and not rule out any opportunity.
Backups are always one injury away from being thrown back into the fire as starting quarterbacks.
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There's still a number of unknowns with the Panthers, beginning with their coaching vacancy. After that, you have to see what happens with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck - considered the No.1 pick in the upcoming NFL draft—and if he elects to leave school early.
The team has said it would pick Luck if he does enter the draft. In that case, Young would have no shot here.
Where things get interesting is if Luck declares and another team trades up and tries to get their No.1 pick to land him. Carolina would then stick with Jimmy Clausen, and Young could compete for a backup role against Matt Moore (pictured). That definitely isn't a lock.
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Here's another team in desperate need of a quarterback, but the Cardinals are also rumored to be a favorite landing spot if Donovan McNabb decides to leave Washington. Since he lives in Phoenix in the offseason, and is a proven, successful starter, he gets the edge over Young here for this potential opening.
4. San Diego
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Backing up Philip Rivers right now? Yes, that would be Mike Scifres and Billy Volek. Young would be an upgrade here, even though Volek (pictured) has shown himself to be a capable player before.
3. San Francisco
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All this depends on who the 49ers name as their next head coach, and what kind of offensive system is implemented. Right now, Jim Harbaugh is the name being mentioned, and it's hard to imagine Young being able to run his pro-style offense successfully.
San Francisco is also another team expected to draft a quarterback. This is a problem that needs to be solved. Question is: Is Young that much better than Alex Smith (pictured) or Troy Smith?
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Young could remain in the division, and have a shot as David Garrard's backup. Right now, the options behind him are Trent Edwards, Todd Bouman and Luke McCown. You've got to like Young's chances in this situation.
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Is Ryan Fitzpatrick really the answer? Until the Bills find a true franchise quarterback, Young could have a shot. Young's the kind of athletic player that Chan Gailey likes, too.