Miami Dolphins Quarterback Roulette: Can Vince Young Right the Ship?

Danny DolphinAnalyst IJanuary 20, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10: Quarteback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans warms up for the game with the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Player: Vince Young

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 230

Availability: The Titans announced he will not be on their roster next season. The ESPN report said, “The Titans will trade or release Vince Young.” Who in their right mind is going to give up anything valuable for a player they have no intention of keeping? Expect him to be released at some point.

Positives: Young’s biggest asset is his mobility…fast and agile…a terror in the open field because of his combination of speed and strength…improving as a passer…big arm…excellent intangibles…a dual-threat playmaker…prototypical size…a winner (30-17 as a starter)…still young at 27.

Negatives: Inconsistent accuracy…low release point…questionable decision making…major non-football baggage…injury-prone…can be indecisive in the pocket.

Scoop: For the Dolphins, Young is clearly the best available talent at the lowest price. However, do they really want two guys with a history of emotional baggage on the offense, at quarterback and receiver nonetheless? Young to Brandon Marshall can be an explosive combination on the field, but also volatile off it.

Young insisted Jeff Fisher didn’t trust him in Tennessee. Would Tony Sparano and crew give Young enough leeway to allow him to do what he does well?

Young is by no means a polished quarterback, but he’s a playmaker, a true gamer. Football wise, he is just what this team needs, an impact player at the most important position.

Whether the Dolphins can look past the red flags and take a chance on him remains to be seen. With this regime’s back against the wall, maybe they’ll finally roll the dice.