Late Monday night, around one in the morning or so, I was talking some football with one of my good friends. We all know that the best ideas tend to come during those hours where we should actually be asleep.
My friend is a huge Tennessee Titans fan, so as a Jacksonville Jaguars supporter, I'm not entirely sure why I associate with him. But that's beside the point.
For the last few weeks, he'd been talking about how much he hoped that Bud Adams would keep Jeff Fisher at the head coaching spot and ship Vince Young off to another team. Now that the man who was previously the longest tenured coach in the NFL is gone, it was a relief that Young was put on the trading block.
Now instead of being inconsolable, he's merely upset.
So why am I telling you all this? Well, we started talking about possible destinations for Young and decided that Denver was the perfect spot.
I'm not concerned about the details of the trade at all, other than the fact that Young would be traded for Kyle Orton. As for the draft picks and throw-in players, the two teams can do whatever their metaphorical hearts desire.
See, the trade works out perfectly for all involved. Let's take a look.
Orton gets to move from a city that never fully appreciated him to one where he would be the unquestioned leader. Instead of being pushed from behind by Tim Tebow, Orton would undoubtedly be the leader of the Tennessee Titans.
He may not have the most talented wide receivers in the league to work with in Tennessee, but Kenny Britt at least could make him look good. Not that he needs help doing that of course.
The Titans would finally get a true quarterback. And unlike Kerry Collins, this one wouldn't already have a gray beard.
Kyle Orton has tons of talent, as he proved this past season while absolutely torching defense after defense early in the year. He'd be the best pure passer the team has had in quite some time.
Plus, having a threat at the quarterback position would help Chris Johnson immensely. No more would defenders be able to key in on the running back on every single play. Instead, they'd have to move men out of the box and set up some form of pass coverage.
The offense would definitely change for the better.
He's the player with the least to worry about.
Young has worn out his welcome in Tennessee and any change of location would be for the better.
At first glance, it may not make sense that Tim Tebow would be helped out if the Denver Broncos traded for Vince Young. But trust me, he would.
Tebow will essentially be a first-year starter during the 2011-12 season. He got a few starts in towards the end of this past regular season, but he is far from being an experienced quarterback.
No matter how talented he is, he's bound to struggle at times. Without the threat of an established passer like Kyle Orton lurking behind him on the depth chart, some of the pressure will be taken off. After all, the backup quarterback is usually the most popular player on an NFL team. Or so the saying goes.
Plus, Young and Tebow have fairly similar games. They both have great arms, but they favor their legs. There's always a chance they could learn from each other.
Here's where it gets fun.
By trading for Young, the Broncos would appear to be committing completely to Tim Tebow, a move that would absolutely endear the franchise to it's suffering fans.
Then, when Young arrived, the Broncos could start to deploy a completely new offensive attack, one that would give defensive coordinators nightmares in the weeks leading up to the inevitable Denver showdowns.
There are two ways that Denver could get both Young and Tebow out on the field. One would be lining Tebow up at running back and putting Young in a pistol formation. Young could either run, pass or hand off to Tebow. If the last choice was the one selected, Tebow could either run or throw. This form of an option offense would be absolutely deadly, and it's not even the best choice of strategies.
Instead of lining anyone up directly under center, or even right behind the center, let's completely change things up. Put Tebow split out slightly to the left and Young back to the right, both deep enough that it could be called a shotgun formation.
The center could choose who to snap to and that player would serve as the quarterback for that play. The beauty of it is that Tebow is left-handed, so rolling out to the left would be natural. Similarly, Young is right-handed, so rolling to the right would be natural for him as well.
As Al Pacino said in Any Given Sunday, football is a game of inches. The indecisiveness that this would create would cause any defensive end to be thrown at least slightly off their game. The extra split-second that it would take to diagnose the play would cause the pass rush to lose a couple of inches, and that can make all the difference.
It's crazy, but it could work.
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