NFL Free Agents 2011: Why Vince Young's Win Total Is Misleading
Quarterbacks are valuable assets in the NFL, and it seems any player who has had even mild success is having huge money being offered to them.
Interestingly, Vince Young, who many feel is a good quarterback, hasn't received a lot of attention from teams, and even with his release today I don't expect that to change. The best he can hope for is a backup role, maybe in Philadelphia.
This may seem surprising to many, but it shouldn't be. Young is immature, lazy and has a low football IQ. He is also inaccurate with his pass and is completely inefficient in the passing game.
The Vince Young lovers will crow that Vince just wins; he has a 30-17 record as a NFL starter.
I don't care—those 30 wins never amounted to anything. The Titans went to the playoffs twice in the Vince Young era, in 2007 and 2008. That's right, twice in five years.
The best year the Titans had during Young's time in Tennessee came in 2008, when the Titans went 13-3 and were the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. Young only played half a game that season.
The great quarterback who led the Titans to the playoffs? Kerry Collins.
The Titans won with defense and the run game when Young played. VY had Travis Henry, LenDale White and Chris Johnson in the backfield with him during his career; each rushed for 1,000 yards at one point during his tenure.
In fact, Young has always had an 1,000-yard rusher. The Titans have always won on the ground.
Yes, Young had some comebacks during his career, but very rarely did he win games by doing his job efficiently and scoring touchdowns. He always played well enough to not lose, and he let the run game and the defense do their jobs.
In fact, I would say Young directly contributed to a Titans loss just as many times as he directly won a game for Tennessee.
Then you have the immaturity—the bar fight, the hissy fit after the Redskins game, the time he disappeared after he was booed during a game against the Jaguars. He has no common sense, coming across as entitled and not too bright. How else do you explain the fact that he never learned the playbook well enough to call audibles?
It's either that or laziness—yes, he is very lazy.
Young didn't study game plans and never went out of his way to improve his flaws. He had a nice deep ball, but his short and intermediate passes never impressed, and it didn't seem to bother him. He never stressed how much he needed to improve in that area.
Mostly though Young's problem was that he never stepped up. He never became a leader or established himself as the best option for the Titans to win. He just never got it.
Maybe the talent is there and he just needs the right situation, but I don't see it—apparently neither do any NFL coaches or GM's at the moment.
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