Vince Young Rips Ryan Fitzpatrick, 'Garbage' QBs in Sports Illustrated Interview

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2017

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 29:  Quarterback Vince Young #13 of the Green Bay Packers passes during the preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs on at Arrowhead Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Former NFL quarterback Vince Young is unhappy about some of the fellow QBs who've received continued opportunities in the league at a time when he can't hold down a roster spot.

On Tuesday, Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated passed along Young's comments about longtime NFL starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Arizona Cardinals' decision to add Blaine Gabbert in May.

"Exactly," he said referring to Gabbert's signing despite his lack of prior success. "I hate to name-drop, but [Ryan] Fitzpatrick is still playing?! He leads the league in interceptions, and he's still f--king getting paid? I mean, what the f--k is going on?"

Young said he hasn't tuned in for much football since his time in the NFL ended, but he's been surprised by the lackluster quarterback play in the games he did watch.

"I'd see a quarterback and be like, 'Dude is garbage, and I'm over here in the kitchen cooking turkey necks?!'" he told Sports Illustrated.

Young announced his retirement in 2014 but started a comeback effort earlier this year. He signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League in March. A torn hamstring suffered in training camp caused the organization to waive him earlier this month, though.

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The 34-year-old Houston native last played in a regular-season NFL game with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. He made stops with the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns in the years that followed but never made a final 53-man roster.

The Tennessee Titans made him the third overall pick in 2006, and he was named Offensive Rookie of the Year following his debut campaign after a standout collegiate career at Texas.

His overall numbers fell short of expectations, however. He threw 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions across 60 appearances, including 50 starts. His 1,459 rushing yards and 12 TDs on the ground didn't make up for his passing deficiencies.

Young's career passer rating is a subpar 74.4. Ryan Fitzpatrick, now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, checks in at 79.7, while Gabbert stands at 71.5.