Vince Young: Oakland Raiders Are Most Likely NFL Team for His Talents
Vince Young will not be a member of the Tennessee Titans in 2011. The team announced they will part ways with Young, meaning that Jeff Fisher will likely remain as the team's head coach. Young will either be released or traded in the coming months.
Since being drafted third overall in 2006, Young had a 57.9% completion percentage with 8,098 passing yards, 42 TD passes, 42 INTs, 1,380 rushing yards and 12 rushing TDs.
Here is a look at the most likely teams Vince Young will play for in 2011.
10. Houston Texans
Vince Young to the Houston Texans rumors are going to be popular. A lot of times when an athlete is on the market, the hometown team gets a mention. Since Young is originally from Houston and played his college ball at Texas, this scenario will probably receive a lot of attention.
Like a majority of his options, if Young goes to the Texans it will be in a backup role.
Matt Schaub will be the team's starting quarterback for 2011. Young could fill in the backup role and maybe see some playing time in a special wildcat-type package.
9. Carolina Panthers
If Andrew Luck decides to declare for the NFL Draft instead of returning to Stanford, there would be a minimal chance Vince Young becomes a Panther. However, if Luck stays in school, the Panthers could be a possible destination for Young.
It would offer him a backup position he could fight out in camp.
8. Seattle Seahawks
Pete Carroll knows Vince Young's talents very well. He had a field level view of Young in the 2006 Rose Bowl for the BCS Championship.
Carroll has already resurrected the career of Mike Williams perhaps Young could follow suit.
Aside from the familiarity, the Seahawks aren't stable at the quarterback position. They became the first NFL division winner to have a losing record, finishing the season 7-9. There have been issues with Matt Hasselbeck staying healthy and consistent in Seattle. The last season Hasselbeck didn't miss a start was 2007.
They could be looking for another backup other than Charlie Whitehurst going into next season.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Matt Leinart didn't work out in Arizona, perhaps Vince Young can. Cardinals coach Ken Wisenhunt has been unsuccessful in finding a quarterback to replace Kurt Warner.
Even with one of the league's premier wide receivers in Larry Fitzgerald on the roster, the Cardinals offense was pedestrian in 2010 without an effective quarterback.
The Cardinals lack of consistency at quarterback is nothing new. Since the 2003 season, only once have the Cardinals finished a season with only one quarterback starting every game. That season, they made the Super Bowl.
6. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers have two former first overall draft picks and a Heisman Trophy winner as the quarterbacks on their roster. Even with these credentials, they finished third in the NFC West that was won by a team with a losing record.
There is already an ongoing search for a new coach, quarterback isn't far behind. The 49ers offer Young one of only a few opportunities to be immediately competitive for the starting position.
5. Buffalo Bills
Ryan Fitzpatrick won a lot of hearts in Buffalo with his play this season. However, the team may still be looking to bring in another quarterback in the offseason.
Vince Young could offer the Bills a backup quarterback with starting experience should Fitzpatrick's performance decline from his 3,000 yards and 23 TDs of 2010.
4. Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins aren't sure who their coach is going to be in 2011 much less their quarterback. What they do know is that Chad Henne most likely isn't the quarterback to lead the team to the postseason.
Depending on who the head coach is for the Dolphins, Young may be looked at to help fill the void at quarterback.
3. Minnesota Vikings
Brett Favre might retire, Tavaris Jackson isn't the answer and Joe Webb had his 15 minutes. In other words, the Vikings need a quarterback. With the head coach vacancy filled by removing the interim tag on Leslie Frazier, the team can focus on its personnel needs.
Young would be the best quarterback on the roster and should be able to run the offense effectively. Having weapons like Adrian Peterson, Visanthe Shianco and Sidney Rice would make the job easier for Young to be successful.
2. Denver Broncos
Tim Tebow will likely be the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos in 2011. With that in mind, Kyle Orton will most likely be traded in the offseason, possibly for Vince Young.
Young could backup Tebow and also would be available for if Tebow underperformed or got injured in 2011. Since the quarterbacks are similar in style and effort, they both could affect the style of offense played in Denver.
1. Oakland Raiders
Whether or not Vince Young makes sense for the Oakland Raiders is irrelevant because Al Davis rarely does. After firing a coach that swept the division, he may be some spark to the offense.
The Raiders need a quarterback that can run a short passing attack to compliment their running game. They went 1-4 in games with a quarterback throwing for over 250 yards in 2010. However, they were 6-2 when a running back gained over 100 yards on the ground. That is the exact system Young excels in.
Recently it seems as if Al Davis has an affinity for black quarterbacks. Normally, I leave race out of the discussion whenever possible. However, you can't ignore that in the last five seasons, 51 games have been started by Jason Campbell, Jemarcus Russell, Dante Culpepper and Aaron Brooks. Vince Young could be the next quarterback in that lineup. At the end of the day, it may just be a coincidence.
Davis was quoted this year as saying that Jason Campbell reminded him of Jim Plunkett. He said the same thing about Culpepper in 2008. Perhaps, he might see some Jim Plunkett in Vince Young as well.
Overall, the Raiders have been a dumpster fire since their Super Bowl appearance in 2003. With the way Young stormed out of the Titans locker room in November and his history of off-the-field issues, it may be a match destined to happen.
One thing about Young that could excite fans is his ability to just win, baby, win. He was 30-17 as a starter in his five seasons in Tennessee. The Raiders were 24-56 during the same time period.