The Minnesota Vikings today hired former Tennessee Titans running backs coach Craig Johnson as their new quarterbacks coach. And because Johnson was once the QB coach in Tennessee, speculation is swirling that soon-to-be free agent signal-caller Vince Young will somehow follow his former coach to Minnesota.
Now, there's no evidence to prove this thought. Johnson hasn't said anything like that. But with the Vikings in the market for a starting QB, it's easy to see why the rumors have already started.
It's an intriguing possibility. But I have to say, it's probably a bad idea.
Five years ago, I thought Vince Young was going to take the NFL by storm. As I sat at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, looking back at VY's college career at the University of Texas, there is nothing you could've said to tell me this guy wasn't going to be a winner in the National Football League.
Even an alleged Wonderlic Test score of six didn't dissuade me from thinking the sky was the limit in the NFL for Vince Young.
But after being selected by the Tennessee Titans with the third overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, VY's career has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. He's been the Offensive Rookie of the Year and he's been to the Pro Bowl a couple times. Great.
But he's also been accused of being a depressed quitter with emotional problems who thinks he's above the system. And his erratic behavior has oftentimes supported those claims.
Given his unstable past, I think Vince Young is too much of a risk for the Vikings to bother. That being said, should the team be able to contract Young's services at a bargain rate and have a true open competition at the quarterback position with him when (if) training camp opens in July, it might be worth a shot to give him a look.
I just don't see Young accepting a role other than what his ego tells him he is—a future Hall of Famer. The only problem: There is the reality of the situation.
Vince Young is a long, long way from being a Hall of Fame quarterback. Whoever VY thinks he is, he's going to have to come to grips with the truth and just allow his God-given ability to get to the surface, without his mind getting in the way.
It's possible. Anything's possible. Maybe Craig Johnson knows something about Vince Young the rest of us don't, something to convince the Vikings that Young might just be the future of their franchise at the quarterback position.