Vince Young to the Miami Dolphins in 2011?

Michael Heck Correspondent IIApril 7, 2011

He once smelled roses. Can he swim with the Dolphins?
He once smelled roses. Can he swim with the Dolphins?Grant Halverson/Getty Images

NFL writers are trying to figure out what the Tennessee Titans will do with their draft this season, most figure they must draft a quarterback. They would be absolutely silly not to. 

That leads us to the story of Vince Young. If you were a Dolphins suit, would you pull the trigger on such a deal? 

Would you? 

Could you bank your offense on two high maintenance stars who claimed to be misunderstood by their former employer? Brandon Marshall turned his attitude around sans his play against the Bears and being in the ear of Chad Henne on the sideline (Henne deserved it did he not?). 

I would not spend a draft pick on him.

The Titans will probably release him. He would be cheaper financially than when he was drafted. And, we know he's got game. That's how perceived head cases in the NFL are normally handled.

Could Vince Young lean on Brandon Marshall? You must admit, it's intriguing. I am disappointed in the end of Vince Young's career in Tennessee. One question I have always thought was, "how does a quarterback of Young's stature and Chris Johnson's talent not make it deep into the playoffs?" It rarely is just one component which causes such a storm.

When Young was in Tennessee, he had some issues. I have eleven years in the field of psychology, counseling, mental health, and behavioral modification. I have an M.A. in psychology. What I've heard and seen of Young's issues, he can work out of his mess.

Athletes who have always been the star rarely have to deal with real life stress (bills, relational stress, etc.). So Young's ego gets a taste of the real world: disagreeing with a coach, bad play, emotional duress and he does what a non-high profile player can do, he caves. He becomes depressed (this is true especially if he has a family history of depression). He isolated himself. This takes behavioral change and counseling. He's human. He needs training on self awareness. To his credit, he retreated to family and friends. Any intense depression was unfounded. He was guilty of not communicating to his family where he was going when he was upset...

He was watching football and eating chicken wings with a friend while the world was looking for him.  

There was mention of a gun in his car. It was unloaded, which is not illegal in Tennessee (this is also common for professional athletes to carry a weapon). There was talk of Young's therapist reporting that he was suicidal. However, this is what Chris Mortensen from ESPN reported: "The Titans declined to comment on details of the report. On Tuesday, the team issued a statement saying police had been called over concern for Young but those concerns were unfounded." (Sept 13, 2008). 

My first thought, after reading several reports on Fisher talking to Young's therapist is: Normally, if a client is suicidal (and the threat is real), a therapist immediately calls the police and the client is put on "close watch," he/she isn't allowed to leave. A therapist doesn't call the client's employer first. According to the report, the therapist called Fisher without mention of making it known to law enforcement. Even if the psychologist works for the team, the police would've been contacted first and foremost. Strange. 

Nevertheless, "those concerns were unfounded." 

I'd take the risk. I'd tell him he would have to go continue with his therapy (with a Miami Dolphins Psychologist). The risk/reward is worth it. It's less of a risk than taking a rookie quarterback in the draft. Chad Henne vs. Vince Young vs. a rookie draft pick. 

Vince Young had decent receivers in Tennessee. Miami has better. I believe that implementing new running backs would be easier with a quarterback like Young under the center. 

I think he deserves another chance to compete, do you? 


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