Vince Young Gets One Last Shot At Redemption

Will Vince Young Ever Be A Great NFL QB?

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Vince Young is being handed the reigns of his very own NFL team – yet again. The horrendous 0-6 Tennessee Titans have finally accepted that they have nothing to lose and have to try something, even if that something is yet another great athlete who had tremendous success in NCAA Football, but hasn’t been able to play quarterback in the NFL to save his life (or his career). So what will Vince Young do for himself and the Tennessee Titans? It better be something pretty impressive or his chances of ever becoming a starting quarterback in the NFL are likely gone for good.

Vince Young hasn’t proven to anyone yet that he has what it takes to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, but the Tennessee Titans are giving him one more shot at redemption.

NFL QB’s Have A Limited Time To Produce

It is rather well-accepted that if a guy can’t prove himself to be a solid starting quarterback in the NFL within his first three or four years, he will likely never develop into one. There have been a few late-bloomers, but very few. For the vast majority, either you have it or you don’t, and this will likely be Vince Young’s last opportunity to prove he has it. So far there have been no indications that he can do it.

Great Athlete Or Great Quarterback?

This is always the question with these great athletic quarterbacks coming out of college – are you a quarterback, or a great athlete trying to play quarterback? The increased speed, complexity, and tighter coverages on the defensive side of the ball, along with the increased complexity, faster decision making, and greater number of variables on the offensive side, make quarterbacking in the NFL far different than in the NCAA. I would argue that almost nobody has ever been able to consistently figure out who will make that transition and who won’t. Every single year the NFL is filled with complete surprises at the quarterback position – no-names in college become superstars in the NFL, superstars in college become nobodies in the NFL. If you really keep track, there are so many huge surprises that drafting a quarterback out of college almost becomes a crap shoot – just roll the dice and hope for the best. Nobody can really put their finger on it.

So one last time the Titans are going to put Vince Young in there to see what he can do. I would expect that they’ll let him finish out the remaining ten regular season games and let the results speak for themselves – either he has it or he doesn’t.

Very Few Signs Of Potential As An NFL QB

Vince Young’s NFL Career Stats

Games Att Comp Pct Att/G Yds Avg Yds/G TD Int
35 780 444 56.9 22.3 4,964 6.4 141.8 22 33

Not only are Vince Young’s career statistics just awful, but even the intangibles like leadership skills and mental toughness are as far from where they should be as anyone could have feared possible. He has a history of making mental mistakes on the field and off, and has not shown that he has the temperament to lead an NFL team. His mood is greatly affected by negative reactions from the fans, and he’s easily rattled by the media. His instincts seem to be to run and hide when things aren’t going well instead of fighting even harder to make big things happen.

It’s one thing if you have a quarterback that is at least handling the position well from a physical or a mental standpoint while needing work on the other, but Young hasn’t handled either one well. He’s not showing any signs that he’s on the verge of becoming a solid NFL quarterback.

Now Or Never For Vince Young

So in my opinion, this is it for Young – his last shot at redemption. It’s his fourth year in the league and he’s had ample opportunity to prove himself already. But just for good measure he’s going to be given one more shot. Personally, I don’t see him doing it. I’m just not seeing his mental and physical skills coming together in a way that he’ll be a solid starting NFL quarterback. His raw talent may keep him in the league as a backup or rebuilding project for some teams in the coming years, but if he can’t show that he has potential as a starter with the remainder of this year, I don’t think anyone else is going to look at him as a starting NFL quarterback.

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