A lot of people are poo poo'ing Vince Young mostly because he was a bit immature and handled his mistreatment by Jeff Fisher and the Titans staff poorly. If you notice, Fisher, who strikes me as a jerk and who also didn't win anything and was over rated IMHO, is also now gone.
But what about what he did on the field?
These are his stats the past two years:
Year G Comp % Yds TD INT Rating
2010 9 59.6 1255 10 3 98.6
2009 12 58.7 1879 10 7 82.7
This doesn't include his rushing yards. His win loss record is 30 Wins and 17 Losses as a starter
Here are some other tidbits:
• In his first four NFL seasons (2006-09), amassed a 26-13 regular season record as a starter. His .667 winning percentage qualified as the best regular season winning percentage in franchise history and the fourth best among quarterbacks drafted between 2000-2009 (Brady, Rivers and Roethlisberger).
• Has engineered 11 career game-winning performances, leading his team to victory after a fourth-quarter deficit or tie, including six times in 2009.
• Started the final 10 games of the 2009 season, leading the team to an 8-2 finish after the club began the campaign 0-6. Named to the Pro Bowl after completing 152 of 259 passes for 1,879 yards with 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions for a career-high 82.8 passer rating.
• In 2007, directed the team to Wild Card playoff berth, becoming 11th quarterback drafted in first round since 1983 to lead his team to playoffs within his first two seasons.
• In 2006, was named Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America Offensive Rookie of the Year, Sports Illustrated Rookie of the Year, Sporting News Rookie of the Year and Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year (fan voting) after setting every rookie passing record for the franchise, completing 184 of 357 passes for 2,199 yards and 12 touchdowns.
• Additionally gained 552 yards on 83 rushing attempts (6.7 avg.) in 2006, becoming first quarterback in Super Bowl era (1966-present) to rush for 500 yards as rookie. Tied for team high with seven rushing touchdowns, also first for a rookie quarterback in Super Bowl era.
I agree, his accuracy can be improved, but he has the talent to get there. He has the most upside, and in the right situation, I think you could be looking at another Michael Vick type resurgence. Granted, he hasn't hit rock bottom like Vick in Prison, but I think he's motivated to show that he is an elite QB and in the right circumstance, if he was embraced by the coaching staff, his teammates, and the fans he could become an elite QB.
He's better than Kevin Kolb and Kyle Orton. He's also better than anyone we could get in the draft, he is a threat to run with his legs, and would bring some excitement on offense, all things that Ross wants to see. He would probably be released, so he wouldn't cost us a valuable draft pick, and we could still draft A QB in the first round with our first pick if a good developmental one was available, like that fellow from Nevada if we were to trade down, or even Cam Newton who has all the tools to be good if given time to develop.
Could someone tell me what is so wrong with that plan? Keep in mind, I think Jeff Fisher is a douche, and he never wanted Vince Young, but Vince Young still put up good numbers and won a lot of games. I'm not saying he doesn't have some maturing to do, but he's the best available of what's out there if you want to win next year. For example, Chad Henne is very mature, but yet would you rather have him over Vince Young?
He's definitely better than Kevin Kolb who's done nothing in this league, and Kyle Orton has no upside and will always just sort of be mediocre.
What do you think?