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Vince Young: Closer To Out Of The NFL Than Elite QB

Ryan Nunez |
January 21, 2011 | 1:11 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Vince Young is as delusional as they come. (Creative Commons)
Vince Young is as delusional as they come. (Creative Commons)
Every NFL athlete is somewhat delusional. He must be in order to make it to the pros.

The odds of making it to the NFL are a bit better than winning the lottery, but are still against the average man. Every player you see on the field on Sundays fought long odds to make it and must feel like he is the best thing since sliced bread -- if for no other reason than to merely survive out there on the field.

That said, one has to worry when he hears the nonsense coming out of Vince Young’s mouth.

In a sit-down interview with ESPN’s Marcellus Wiley earlier this week, Young’s delusional beliefs were on full display.

Asked what kind of relationship he thought he and Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher have, Young said, “I really feel like we have a great relationship.” And by great, he must mean no relationship at all.

 Young was a bit more honest on Jan. 5, when he said Fisher never really trusted him. That is the definition of a “not great” relationship.

The real comment that caught every NFL fan's attention was Young’s assertion that he is an “elite” quarterback.

Regardless of how lax his definition of elite is, even if his definition of elite is merely good enough to be a starting quarterback, this simply is not true.

Vince Young has been a massive disappointment in the NFL. The Titans’ best year in the Vince Young era was 2008, the year he got hurt and barely played.

Following the best statistical year of his pro career, 2008 was supposed to be Young and the Titans’ breakout year. Young had his number 10 retired by the University of Texas on Aug. 30 and was riding high. But reality trumped perception once again.

The reality was that Young was the main reason Tennessee was bounced from the 2007 playoffs. He passed for 138 yards and one interception and rushed for an embarrassing 12 yards in a heartbreaking 17-6 loss to the San Diego Chargers. Tennessee took a 6-0 lead into halftime, but Young was unable to get the offense into the end zone all day and the Titans were blown off the field in the second half.

That brutal playoff loss, was arguably the game that marked Fisher’s loss of confidence in Young. 

When Young went down in the first game of the 2008 season, Fisher must’ve looked at it as a bolt from beyond. He was free to start Kerry Collins and run the ball 300 times with his new “elite” player, rookie running back Chris Johnson.  The Titans had their best season ever, sans Young, going 13-3 with Johnson as the focal point of the offense.

Young’s status as a quality starting quarterback has never recovered.

The truth about Young is that his bread and butter play is the busted play. When a pass play goes awry, and the defense is busy chasing receivers downfield, that's when he is at his best.

Sadly, Young wasn’t even very good on busted plays in 2010. He rushed for a pathetic 125 yards and zero touchdowns in nine games to go with an anemic 1,255 yards passing. That is truly terrible. No quarterback should expect to be a starter in the NFL after a season with those numbers. 

Defined as a scrambling quarterback, the most startling fact about Young is that, looking over his stats, he’s never been much of an impact rusher outside of his rookie year. 

In his first year in the league, he averaged 6.7 yards per carry. Since then, his best average was 5.1 yards per carry in 2009.  Compare that to Michael Vick’s worst (full) season average of 5.9 yards per carry in 2005 and the picture becomes crystal clear.

Vince Young is not an elite quarterback.

In fact, he isn’t that good at all.

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