The Titans decided on Wednesday they’re a better team without QB Vince Young.
The Titans will trade (however unlikely) or release Young, but what’s done is done. There’s no better time than the present to speculate where he could end up in 2011.
Young, 27, could still be a good fit for a team willing to build an offense around his skill set and athletic ability. Where would he fit best? A run-heavy system, geared to set up the play-action pass that doesn’t rely on outscoring opponents and features a defensive-minded game plan. Young is at his best moving out of the pocket and utilizing his big arm. A pocket passer, he is not. With Young, a team must be willing to sacrifice completion percentage and converting third downs because of his inaccuracy in exchange for the big play.
Here’s one blogger’s list of six teams where it makes sense to take a look at Young:
6. Buffalo Bills
Really, what exactly is there to lose? Offensive mind Chan Gailey seems to get the best out of whatever he has.
5. Oakland Raiders
Al Davis taking a chance on a former first-round pick? That’s just crazy talk. The Raiders are always on these lists, because we just don’t know what he will do next. Again, the next head coach will determine the direction here, but some things make sense. The running game was explosive with Darren McFadden, Young could utilize TE Zach Miller as a nice intermediate target, with the speed of Jacoby Ford and DHB extending the defense.
4. Carolina Panthers
The Panthers were constructed as a run-first team under John Fox with Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, and beyond Steve Smith a lot of inexperience at receiver. The X-factor here is the unknown of the next head coach. But bringing in Young just doesn’t feel like a Wayne Weaver type of move.
3. Washington Redskins
Unless you think Rex Grossman will really open next season as the starter or Donovan McNabb will be back, the Redskins are in need of a quarterback. Mike Shanahan’s offenses are always predicated on running the ball first. But Young had trust issues with Jeff Fisher, and Shanahan’s handling of players — Albert Haynesworth to Donovan McNabb — show he might not be the best fit for the emotional Young.
2. Minnesota Vikings
New head coach Leslie Frazier wants to run, run, run, with Adrian Peterson as the centerpiece. Percy Harvin is versatile, and Sidney Rice can go get badly-thrown passes. Like they did last summer, the Vikings might convince themselves the window is open for one more season. Ask yourself: Is Young better than Joe Webb?
1. Miami Dolphins
Would hinge on the future of Tony Sparano, which doesn’t appear too solid at this point. There doesn’t seem to be faith in Chad Henne. Is Tyler Thigpen the answer? Pairing Young with Ronnie Brown (who wants to return), Ricky Williams (who sounds like he’s on his way out) and the versatile Davone Bess seems attractive. The Sparano/Jeff Ireland front office showed they’re willing to take chances with the huge contract for Brandon Marshall.
Honorable mentions: Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals.
NFL Network insider Michael Lombardi will have a more comprehensive piece on Young’s future and what team would constitute the best fit for his skills on NFL.com on Friday. Be on the lookout for that, it’s sure to be a must-read.
Until then … what team makes the most sense as a landing spot for Young?