Vince Young has proven he can play quarterback in the NFL. He’s proven he can win in certain situations. But the real issue concerning Young’s future is that he hasn’t proven he can be a long-term leader of a franchise.
We’ve watched Young have some success in recent seasons. But what has also been proven is that he consistently has trouble against many of the league’s elite defensive teams. In those games it becomes evident, clearly evident, that Young hasn’t developed to a point where he can make reads, perform at a high level and break down the complex defenses. They expose glaring holes in his game.
The NFL’s best defenses will take a one-dimensional quarterback and take away his strengths, which is where Young gets in trouble. Young will read half the field and will either throw deep, check down or run. After that, he has nothing. Go back and look at how he has played against the Steelers and other elite defenses.
And it’s absolutely known throughout the league that Young’s game is limited.
How much better is Young today then when he came out of Texas? He’s really the same player. After defenses figure him out, he doesn’t have another card to play. Young just hasn’t evolved into the type of quarterback who has multiple strengths in his game.
So how much do you invest in a quarterback who you know will look good against half of the teams in the league but will look very bad against the elite teams?
Young has shown he can provide a spark, even for a stretch of several games. But nothing is worse than a quarterback who was taken so high in the draft and has had a little bit of success who believes he’s better than he really is. That’s why there’s such a high level of frustration for the team as well as Young, because the reality doesn’t match the promise of where he came into this league. We’ve seen time and time again that Young can’t handle adversity.
For teams in the market for quarterbacks this offseason, I wouldn’t look at Young as a long-term solution but as another short-term option who can compete for a job. Make him prove it. At the end of the day, you know that while he’s accomplished at this level and he’s a talent, that talent hasn’t led to success because it hasn’t developed.
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