We suppose it’s fitting that, with one of the top-ten quarterback busts from 2006 in the news as he struggles to avoid sliding to third on the depth chart in Arizona, the other top-ten quarterback bust from 2006 is setting a bar for himself that, given his career to date, is unrealistic to the point of complete and total delusion.
Young, you see, has a prediction for his career. A big one.
“I will be the next black
quarterback to win a Super Bowl,” Young tells Esquire magazine (via Will Brinson FanHouse).
“And I will be in the Hall of Fame.”
To borrow a line from Borat Sagdiev, “Wow-wow-we-wow.”
Hey, maybe Vince Young will suddenly undergo a career transformation in 2009 or not long thereafter. But to make that kind of guarantee seems to confirm that he’s simply not smart enough to be a successful quarterback in the NFL.
In our view, if Young were smart enough to be a successful quarterback in the NFL, Young also would be smart enough to know that the last thing he should be doing at this juncture of his pro career is making boasts of Lombardi Trophies and bronze busts.
Meanwhile, we wonder what more accomplished black quarterbacks like Donovan McNabb think of this assertion from Young. In a roundabout way, Young is saying that none of them will win a Super Bowl before Young gets his act together and carries an entire team to the sport’s ultimate team accomplishment.
Though one thing we’ve learned from watching the NFL is that nothing can be ruled out, we like McNabb’s chances a lot more than Young’s.
And even if Young ends up on track for a Super Bowl win or a bust in Canton, we suggest that he set his sights a tad lower for now.
Becoming a starting quarterback again would be a good place to start.