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Vince Young flashes his potential

Vince-Young.jpgMaybe the guy with the Uncle Rico throwing motion really can throw the ball over them mountains.

Two years ago, during or after a Monday night game between the Titans and the Saints, we argued that Tennessee should take the training wheels off Young, allowing him to use an arm that can launch rockets with the flick of a wrist to stretch the field.

Tonight, in his hometown of Houston, Young got the green light.

Late in the first quarter, he threw a beautiful pass, in seemingly effortless fashion.  Though receiver Nate Washington let the ball glance off his hands, the point had been made — Young has a ton of potential.  The challenge for him and the coaching staff will be to tap into it, and then to maximize it.

Young shook off the drop and continued to march the team toward the end zone, capping the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to rookie Kenny Britt on third and three.

The game between old Houston and new Houston is currently tied at seven.

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48 Responses to “Vince Young flashes his potential”
  1. ShruggingGalt says: Nov 23, 2009 9:41 PM

    Well, maybe all he needed was a very long timeout on the sidelines to contemplate the difference between the Big 12 and the NFL.

  2. GiorgioMustica says: Nov 23, 2009 9:43 PM

    you guys can say what you want about Vince….but the guy flat-out knows how to win games….he doesn’t wow you with stats, but he does enough to drive the team down field and put them in position to score….he shouldn’t have been benched at all to Collins, regardless of their record last year. Fisher should be fired for leaving this versatile threat on the bench for so long. GO COLTS!!!

  3. Rex Grossman says: Nov 23, 2009 9:45 PM

    “Two years ago, during or after a Monday night game between the Titans and the Saints, we argued that Tennessee should take the training wheels off Young, allowing him to use an arm that can launch rockets with the flick of a wrist to stretch the field.”
    Ok?

  4. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 23, 2009 9:54 PM

    Limbaugh was right, as much as I hate saying it, the mainstream media bends over backwards to hype up black qb’s.
    Young will always be a middle of the pack QB plagued by poor decision making. He wins games? Sure, against bad teams with a good supporting cast that they should win.
    Scoring a 6 on the wonderlic should have raised more eyebrows. Guy just doesn’t have the brainpower to be highly successful in the NFL.
    He sure is not close to D. McNabb. McScabb deserves the hype, shame he plays in that sh**hole town of Philly. He’d be loved anywhere else.

  5. BleedGreen says: Nov 23, 2009 9:55 PM

    So why is it that like, 5 weeks ago, the media was saying much of a bust VY was, and he was terrible, stupid, immature, irresponsible, and couldn’t play. Jeff Fisher was right, Bud Adams was butting in and FORCING Fisher to play Young… and now he’s great, and has crazy potential, and will be awesome.
    Such hypocrites you guys are, seriously.

  6. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 23, 2009 9:59 PM

    The way Gruden is drooling all over him you would think he was a for sure hall of famer.
    Thank goodness espn radio broadcasts. Too much man-love from the broadcast booth is making me sick.

  7. VoxVagina says: Nov 23, 2009 10:02 PM

    I never doubted VY. Had his jerse since day 1. aand i’m not even a Titans fan.

  8. tian says: Nov 23, 2009 10:12 PM

    Vince looks good. He looks confident and poised. Good work, so far.

  9. Richm2256 says: Nov 23, 2009 10:16 PM

    So VY can throw a longball ………
    do we put him in the HOF now????

  10. GiorgioMustica says: Nov 23, 2009 10:17 PM

    @ SmackMyVickUp
    you are incredibly dumb. I suppose when he beat Indy he was facing a bad team then too. He completely makes the defense wonder if he’s gonna run or throw, and can make all the throws. 21-11 as a starter. He will develop into a better QB as time goes on. Brian Griese, Matt Leinart, and Omar Jacobs have way higher scores than Peyton Manning on wonderlic scores. Guess that makes them better…..

  11. ParkerFly says: Nov 23, 2009 10:24 PM

    GiorgioMustica are you crazy? It’s pretty obvious that Young’s benching is exactly what he needed, and he benefited greatly from it.

  12. Canyonero says: Nov 23, 2009 10:25 PM

    “… the point had been made — Young has a ton of potential.”
    That’s not a point. That’s the storyline of Vince Young’s entire pro career.
    How many times tonight have Jaws, Chucky and Tirico mentioned Vince’s “rookie of the year” honors? It does sound impressive, except for a few things:
    1. That prize almost always goes to a quaterback.
    2. Young was a huge star coming out of college the NFL had a big stake in promoting.
    3. No other rookie QB did as well that year.
    Frankly, I hope Young matures into a great QB, because I love the game and have no axe to grind either way. But I don’t really think it’ll ever happen.

  13. VanKush says: Nov 23, 2009 10:26 PM

    couldn’t you wait for him to fumble?

  14. Hooby says: Nov 23, 2009 10:32 PM

    young mcnabb, anyone?

  15. GiorgioMustica says: Nov 23, 2009 10:33 PM

    Young could always makes those throws….He seems to be more poised and confidant now then before, but his benching was for that off-the-field spiel and injury, not his QB play. He was looking real good, including winning rookie of the year. That’s like benching Joe Flacco or Matt Ryan right now. Can’t expect a young QB to be a stud in their 2nd year. Sure, it’s happened, but can’t expect that to happen.

  16. chunky soupy sales says: Nov 23, 2009 10:35 PM

    “Limbaugh was right, as much as I hate saying it, the mainstream media bends over backwards to hype up black qb’s.
    Young will always be a middle of the pack QB plagued by poor decision making. He wins games? Sure, against bad teams with a good supporting cast that they should win.
    Scoring a 6 on the wonderlic should have raised more eyebrows. Guy just doesn’t have the brainpower to be highly successful in the NFL.
    He sure is not close to D. McNabb. McScabb deserves the hype, shame he plays in that sh**hole town of Philly. He’d be loved anywhere else.”
    No actually this proves why Limpbaugh was WRONG. Donovan was the one he busted on to prove his ” point”.
    The only shitty black QB that got too much media hype is Vick, who always was simply a sideshow.
    As for Vince gettoing a chance, good. Plenty of bad white QB’s keep getting them.
    As for wonderlic scores? Todd Husak had a 39 score
    and Ryan Leaf had a 27. For what it’s worth.

  17. ShruggingGalt says: Nov 23, 2009 10:36 PM

    @Van Kush:
    He didn’t fumble. He had possession for 0.3 seconds while on the ground, therefore the refs messed up, and should have called the play dead.
    Plus he was intentionally fouled when he didn’t have possession (on the way down) which should have drawn a yellow flag.
    /sarc off

  18. Huskersrule says: Nov 23, 2009 10:39 PM

    Look I always said I think Vince would be a bust and 3-4 games of average play has not changed my mind. However, if and when he proves to me I am wr-wr-wr-wrong. I will gladly man up and admit it. I suggest you do the same Florio; you have been busting his chops for years. Be a man and stand by your opinion and if he success take you hat off to him and admit the obvious. However, I still think he is going to fall on his ass.

  19. ftomeo says: Nov 23, 2009 10:45 PM

    Michael Vick would prove his potential every damn game too, but in both cases, their strengths are also their weaknesses. Young maybe an exciting football player, but I haven’t seen a great quarterback yet.

  20. csloan99 says: Nov 23, 2009 11:02 PM

    Vince Young is a pure-born WINNER. He can put up 30 or 300 yards and still win the game on his own back. I’m so sick of hearing all about Cutler — let’s hear more about Vince! Looks like the game has slowed down for him. His team has gone from 0-6 to possibly 4-6 tonight…how can you make ANY excuses for that?

  21. evilmajortom says: Nov 23, 2009 11:13 PM

    SmackMyVickUp –
    I think Gruden just wants Jeff Fisher’s job

  22. AllDayBigD says: Nov 23, 2009 11:17 PM

    woot Kenny Britt gets his 1st TD

  23. inthetrenches says: Nov 23, 2009 11:20 PM

    “Rex Grossman says: November 23, 2009 9:45 PM
    “Two years ago, during or after a Monday night game between the Titans and the Saints, we argued that Tennessee should take the training wheels off Young, allowing him to use an arm that can launch rockets with the flick of a wrist to stretch the field.”
    Ok?”
    Oh I see that you don’t quite understand the point of this sentence. Let me help you.
    “Rex Grossman says: I’m an idiot and a moron.”
    Wait, did anyone see what I did there?? That was a close one.

  24. GiorgioMustica says: Nov 23, 2009 11:35 PM

    @ CSLOAN99
    i COMPLETELY agree with you…..there are tons of people out there that still back Cutler….the guy has NEVER finished with a record over .500 for his career….for some reason, he gets ALOT of praise while Young doesn’t. I love how Cutler leads the league in INT’s this year….he is fla-out TERRIBLE

  25. sim448 says: Nov 23, 2009 11:45 PM

    i am glad he is back just to hear uncle rico jokes again. i think that might be the best character of the last 20 years.

  26. extreme469 says: Nov 23, 2009 11:54 PM

    sorry but Vince is not an nfl qb…he might have a few good games but consistently he will not be the answer for any team.

  27. dlmcc0909 says: Nov 24, 2009 12:11 AM

    Young absolutely needed to start this season on the bench. The guy wasnt mature. What your seeing now is someone who obviously has grown up. None of us will ever know what flipped his on switch, but it took until this season for it to happen. Maybe its the large option he wants the Titans to pick up after the season. Maybe he just didnt want to be another waste of talent. Who knows. But you have to respect a man who gets his head on straight and begins to put it together.
    While its way too early to consider Young a great QB, hes at least heading in the right direction. Not many of us honestly thought he would going into the season. Glad hes proving us all wrong though.

  28. MasterShake says: Nov 24, 2009 12:27 AM

    “Vince Young flashes his potential”
    After someone said yes when he asked:
    Wanna see my baby?

  29. shaggeez says: Nov 24, 2009 12:27 AM

    vy doesnt need to go throw for 300 yards. he’s going to be a 175 yard/game passing with 25-50 rushing yards. when you have a dynamic rb like chris johnson, you don’t exactly need a 300 yard passer. and it’s the stats that are beyond the basic numbers. the team has an extra 7 minutes of time of possession under vince per game. that’s 7 minutes that the defense isn’t getting worn down, that’s 7 minutes that the opposing team’s defense is getting worn down. and you see how many 3rd downs he is able to convert with his legs, something kerry collins isn’t exactly known for haha.
    and besides that, with so many people keying in on vince young, it really opens some lanes for chris johnson. you see less blitzes, mostly zone coverage with qb spy. it’s easily the most exciting backfield in the nfl and you see defenses really struggling to adapt to having to cover both cj and vy.
    8-0 in his last 8 starts. not many qbs can say that

  30. titansfan615 says: Nov 24, 2009 12:33 AM

    Say what you want about Vince, when he beats your team, it will just piss you off more that you got beat by a “bad” quarterback. Go Titans!

  31. Dogwon'thunt says: Nov 24, 2009 12:40 AM

    Vince Young is winning ball games. I don’t understand why some people are having problems with his success. Vince being successful or not has no bearing on anyone contributing to this thread. It’s kind of pathetic that some people are so personally hurt by the fact that he is helping the Titans to win ball games. So what if he’s never going to make it into the HOF. So what if he doesn’t have a 140+ passer rating and 300+ yards/game. He’s winning the games that he’s playing in. He may still turn out to be a bust, or he may get better. Something will happen. Quit being so sensitive about someone else’s success. Are your lives really that miserable?

  32. big dog says: Nov 24, 2009 3:52 AM

    hes back and he is good the titens would have been next super bowl champions if they would have started him right a way and the people who dont think hes good dont now any thing about foot ball he has won the last 8 games hes played and when webeat the colts and vince young makes us 10_6 then all of you guys will shut up

  33. JSpicoli says: Nov 24, 2009 5:44 AM

    VY has been flashing his potential since day one of his career.

  34. goJags says: Nov 24, 2009 6:59 AM

    As a Jags Fan, thats the best thing that could happen to AFC South other than the Titans. He is winning because of the running game threat from CJ. I wish they extend VY’s contract and get tied to him Just like we did on Garrard.

  35. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Nov 24, 2009 7:23 AM

    I’ve never been a fan of this guy but that throw to Washington was off the hook.
    While on the run, he just flicked his wrist and threw a perfect ball deep down field. I had to rewind and have another look.
    GiorgioMustica: You’re out of order. The benching was the best thing for him at the time, period.

  36. NachoBidness says: Nov 24, 2009 8:12 AM

    I think we are underestimating what the death of Steve McNair could have done for the maturing of Vince. They were really close. When your mentor dies the way that McNair did, it’ll wake you up quick.

  37. favrecansuckit says: Nov 24, 2009 8:32 AM

    Wonder if Gruden will replace the Favre poster over his bed with one of VY….seriously don’t think I can listen to another MNF game with that nuthugger announcing.

  38. homercles82 says: Nov 24, 2009 8:39 AM

    It is exciting to watch him play. I hope he can stay sane to have a long career.

  39. tatum32 says: Nov 24, 2009 8:55 AM

    Scoring a 6 on the wonderlic should have raised more eyebrows. Guy just doesn’t have the brainpower to be highly successful in the NFL.
    Brady Quinn and a number of other scrubs have had higher wonderlic scores all-time
    here’s a sampling for you GOD#$N IDIOTS HARPING ON THE WONDERLIC TEST
    Drew Bledsoe: 36
    Tony Romo: 30
    Brian Brohm: 32
    Mike Elkins: 33
    Chuck Hartlieb: 37
    David Klinger: 30
    Terry Bradshaw: 15
    Vince Evans: 8
    Chris Simms: 22
    Alex Smith: 40
    Vinny Testaverte: 17
    Dan Marino: 14
    Dan Marino……14…. Terry Bradshaw…15..
    Chuck Hartleib 37 (we all remember him, right?)
    turn Limbaugh off nuts….. look at Young’s ALL TIME RECORD AS A STARTER….. I cannot believe the idiocy of people, seriously.

  40. Outfoxed says: Nov 24, 2009 9:03 AM

    Hope Vince can move on from here. He has been thru a lot and seems to be coming out of the dark clouds and into the sunlight again.
    Good luck buddy!!

  41. SmackMyVickUp says: Nov 24, 2009 9:57 AM

    look at Young’s ALL TIME RECORD AS A STARTER….. I cannot believe the idiocy of people, seriously.
    —————
    Look at his career stats then ******.
    57.9 comp %
    5587 yards
    25 tds
    34 int
    70.5 qb rating

  42. Warpstone says: Nov 24, 2009 10:05 AM

    Maybe it was Steve Mcnair’s death? Seriously, I’m not trying to be disrespectful, but maybe Mcnair’s death shook Young into adulthood and helped him approach work and life with more dedication.
    Then again, benching probably accounts for that too.

  43. Bo Darville says: Nov 24, 2009 11:09 AM

    12 of 22 for 116 with a victory. He’s Mike Tomczak with legs, folks.

  44. tian says: Nov 24, 2009 11:13 AM

    This is a funny thread. People are actually trying to find reasons to justify the fact that Vince Young shouldn’t be an NFL QB. That is funny.
    First of all, I saw VY read defenses and being patient until the WRs opened up. That’s what you want from a drop-back passer. And I saw it a bunch of times the past few games. It’s obvious to me that he learned a lot while sitting on pine.
    But then, I saw him extending plays with his mobility. And I saw him run. I saw that it created mismatches in the defenses. Oh, and I even saw an NFL-caliber option (which makes total sense because VY is one of the best option QBs ever.)
    So now I ask you: Why shouldn’t a QB run, if they have the skillset? As long as it’s not your first option, what’s wrong with that? Does ALL NFL QBs have to be immobile pitchers that are stiff in the hips? Can they not show athleticism and speed?
    See this is what I thought I was going to see from Michael Vick when he was drafted. I wanted to see a QB that can read defenses, have patience in the pocket- move the pocket, and if all else fails- use the feet. And I also wanted to mix in some DE reads and QB draws and sweeps mixed in too. I saw glimpses, but I didn’t see it consistently. Perhaps it was his skillset. Perhaps it was the system.
    But imagine this: wonder if VY keeps winning playing how he plays. Imagine MV, when he starts in Buffalo next year, improve his skills and wins using his arm and legs. Imagine if they both are winning that way. How different will the QB landscape look?
    (But to be fair- as long as Manning, Brady, and Brees keep playing the way they play; mobile QBs aren’t going to actually win Super Bowls, though. Not until other teams upgrade in other positions, as well.)

  45. Warpstone says: Nov 24, 2009 11:28 AM

    @tian, the only problem with that theory is that most mobile QBs get creamed at some point in the season. It’s hard to stay healthy for 16 games + playoffs the way Young was playing. He did a great job of going to the sidelines and avoiding contact, but it won’t take long before a linebacker or strong safety takes him out of a game.

  46. Route36West says: Nov 24, 2009 1:32 PM

    Come on Florio stop it. You have been saying for about a year and a half that Young is a bust. So now that he is showing his talent you try to qualify what you said by saying “Well I said the Titans should let him throw the ball and show off his arm”. Like him not being allowed to throw the ball was the reason you were calling him a bust.
    Come on admitt it you said he sucked now your back peddling.

  47. DiamondDuq says: Nov 24, 2009 4:19 PM

    It’s this simple:
    Will the Titans, led by Vince Young, ever compete with Peyton’s Colts, Brady’s Patriots, Roethlesberger’s Steelers, River’s Chargers, even Flacco’s Ravens as a viable Super Bowl contender out of the AFC? Probably not but if the Titans are content to win between 8 and 11 games a year for the next 5-7 years with Vince then so be it. I happen to believe teams play to win Super Bowls and that is something VY is never going to do because when push comes to shove, on 3rd and 8, losing in the 4th quarter of an AFC playoff game, he’s going to pull the ball down and run rather than deliver a pass accurately and on time for a first down and any viable playoff team is going to be ready for it and the Titans will be punting, period.

  48. big dog says: Nov 25, 2009 3:16 AM

    are you guys going to shut up when vince young gose 10_6 and beats pantion manings colts vince young is good and if they get him some good wide reciver no in the nfl can compare to watch when he wins a super bowl in a couple of years you guys will act like you like him you guys are stupid though because vince young is one of the best qbs and he makes cj better

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