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Teams are looking at whether Vince Young mishandled money

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Vince Young has been the forgotten man of the quarterback carousel speculation this offseaon.

It’s not because of his play. Young has a lot to work on as a quarterback, but he’s flashed plenty of playmaking ability and production during his career.  Young scares decision makers because of, well, everything else.

Len Pasquarelli of the Sports XChange writes that a few teams are “investigating rumors [Young] may have mishandled his money” and are worried about his perceived lack of maturity.

Mishandling money would hardly be a unique issue for a top-ten pick, so a deeper investigation could indicate a larger problem.

We went back and watched Young’s snaps from 2010.  It wasn’t all perfect, but his play on third downs and his ability to fit the ball into tight windows was impressive.  Take away the baggage, and he’d easily be the top name available this offseason.

If only getting rid of the baggage was so easy.

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47 Responses to “Teams are looking at whether Vince Young mishandled money”
  1. thephantomstranger says: Jun 20, 2011 4:23 PM

    Take away the baggage, and he wouldn’t be available this offseason.

  2. bengalsown says: Jun 20, 2011 4:25 PM

    This is ridiculous. The league wouldn’t have enough players if it required that each player handle their finances responsibly.

  3. lovemesumlions says: Jun 20, 2011 4:25 PM

    Someone will give him another shot simply based on his ability, but what a tool he’s appeared to be.

  4. lloydcarr1997 says: Jun 20, 2011 4:26 PM

    I would of bet the farm that this guy was going to be a star coming out of college. I cant understand how Arizona is more interested in a 36 year old Mark Bulger then VY.

  5. bears0492 says: Jun 20, 2011 4:26 PM

    Put ‘em in washington and he’ll thrive in Shanahan’s offense… Either that or he’ll make a big mistake and go through the Albert Haynesworth treatment.

    Unless, of course, the skins really want to have John Beck starting next season..

  6. trbowman says: Jun 20, 2011 4:27 PM

    He’s a better quarterback than half of the starters in the league. I’m amazed his market isn’t bigger.

  7. panther74 says: Jun 20, 2011 4:30 PM

    I still think he will get a shot somewhere…it just wont be with any team that has already drafted a QB ( like my PANTHERS)…reason being, he wants to start and nobody is gonna trust him to “MOLD” their young QB…+ he has years left in his arms and legs to play….so forget about Carolina, Minnesota, Cincinatti, Jacksonville>>>>LOOK OUT RAIDERS HERE HE COMES!

  8. eaglesfan290 says: Jun 20, 2011 4:34 PM

    How bad do you have to mess up with your “MONEY” before it becomes an issue to a GM? Wow he much have messed it up really bad!

  9. jcg23 says: Jun 20, 2011 4:35 PM

    The guy is mentally weak. Everything else doesn’t matter. Everytime he’s faced anything that he didn’t want to do, he’s cracked.

  10. smokinjoes91 says: Jun 20, 2011 4:40 PM

    VY still has good football in him. He showed improvement in his passing game during his time in Tennessee. If he can stay healthy, with emphasis on the “if”, screw his head on right, and pair up with the right coach/team, I think he definitely has the talent and ability to help a club win some games. As a Titans fan, I’m glad it will be somewhere else honestly. I think the way he mishandled adversity, both on the road and at home, says a lot about his character.

  11. terminatorlikesmaids says: Jun 20, 2011 4:40 PM

    Wait a second, I thought the radiers were going to get McNabb, and Burress, and Ocho, and Pryor…..now VY. How many players can they sign.

  12. nahcouldntbethat says: Jun 20, 2011 4:41 PM

    You have to be a leader to be a QB not just a great athlete who performs well under pressure.

    Vince Young’s immaturity issues, loosely defined as an unwillingness to buckle down and work hard off the field and unwillingness to take a serious leadership role in the lockerroom, have held him back so far.

    His play on the field has kept him viable, because everything else aside there are very few people you’d rather have directing that last minute drive to win the game. He’s that good. He’s Ben Roethlisberger good in that situation.

    Hopefully as he gets older he’ll begin to really mature as he looks around the locker room at all the young faces coming in the door and then leaving pretty quickly. Life’s short and wasting what he has would be a real shame.

  13. rc33 says: Jun 20, 2011 4:41 PM

    VY handles tough times…or seemingly, any adversity at all…about as well as Paris Hilton.

    Do I think the guy can play?
    Yes
    Would I have serious reservations about him being a long term answer at QB?
    Positively.

  14. cosanostra71 says: Jun 20, 2011 4:44 PM

    VY is incredibly overrated… one bowl game over 5 years ago and people act like it was the norm for him, not the outlier.

  15. 00reo says: Jun 20, 2011 4:45 PM

    VY’s main problems are maturity, emotional strength and lack of work ethic. I remember talk of him skipping meetings before playing Pit and then after the season (no shocker) out comes stuff about how he wasn’t prepared during the game and was calling protections that didn’t match the formations and such… and got benched b/c of it.

  16. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jun 20, 2011 4:47 PM

    Teams are questioning a player’s misuse of money during negotiations of a multi-billion dollar CBA. Really?

    Think of all the garbage out there that GM’s sign and toss money away on a yearly basis and they’re questioning misuse of money?

  17. zoxitic says: Jun 20, 2011 4:55 PM

    “Mishandling money” is code term for gambling.

  18. cletusvandam says: Jun 20, 2011 4:58 PM

    VY should let Charlie Batch and Mark Brunell invest the money he didn’t “mishandle”

  19. joetoronto says: Jun 20, 2011 4:59 PM

    Len Pasquarelli of the Sports XChange writes that a few teams are “investigating rumors [Young] may have mishandled his money” and are worried about his perceived lack of maturity.
    **************************************************
    Perceived, a perceived lack of maturity???

    How obvious can it be?

  20. childressrulz says: Jun 20, 2011 5:07 PM

    I said after the bowl game that he wouldn’t amount to anything in the NFL. His speed carried him in college and that is gone for the most part. The speed he did have was not as effective in the NFL because those people are much faster. People are always looking for the “hybrid” QB. These are a myth if you don’t have accuracy, a big arm, a good head to read secondarys and blitzes, and you should be 6-2 or taller you should be playing a different position. Allowing these kids to think they can play NFL QB instead of runningback is starting to cost these idiot owners a lot of money.

  21. scott8nj says: Jun 20, 2011 5:24 PM

    He is capable of playing QB but not capable of being a leader. It’s hard to have faith in someone who has been as mentally fragile as he has been.

  22. bunjy96 says: Jun 20, 2011 5:27 PM

    His head and body aren’t equals.

    If he could fix his head, he just might prove some people wrong.

    So far he has made not effort to do so, so why should should anyone hope he will in the future? Not likely.

  23. TurdSandwich says: Jun 20, 2011 5:32 PM

    VY played a huge role in dividing The Titans locker room against the coaching staff. This is why coaches want nothing to do with this turd.

  24. philwauke says: Jun 20, 2011 5:38 PM

    Is making it rain considered mishandling?

  25. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jun 20, 2011 5:52 PM

    As a Texans fan i’ve seen what he can do first hand when he puts his mind towards a goal. It’s sad that he’s troubled by off the field issues. As much as I hated watching him torch the texans for 30 yard end of the game td runs. I respect players with talent, VY has talent and could be good. Disapointing to see how it turned out though.

  26. sdffa11 says: Jun 20, 2011 5:57 PM

    if my boss/manager/owner of the company i worked for told me how to spend my money, i’d tell him to “F off and mind his own f*cking business”.

    since when do employers or even the public have any right to tell another human being how to spend their money.

  27. tdk24 says: Jun 20, 2011 6:01 PM

    Brunell is still in the league. Nuff said.

  28. dirtdawg55 says: Jun 20, 2011 6:27 PM

    Sdffa11, if you were an actual asset to your boss’ company, integral to it’s profitability and public reputation, your boss would have every right to look into your finances to see if that would be problematic for your boss.

    But you don’t have to worry about that.

  29. backinblack67 says: Jun 20, 2011 6:46 PM

    A prime example of what will never amount to crap as a QB in the NFL.

  30. burntorangehorn says: Jun 20, 2011 6:48 PM

    Or it could just be Len Pastabelli’s usual anti-Texas agenda.

  31. pizzon says: Jun 20, 2011 6:59 PM

    just how ridiculous are people really. all Im concerning myself with is can this guy be a productive player and help my organization win football gms and the answer to that question in my mind is yes. what you spend your money on in your free time is nobody’s business. sounds to me like a smear campaign is taking place to possibly run this guy out of the league

  32. pizzon says: Jun 20, 2011 7:02 PM

    I dont hear any of this crap about matt leinart and how bad he is. he doesnt give anybody at chance to win a thing. sounds like the good ol boy network is alive and well.

  33. professorhey says: Jun 20, 2011 7:06 PM

    Zoxitic may be on to something. As long as it the money was spent legally, there’s not much reason for an owner to care, but if the player was involved in gambling, especially on football or, I guess on illegal contests like animal fighting, the player could be facing a potential suspension.

    Or, this could be another part of the noise around the rookie wage scale. “See, Vince Young failed to achieve because we paid him too much too soon!”

    Depends on who it’s coming from, which is why anonymous sources suck and should be avoided as much as possible.

  34. hobartbaker says: Jun 20, 2011 9:28 PM

    LOL, the team’s that paid Vince, JaMarcus, Reg Bush, Charles Rogers, etc., are “investigating” him for “mishandling money”?

  35. stonedwhitetrash says: Jun 20, 2011 9:29 PM

    Could it be that he is developmentally disabled

  36. TurdSandwich says: Jun 20, 2011 9:57 PM

    @sdffa11,
    Where does there article say any team is telling him what to do with his money?

  37. t16rich says: Jun 20, 2011 9:58 PM

    wait. atleast half of this leagues players mishandle money and vince young is the one who catches the criticism for it? hahahaha.

  38. rajbais says: Jun 20, 2011 10:19 PM

    VY hasn’t done enough to go broke!!!

    Obviously, Rosenthal is showing us that Pasquarelli’s sources are drying up like VY’s time in Tennessee.

  39. bigbenh8tr says: Jun 20, 2011 10:21 PM

    childressrulz says:
    These are a myth if you don’t have accuracy, a big arm, a good head to read secondarys and blitzes, and you should be 6-2 or taller you should be playing a different position. Allowing these kids to think they can play NFL QB instead of runningback is starting to cost these idiot owners a lot of money.

    Vince Young 6-5
    Michael Vick 6-0
    Peyton Manning 6-5
    Drew Brees 6-0
    Tom Brady 6-4
    Donovan Mcabb 6-2

    Please watch more football and form real sentences.

  40. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Jun 20, 2011 10:39 PM

    scott8nj says:
    Jun 20, 2011 5:24 PM
    He is capable of playing QB but not capable of being a leader.

    ——————————-

    I am afraid that the two are not separable….

    VY is a mental midget which should be obvious to anyone with two functioning brain cells…

    Another proud product of UT! ha ha ha

  41. melonnhead says: Jun 21, 2011 12:27 AM

    So again, one guy is broke and he made bad investments. Another guy is broke and he mismanaged his money.

  42. peanutbutter&jelly says: Jun 21, 2011 1:13 AM

    i’d like to know what exactly he’s accused of doing with his money? i’m like a lot of posters when it comes to v.y. he’s got talent but he’s also a head case. but the story is about how he has misused his money but it does not say for what,what’s up with that greg?

  43. cesquire says: Jun 21, 2011 7:17 AM

    The trouble with Vince Young is that he is slow, not physically slow but mentally slow. Anyone who needs to retake the Wonderlic because he scored illiterate is going to need another 4-5 years to learn a new offensive system, just like he did in Tennessee.

  44. blackqbwhiterb says: Jun 21, 2011 8:38 AM

    Shanny, Don’t Do It!!! Please don’t do it!
    If Shanny, Allen and Snyder sign him, I will post on youtube a video of me burning my Redskins jerseys and memorabilia and root for another team….It’s been close for several years, the front office simply refuses to do what they obviously need.
    Signing Donovan was stupid and obviously doomed to fail, just like so many others in the last 10 years. If I can see the obvious and they cannot, I will simply be unable to support them anymore.
    Plus all this season I will be forced to watch how well Blaine Gabbert, Andy Dalton, and every other QB we failed to pick that was available does while I got Beck/Grossman/Whomever

  45. cornersss says: Jun 21, 2011 8:51 AM

    “The guy is mentally weak”

    Nah, he may have some mental problems. But you dont become a top #10 qb in the nfl if you were mentally weak.

    Hes mostly immature,which takes time if he didn’t have the right support as a growing man. Trust me.

  46. cornersss says: Jun 21, 2011 8:54 AM

    “VY is incredibly overrated… one bowl game over 5 years ago and people act like it was the norm for him, not the outlier.

    His stats the last 2 years say other wise. 20-10 td to int in his last 20 games with a 90 qb rating average over those games. Also had 400 yards and 2 rushing tds in those 20 games.

    How is this overrated?

  47. cornersss says: Jun 21, 2011 8:59 AM

    “The trouble with Vince Young is that he is slow, not physically slow but mentally slow. Anyone who needs to retake the Wonderlic because he scored illiterate is going to need another 4-5 years to learn a new offensive system, just like he did in Tennessee.”

    Im not sure its like that with veteran qb’s that have shown ability already. More likely to happen coming out of college.

    I dont think VY would have a problem going to a run first team. He would be perfect considering he can throw the long ball also and has legs.

    The good thing is hes already learned to throw first, run second. THATS the hard part for athletic qb’s to overcome

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