Vince Young: As the years go on, guys get more mature

AP

Vince Young’s physical talents are obvious, but he has never developed into the kind of leader teams expect their starting quarterbacks to be. But Young, who will turn 29 on Friday, hinted at his introductory press conference as the Bills’ backup quarterback today that he is changing with age.

“As the years go on, guys get more mature. That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned,” Young said.

Whether Young is one of those guys who gets more mature remains to be seen, and if Ryan Fitzpatrick remains healthy and effective we may never see how Young looks with the Bills. But he believes Buffalo is the right place for him to grow as a player.

“I’m anxious to learn even more to make my game even better,” Young said. “All you can do is come in and work. You always have to be ready because you never know what’s going to happen.”

Last year Young offered the single most quoted (and mocked) utterance of the year in the NFL when he referred to the Eagles as the “Dream Team.” This year he says he doesn’t plan to be particularly quotable.

“It’s not about me,” Young said. “I just want to go out and play football and help out any way I can.”

That sounds like a mature approach to the season.

24 responses to “Vince Young: As the years go on, guys get more mature

  1. “As the years go on, guys get more mature. That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned,” Young said.

    he is right but does he realize that all your physical talents slowly fade away as you get older?? and by looking at his pro career up to this point, their is alot to be desired!!!

  2. Hard to believe he’s matured enough since last season to actually make enough of a difference. He will almost undoubtedly be the second string quarterback, and if he handles it like last year then the Bills are in trouble

  3. VY won’t make it to training camp before saying or doing something immature. Anyone who thinks he’s “changed” is foolin’ themselves

  4. 4 TD’s 9 Int’s and 2 Fumbles last season. Vince Young may be more mature mentally, but his on the field play is awful.

  5. Regardless of if he’s changed or not, Young is not a great backup QB, but decent. He really needs to study the playbook nonstop if he wants to show improvement if he gets a shot.

  6. Can’t wait till the season starts… Fitzmagic!!

    I hope Ryan Fitzpatrick proves to the rest of the NFL that having great physical attributes isn’t the only way to win. Hard work, practice, practice, practice and a mind for the game can also dominate. Young might not ever step on the field for anything other than Gailey’s version of the wildcat, and I’m absolutely fine with that. I’d rather win with the 7th round supposed “Back-up” Quarterback than the 1st rounder any day.
    This is Fitz’s team until prov-en otherwise.
    Go Bills!!!! #BillsMafia #Chan-pionship

  7. Yup, but the problem is after you blow so many chances…. Everybody learns you are a waste….

  8. Um bleed4philly? Trust me, he didn’t learn that valuable lesson at your expense. You paid but a small, very small, price … In fact, you guys just paid the tax. Your team didn’t implode and your coaching staff didn’t get blown to hell. That was the price.

  9. EJ says:May 15, 2012 2:04 PM

    Can’t wait till the season starts… Fitzmagic!!

    I hope Ryan Fitzpatrick proves to the rest of the NFL that having great physical attributes isn’t the only way to win. Hard work, practice, practice, practice and a mind for the game can also dominate. Young might not ever step on the field for anything other than Gailey’s version of the wildcat, and I’m absolutely fine with that. I’d rather win with the 7th round supposed “Back-up” Quarterback than the 1st rounder any day.
    This is Fitz’s team until prov-en otherwise.
    Go Bills!!!! #BillsMafia #Chan-pionship
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Sounds great except Fitzpatrick has NEVER won in the NFL and the Bills haven’t won in like 20 years! And if Fitz’s “hard work, practice, practice, practice and a mind for the game” can really dominate, why did he lead the league in interceptions last year? The guy gets way too much credit for being a “smart QB”.

  10. Football is just full of Einsteins

    “As the years go on, guys get more mature” – Vince Young 2012

    The best quote EVER has to be this gem from John Madden
    “Usually the team that scores the most points wins the game”

  11. “As the years go on, guys get more mature. That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned.”

    Translation:

    “If I had been this mature when I started in the NFL and listened to the coaches who had the experience, I’d still be the starting QB in Tennessee and I’d probably have a ring by now.”

    Take a lesson from the Manning brothers… struggled as rookies, listened to their coaches, studied and perfected their game -> regular season and Super Bowl MVPs, Super Bowl rings, endorsements… and you never hear about them on or off the field in any trouble. ‘It ain’t bragging if you can back it up.’

  12. Andy Reid, a proven master at coaching “up” QBs, gave up on lazy, sometimes out of shape Vince Young. Vince Young needed to be dedicated, not being half dressed at nightclubs with his posse. Spoiled in high school and college, never emotionally tough.

    Another concern is that Vince Young is one of many NFL underachievers from the University of Texas. Steve Worster, Johnny Lam Jones, Kenneth Sims and so many other Longhorns failed to make it in the NFL.

    Sadly, Texas’ greatest pro, Earl Campbell, has spent much of his time in a wheelchair for over a decade. At the 2002 Heisman Earl could not get up to be part of the standing ovation for the award winner. A low ball rookie contract financially devastated Campbell, Earl has had a make-work non-job at Texas’s athletic dept for many years to keep food on his table.

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