Vince Young has been accused of many things in his career, but not many of them have been humility.
But the former first-round pick and utterer of the Philadelphia “Dream Team” moniker now sounds like a different person, as he tries to reset his career and win a backup job with the Bills.
“The biggest thing is it’s not about me, it’s not about me at all,” Young said, via Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. “It’s where I can go in and help. My biggest thing is trying to change perception and who I am as a person. I love the game of football.
“It’s a one-year deal, but it’s an opportunity to play the game that I love. That’s my biggest thing.”
Young’s playing catch-up, competing with Tyler Thigpen for the job without the benefit of experience in the Bills’ system.
“He has done a very good job considering the circumstances,” Bills coach Chan Gailey said. “He had to come in and try to learn all of that stuff. It’s very difficult. It would not have been as hard two years ago, but we are in so much more of an advanced stage now than we were two years ago. He is trying to learn what the base concepts are and how we have advanced to where we are today without the benefit of going through the baby steps.
“ It has been tough on him but he has got a natural feel for playing the position. That is going to be another good battle in camp.”
After the Titans gave up on him, and how poorly he played in three starts with the Eagles last year, it’s no surprise Young is scrambling.
But he sounds like he understands the challenge, and is willing to accept it.