I doubt anyone really questions Vince Young’s talent and ability as a quarterback. Anyone who watched the Titans in 2006 and 2007 knows Vince is gifted and had a great deal of potential… potential that was derailed by some bad choices and some pretty serious distractions.
Vince says he’s matured greatly, but that brings up a couple questions. If Vince has matured why didn’t things work out with the Eagles and Bills, and what might make things different in Green Bay?
The Eagles and the Bills each gave Vince a year and then dropped him. In Buffalo, Vince was served legal papers near the practice facility and the Bills organization reportedly received collections calls. It’s possible the Bills brass just decided they didn’t need that kind of distraction. It’s hard to tell. No one knows for sure what happened in Philly, but it must have been bad for the Eagles to pick Trent Edwards over Vince.
I think Texans GM put it best.
“What concerns me is the last two stops, Philadelphia and Buffalo,” Casserly said. “You had two coaching staffs that are known for developing QBs, two spots that, from the outside looking in, you know if you send a quarterback there he usually gets better, and he didn’t. That’s a red flag.”
So, what might make Young’s tenure with the Packers different?
If the issue really is the distractions his legal and financial woes are causing, the Packers organization is uniquely equipped to handle those distractions. Let’s face it, distractions can’t get much bigger than the Brett Favre fiasco.
On the one hand, the organization will roll with anything like debt collection calls. The Packer brass is good at diffusing situations that could become an issue for the team.
More important than that, the Packers are adamant about protecting players from outside pressure and distraction. Amid the chaos of the Brett Favre exit, Packer coaches and front office personnel kept Aaron Rodgers focused on his job. That season Rodgers was so well focused he threw for 4000+ yards and won the hearts of Packer fans everywhere.
If there is a place in the league where Vince can have the best chance at a new life and the best chance of proving himself capable of becoming a starter and a great QB, that place is Green Bay. Whether Vince will be able to surmount the tipping point and get his football career back on track is yet to be seen, but he’s in the best place to attempt that feat.
And Packer fans will be cheering him the whole way.