Boclair: VY well-suited to NFL’s emerging philosophy

Monday, January 7, 2013 at 10:05pm

The NFL is all about the quarterback.

This is not news to anyone. It has been that way for years, and it is the case now more than ever. There are the rules that favor the passing game. There are more big, fast, hyper-athletic wide receivers coming into the league every year, and teams increasingly find new ways to involve tight ends in the passing attack as well.

That’s why in 2011 Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford all passed for more than 5,000 yards — an unprecedented trifecta that had statisticians scrambling to keep their spreadsheets current. That’s why this fall Detroit’s Calvin Johnson set the league record for receiving yards in a season with 1,964.

Simply put: You can’t win in the NFL without a high-quality quarterback. Just ask the Arizona Cardinals or the Kansas City Chiefs or the New York Jets or any number of other teams

However, no longer is it necessary to try to find the next Brady or Peyton Manning. Oh sure, teams gladly
will take one if he’s out there — just ask the Indianapolis Colts — but it’s not like those guys come along every day.

The good news for other franchises is that Tim Tebow showed what the spread option offense can do in the NFL when he got the Denver Broncos to the postseason and won a game in 2011. Others jumped on board this year with more proficient passers, and the opening weekend of the playoffs featured Washington’s Robert Griffin III and Seattle’s Russell Wilson running, to some degree, a spread option attack. Waiting in the divisional round is San Francisco and Colin Kaepernick and a similar approach.

Expect even more teams to jump on board next season. And expect Vince Young to be involved somewhere.

That’s right, Vince Young. The same guy who tweeted advice to current Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker during one game this season, and a week or two later let the Cardinals know — through the social media site — that he was available and thought he could help.

It was mere months ago that it seemed like Young’s time in the NFL was up. He was released by the Buffalo Bills after having flopped a year earlier with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Maybe he was just ahead of his time.

Recall that the Titans’ 2006 first-round draft pick was the offensive rookie of the year that season, and it was not because he completed 51.5 percent of his passes or threw more interceptions (13) than touchdown passes (12). It was because he was something different. He was someone difficult to defend because he could run the ball — and he helped the Titans win.

He rushed for 552 yards and seven touchdowns, and Tennessee was among the league’s top five rushing teams, just as it was in the other two seasons he was the primary starter (2007 and 2009). He won eight of 13 starts as a rookie and had a 30-17 record before he was released.

Granted, if it simply was a question of athletic gifts Young still would be in the NFL. He has baggage beyond just questionable footwork and a flawed throwing motion to overcome.

Now, though, teams have reason to want to take a chance for him. His particular skill set no longer is a square peg in a league of round-hole offenses.

He doesn’t need every team to think he can do it. He simply needs one that is willing to sign him and tailor its scheme to him.

Given the importance of the quarterback in the NFL, it seems likely someone will do exactly that. If he can’t stick — and succeed — now, he never will.

8 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 1/7/13 at 11:13

This is one of the most offensive articles against the need for intelligence that the CP has ever written.

The article in praising the athletic talents of Vince Young completely ignores the fact that Vince Young and a gerbel may share the same IQ.

By: curson4life on 1/8/13 at 1:05

Great article...Highlighted Vince's problems while also praising him for his accomplishments. If Rex Grossman, Matt Leinart, Chad Henne, David Carr, Kevin Kolb, Ryan Fitzpatrick , Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, and Matt Cassell can be in the league, Vince should be in the league...None of these stiffs are as decorated as him or have won as many ball games as him.

By: GuardianDevil01 on 1/8/13 at 6:08

1. The Broncos won last year in spite of, not because of, Tim Tebow.
2. Vince Young does (currently) not read defenses well enough to run an option-type offense at the pro level.

Any team that signs Young is going to have to invest heavily in terms of time and coaching, both on and off the field. My opinion is that, as with Tebow, he was mishandled by the Titans from the day he was drafted. He was and remains a project. Does he understand that he is a project, and is he a project that any team deems worth undertaking? I was a fan while he was here and would like to see him succeed, but these are the facts as I see them. Good luck, VY.

By: courier37027 on 1/8/13 at 7:01

I agree with this article, especially if NFL's emerging player leadership philosophies includes sideline meltdowns, refusing to play, going into hiding after a game. That's okay, because Vince Young now has time to spend with McNair's kids, as he pledged so at the funeral.

This article is an insult to most Titans fans, but Pulitzer Prize worthy for Vince Young's biggest fan, TITAN1.

By: jwk6179 on 1/8/13 at 9:11

I always thought that David Boclair was like the rest of the Nashville Sports Media (George Plaster, Terry McCormick, John Dwyer, Corey Curtis, et al), praising Vince Young when he was a member of the Tennessee Titans, but then stating they were never a fan of Vince Young now that he is out of the league. Apparently, he is not. Do you owe Vince Young a favor? Or does Vince Young owe you money, so by PRAISING HIM and rooting for him to get back in the NFL, he will be able to pay you back? That's the only reason I can see for this article.

By: TerrBob on 1/9/13 at 4:47

Vince never had any "attitude problems" before or since Jeff Fisher. He loves his teammates and he loves winning. Too, bad he was drafted by Bud Adams and forced on to Fisher. Tennessee fans were ripped off by Jeff Fisher and they still don't get it.
Young is the QB deal of the century. There are 20 teams in the league who'd be better with Vince Young as their starting QB + a head coach who supports him. That is something that has never been seen, yet, in the NFL.

By: curson4life on 1/9/13 at 3:58

Jeff Fisher is a career 500 coach who gets treated as if he is Bill Walsh. By keeping Fisher 16 years Bud proved he is committed to mediocrity. For all Vince's faults which were many, there is no reason he isn't playing in this league right now...Especially when you consider all the stiffs who are 2nd and 3rd string quarterbacks.

By: TITAN1 on 1/11/13 at 10:12

TerrBob, where is VY today?