Former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow addressed the Vince Young situation with Randy Cross on Sirius NFL Radio Thursday, and said the quarterback probably needed more seasoning before coming to the pro ranks.
Chow, now offensive coordinator at UCLA after being fired by the Titans after the 2007 season, said sitting and watching, like Young is now, is the best thing that probably could happen for Young long-term, if he will use the time and situation wisely.
Young had made remarks earlier this week that caused a firestorm, saying he wanted to compete for the starting job in Tennessee or move on. His agent, Major Adams, later tempered those remarks by saying Young has no desire to be traded.
“I’m convinced, and obviously no one really listens, but you need to stay in college for four, five years because it takes so much to be an NFL quarterback and the more mature and the more certain you are, and that’s becoming obvious with that class that Matt [Leinart] and Jay Cutler seem to be advancing quicker than Vince,” Chow told Cross. “ And I tell you what, I love Vince and we had a nice time together but he needed more seasoning.
"He needed to see more coverages. He needed to see more football before he goes into that high level of NFL play. And I’m convinced that young guys should stay, especially quarterbacks, because the more reps, obviously, the more ready you’re going to be.”
Chow added he still believes Young and Leinart, whom he coached at Southern California, can have success at the NFL level, if they respond to their current situations wisely.
“I think Vince can go a long way. I think the best thing that happened to Vince is what’s happening to him right now, that he gets to sit behind a veteran and hopefully he’ll learn from it,” Chow said. “Hopefully he’ll use this, not as a time, ‘Well, I’m just waiting my turn,’ but rather a time to study and to learn behind a pro like Kerry [Collins] and for Matt to do the same.
"I think they will take it over. I really do. Carson [Palmer] did the same thing, right? He sat for a year behind, was it [Jon] Kitna? And he spent four years in college besides. And then sat a year behind Kitna and then his career took off. I really believe that. I think Matt and Vince have bright futures.”
He also added that despite Young entering the starting lineup and eventually winning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2006, that Young was probably not ready for the situation he was thrown into, at the insistence of owner Bud Adams.
“I remember my time in Tennessee when we were told to play Vince Young. Was Vince ready? Probably not, but he was going to play because that’s what was told,” Chow said.