Vince Young's new team might want him to help its defense

Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:46pm

It seems fair to ask whether the Green Bay Packers’ decision Monday to sign Vince Young to a one-year deal had more to do with their defense than their offense.

After all, in Aaron Rodgers the Packers have one of the premier passers in the league. A three-time Pro Bowler and the 2011 NFL MVP, Rodgers is a prototypical pocket passer who has completed 65.7 percent of his throws for his career.

Young, the 2006 offensive rookie of the year while with the Tennessee Titans, has connected on 57.9 percent of his throws and has more interceptions (51) than touchdown passes (46) for his career. He is not the first who comes to mind as someone who could keep the pass-happy Green Bay offense rolling in the event something happens to Rodgers.

Young can run, though. Or at least he could. He rushed for 552 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie and another 395 yards and three touchdowns the following season. In 30 games since he gained just another 512 yards and scored twice on the ground.

Still, the fact that the Packers will play San Francisco and Washington in the first two weeks of the season might explain the move.

The 49ers’ Colin Kapernick and the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III are among the most mobile quarterbacks in the league and their teams rely — sometimes heavily — on the spread option scheme, comparable to the one the University of Texas employed when Young became one of the most productive players in college football history. His ability to run the scout team in advance of those contests might serve the defense well for an organization that is considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

Green Bay had not formally announced the signing, which was widely reported by Monday afternoon.

The third overall pick in the 2006 draft, Young played five seasons with the Titans. He was 30-17 as a starter but was released following the 2010 season after a very public disagreement with then-coach Jeff Fisher during a game with Washington.

He spent 2011 primarily as a backup with Philadelphia, was in training camp with Buffalo last summer but was cut and sat out the season.

13 Comments on this post:

By: courier37027 on 8/6/13 at 5:57

There must be some really nice payday loan and advance businesses in Green Bay.

By: Jughead on 8/6/13 at 7:28

He still cannot learn the playbook. And, he'll have an emotional breakdown and call mommy.

By: NewYorker1 on 8/6/13 at 8:54

The Titans and Fisher tried their best to destroy his career and reputation. Glad to see he’s getting a second chance.

By: jonw on 8/6/13 at 9:30


He did an excellent job of destroying it all by his lonesome.

By: courier37027 on 8/6/13 at 10:06

Green Bay must be where Steve McNaitr's kids are now living. Young promised to be a father figure to them. Philly, Buffalo, now Green Bay: McNair's kids just keep moving.

By: NewYorker1 on 8/6/13 at 10:14

Poor Steve McNair. If he had been faithful to his wife and family, he wouldn’t be a worm hotel now and he'd still be with us.

By: Lorenzo on 8/6/13 at 10:26

Thought Young's second chance was a do over after he scored a 6 on the Wonderlich or maybe it was after the Jacksonville game when he was booed by the fans or know he has had so many second chances.

By: courier37027 on 8/6/13 at 11:19

That 6 score on the Wunderlich test was an error, according to John McClain. McClain, one who basks in his own humility, told Zone listeners Young's 6 score was a fraud. Verily, the former Titans QB was debating a career as a neurosurgeon before going into NFL draft. McClain has known Young since he was an embryo in Houston.

By: Jughead on 8/6/13 at 12:07

Young is:


He'd make a great politician.

By: jwk6179 on 8/6/13 at 12:33

The only time that Vince Young will be on the field during a game in Green Bay will be if both Aaron Rodgers and Graham Herrell go out with season ending injuries and during blowouts. More than likely, he will only be used in mop up duties. Now if he was the Packers last season, he would have played the entire second half of the Packers 55-7 blowout of the Titans.

By: jwk6179 on 8/6/13 at 12:38

There is NOTHING in the story that states he will be Aaron Rodgers back-up. It just states that the Packers sign Vince Young. No where in this article, or any other article from other sources, does it say ANYTHING about Vince Young being Rodgers' back-up.

By: NewYorker1 on 8/6/13 at 2:42

What I really wish is that there was a way we could skip NFL season altogether. I wish they would give us none-football fans a break from it. The entire game is stupid to me. Watching a bunch of grown-a$$ men run around a field after a ball is really boring.

By: 4gold on 8/6/13 at 8:42

Tired of irrespponsible idots with 3rd grade intelleigence and maturity getting chance after chance. He tossed his chance into the stands with those shoulder pads. Don't want to hear anoher word about the loser.

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