Vince Young’s career has been wildly up and down. In his 5 seasons with the Titans, Young started the majority of Tennessee’s games 4 of those seasons. Still, he had a rift with former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, and he displayed far too much emotional instability when he was presented with adversity to be an effective starting quarterback.
Despite all the setbacks, Vince Young still believes in himself. In an interview with KILT radio in Houston, Young expressed that he still believes he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL. When asked if he still looks at himself as a starter, Young said,
“Yeah definitely. Always want to go in and compete for the starting job and the things that I put myself through to get better and better and to better myself as a quarterback, just waiting on that opportunity to get the chance to do that.”
Young may believe he’s good enough to be a starter in the NFL, but he has a lot of people to convince outside of himself. In his 6 years in the league, Young has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns (51 to 46), and his career completion percentage is a mediocre 57.9%.
Even if we ignore his statistical shortfalls, he’s shown time and time again that he can’t handle harsh criticism even from his own coaches. In his final year with the Titans, Young reportedly told head coach Jeff Fisher, “I’m not running out on my teammates, I’m running out on you.” Here’s a news flash Mr. Young, if you walk out on your head coach, much less your well-liked head coach, you’re also walking out on your teammates.
In the same interview with KILT radio, Young was asked if he believes his leadership skills are still there. He responded by saying,
“Like you just said it’s something in the past and I really feel like for my teammates and anybody else I feel like that wasn’t the issue. I think like it was more so of a perception and something that me and Coach Fisher had that I learned from and just know how to handle these types of situations now in the future. I don’t feel like anybody had any question about my leadership role, that was just more of a perception of he said, she said.”
In this question, I think KILT missed the mark. The question isn’t whether Young’s leadership skills are still there. The question is whether they were ever present to begin with, and considering his past actions, I think we all know the answer to that.