I have to give it to the kid - he sure makes following the Titans iinteresting. Of course, interesting is not always good. Lots of things are interesting. It's interesting when you blow a tire going 75 mph down the interstate in rush hour traffic. That doesn't make it desirable. When two passenger trains collide because some dumb ass forgot to switch the tracks that is interesting. The Vince Young era has been a complete roller coaster ride. Actually, more than that. On a roller coaster ride, you can be scared as hell, but you always are able to tell yourself "this ride is safe. They wouldn't have opened the thing and let people on it if it wasn't safe." With the Titans, at least this year, it hasn't felt safe. It feels like everyone has been asleep at the switch. And with Vince Young you never feel safe.
But Vince Young has done something I honestly never thought he would do again in this league. Play smart, efficient football and win games.
So who is Vince Young? Is he a guy with an erratic personality and erratic style, who is always going to be up and down, and hurt his team as much as he helps his team? Think Aaron Brooks, Part II.
Is he a kid whose psyche is so fragile and shattered at this point that it is only a matter of time before he implodes again?
Is he a guy who had a temporary emotional breakdown, but has now gotten over it, but whose upside will always be limited by his lack of preparation and dedication to his craft?
Or is he a guy who really has matured, who has put his issues behind him, who has grown up and learned what it means to be a professional in the league, and who really is the natural born leader he seemed to be his rookie year?
I don't think anyone knows at this point.
I think 8 more games will be enough to figure it out. The NFL is a tough, unforgiving league. If Vince still has huge flaws that will prevent him from ever being a long term starting QB in the league, 10 total games should be enough to expose that.
It's a huge issue. I was ready to flush the toilet on Vince's career, but man, if the guy can be salvaged, and, more importantly, if the Titans can rely on him, it sure solves alot of problems.
Two games in to Vince Young v 3.0, and so far, so good.
8 more games to find out who this kid really is.
Will the real Vince Young please stand up?