Deflating the Vince Young Hype

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Jonathan Bales will run the numbers on anything. It’s why he’s as accomplished as he is. Like with Broaddus, when I saw another one of their speciality guys getting in on the act, it had to be a ruse to generate clicks from now to training camp.

Two of his four reasons are more “out there” than a George Noorey broadcast. So because Robert Griffin III had 6.8 yards per carry as rookie and the Cowboys have had 7.7 average annual rushing touchdowns since 2010, the Cowboys need to sign a thirty year-old third-stringer? Again, Bales goes with the scout team myth, which if that’s the case, why don’t more successful teams than the Cowboys who face mobile quarterbacks have mobile third string quarterbacks? Again, Bales goes with this football alchemy that the Cowboys can plug in Vince Young on the goal line and take out Romo. Other than the 2006 Florida Gators, I can’t think of a championship team that does that.

The other two items Bales tallied can’t be fudged and are sobering. Young had nearly a 7-yard yards per attempt in his last two years with the Titans. Also, half of Young’s games included either a 95.0 passer rating or a rushing touchdown. These are statistics that point to something good coming from Vince Young, not just huge Cheesecake Factory tabs and having a mental breakdown during a game.

Now, I can’t run numbers as well as Jonathan Bales, so I’ll have to play Talmudic scholar with you. Do you remember Tee Martin, Marcus Outzen, Chris Weinke, Josh Heupel, Ken Dorsey, Eric Crouch, Craig Krenzel, Matt Mauck, Jason White, Matt Leinart, Chris Leak, Troy Smith, Matt Flynn, Todd Boeckman, Greg McElroy, Colt McCoy, and Darron Thomas? All of those guys played in BCS National Championship games, like Young, and none of them could even be career backups in the NFL, save for Flynn, McCoy, and McElroy at this point.

Here’s another one to think upon: going back to 1999, there have been 19 quarterbacks taken within the first five picks. Among the five who were released from their original team (Akili Smith, Tim Couch, Joey Harrington, JaMarcus Russell, David Carr), only David Carr remained in the league after leaving his original team. The rest were either out of football, or in Harrington’s case, stuck around for two more seasons before being damaged goods. That means taking Vince Young comes with the 80% risk he won’t work out, even as a third string backup.

Here’s another one. No University of Texas quarterback, once released from their original team, ever catches on as a consistent backup elsewhere.

I know it’s the off-season, it’s boring, training camp is four weeks away, but can we not give in to wanting a quarterback even the Buffalo Bills didn’t want over Tavaris Jackson?

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