The NFL is in a phase right now where there aren't as many quality starting quarterbacks as there are NFL teams. Still, though, there are a few non-starters out there who rightfully believe that their body of work merits them a chance to start somewhere in the league.
First, let's go to the comments he made recently to WMAR-TV in Baltimore (courtesy of Pro Football Talk).
"I definitely want to get back out there playing ball and picking up where I left off, winning games and having a good time with my teammates and with the fans," Young said. "At the same time, if them guys don't want me to be in there, it's time for me to make a career change for myself. Because the fact is I'm ready to play ball. If they're not ready for me to play ball, then somebody is."
You can hear the comments for yourself here, and young brings up the topic of a different team on his own. He can't throw out the "that was taken out of context" line here.
Forget even that Young has never had a year where his quarterback rating was higher than 71.1, or that last season, before he got hurt/depressed, it was 64.5. We're talking about a guy "thought long and hard" about quitting football all together after his rookie year. We're talking about a guy who went missing just last season, had his mother proclaim to the media that he was "hurting inside and out," and was thought by some to be in danger of hurting himself.
And today, he thinks he's in a position to say, "If I don't start here with the Titans, I want to start with some other team?"
Easy, Vince. I'm not saying you can't make that kind of statement, but you should probably put together one season of emotional stability first. After that, it would also be nice to have a season under your belt where you played quality football. Then you can start demanding starting jobs.
And don't get me wrong; I am absolutely rooting for the young man. I hope there's more to Vince Young as a quarterback than what we've seen so far, and I hope he's a happy, healthy and confident dude.
But he should probably wait until he accomplishes something before he starts making threats about wanting out of town. And if he did get his wish to play for elsewhere, good luck to him in trying to find a team that's been as patient with him as the Titans have.