January 20, 2011
Through all the tension in Tennessee between Vince Young(notes) and head coach Jeff Fisher, I supported Vince Young. I still do, and I believe the Titans will one day look back at their decision to get rid of him as a mistake. They're a much better team when he's healthy and in the lineup.
That said, my opinion of Vince Young is still not as high as Vince Young's opinion of Vince Young. He sat down with ESPN's Marcellus Wiley to discuss his current situation.
Asked if he could work as a backup, Young laughed.
"I'm going to go into the organization, the team, and compete. That's all I can do, and let them make their own decision after that," Young said. "Definitely I am a starting quarterback, an elite quarterback in the NFL. I want to go ahead and start. But like it always is, the coaches have the last word."
To me, the elite quarterbacks in the league are Peyton Manning(notes) and Tom Brady(notes). If your definition of elite is a little more relaxed, we can include Manning, Brady, Drew Brees(notes), Aaron Rodgers(notes), Philip Rivers(notes), Ben Roethlisberger(notes) and Michael Vick(notes).
Past that, I really feel like we're stretching the boundaries of the word "elite."
Not that there's anything wrong with Vince Young being confident in his ability. We should all believe in ourselves, and approach everything we do with confidence in our own ability.
But I don't know that he's in a position where he should be laughing at the thought of being a backup. At a certain point, too much confidence becomes a negative, and while I'm sure VY will get a spot on someone's roster, I don't know that anyone's going to say to him, "Yes, you are our starter."
Being a backup may be something he has to learn to embrace, at least temporarily. If he can't, things might be a lot harder on Young than they have to be.
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