The bizarre career of Vince Young may swing north to Buffalo
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • May 02, 2012 @ 8:51am
There’s very little that adds up about Vince Young’s professional football career.
VY won a national title against USC and finished second in the Heisman Trophy race while at Texas, then captured the NFL’s Rookie of the Year award with the Tennessee Titans and participated in two Pro Bowls.
He’s 31-19 as an NFL starter, yet he’s looking for his third team in three years—and likely vying for a backup role wherever he signs. According to multiple reports, Young will work out with the Buffalo Bills today.
“We’re set with our quarterback, committed to (Ryan Fitzpatrick) and are completely with him,” said Nix in an interview with BuffaloBills.com. “We think the more good people we put around him, the better we’ll be. If we can bring in some competition for a backup role, one of them will make our team better.”
The issue with Young, it seems, is that he’s unpredictable. His maturity concerns and oscillating emotions present a challenge for any coach to handle, and front offices seem less willing to massage egos to maintain stability—probably why Randy Moss and Terrell Owens didn’t play in the NFL last season after returning to full health.
Young’s relationship with former Titans coach Jeff Fisher was rocky, and it’s tough to read how genuine Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid’s explanation was for encouraging Young to pursue a starting job outside of Philly this off-season.
Bills’ head coach Chan Gailey’s history with Kordell Stewart and Neil O’Donnell in Pittsburgh suggests that he’s comfortable with change-of-pace quarterbacks, even though flip-flopping signal-callers to disrupt an opponent’s defensive rhythm can also have adverse effects on the offense.
If Young works out well today at One Bills Drive, the contract negotiations with the 28-year-old would be worth watching. You’d think the Bills would have considerable leverage after there were no takers for Young so far in free agency, and current backup Tyler Thigpen makes an outrageous $2.5 million base salary. Will the Bills roll the dice on VY?