Despite a rather disappointing performance last season, Vince Young still believes he has what it takes to be an NFL starting quarterback.
When the Eagles signed Young to a one-year deal on July 29,2011, it seemed an underlying expectation that this was Young’s pit stop to reclaiming stardom in the NFL and quieting his Tennessee critics. I’ll admit I was in favor of signing him last year. I thought Andy could turn Young around, and Vince has, at least did have, a lot of talent. But since the Eagles did not come to terms with him this year, he hasn’t seemed to garner much interest in free agency.
Though, he did say that Andy told him the Eagles weren’t interested in bringing him back because he wasn’t a backup quarterback.
Regarding his return to Philadelphia, Young said in an interview with sportsradiointerviews.com:
“One of the biggest things there was I asked Andy, ‘could I be part of the team again?’ He was like ‘I would love for you to stay here but you’re not a backup quarterback’ so when I heard the big guy, big red, say that it showed me more confidence and more respect that he had for me when he said he wanted to see me somewhere playing. I can truly understand that and they wanted to give Mike Kafka a little more of a chance to go out and compete and backup up Mike Vick but basically he didn’t see me backing up again. He felt like I should be starting somewhere and playing so that’s just the respect he had for me and saw the hard work that I put in to get better as quarterback last year with those guys.”
It’s hard to take this seriously from a guy who threw nine interceptions in 114 attempts, had a 60.8 QB rating and an arm that wasn’t able to push the ball 30 yards down the field. But he did lead the Birds to a victory against the Giants, yet, sadly, that game injected us—at least me—with some false hope about him resurrecting his preseason “Dream Team” statement.
Young addressed that comment as well in his interview. He said:
“Everybody keeps putting it in the wrong sequence. I didn’t say ‘Dream Team’ like ‘Dream Team.’ It’s like you are dreaming, like me and you dream about eating a nice burger or something, put it in those terms and just more so the respect that I have for the players from (Dominique Rodgers) Cromartie, from Nnamdi (Asomugha), to Mike Vick and the players that we had around. I was just feeling very respectful towards those guys and that’s what I meant by that situation.”
I’ve never thought of the Eagles as a hamburger, but I’m glad Young is all about respect, he stays humble throughout the interview and Young has notched two pro bowls along with a Madden cover. The only question is—are there teams ready to risk him as a starting quarterback?
Young said there are several teams he is looking but wouldn’t give specifics. He said he won’t sign till after the draft, and he’s just “sitting back and waiting and letting [his] agent, Tom Condon, do his work.”
I’m hesitant to believe a team wouldn’t shore up a position like quarterback till after the draft. But, in all honesty, I don’t think many people see any team going after him as a starter, unless the Philadelphia Soul have some injuries. But, after taking Kevin Kolb’s job in Philly, Young could haunt him by moving to Arizona, or he could fight for the backup spot behind Josh Freeman. I think those are two viable options. But it seems Young will most likely be a last resort for a team that didn’t find a solution in the draft and needs someone who is good at coming up with catchy nicknames.