A new NFL player gets put into the coaches doghouse each week and Vince Young is the man this time. Apparently after Sundays game, Young threw his jersey into the crowd and also had words with Titans head coach Jeff Fisher. Vince was upset he was pulled from the game after he hurt his thumb - turns out the injury is significant and Young will be out the rest of the 2010 NFL season.
His career in Tennessee might be over but Vince Young is not JaMarcus Russell, he will get another shot in the NFL. It got me thinking today about if it is a good idea to buy any Vince Young cards, with the idea that he would get his career turned around. Think about just a few years ago when Michael Vick went to jail, I remember looking at the prices of his cards and was stunned at how they had fallen from the levels of 2001-2003 when Vick was the hottest name in the hobby and the NFL. Now that Vick is back and thriving, the value of his cards have gone up a lot. Can Vince Young have the same resurrection?
Vince Young and Michael Vick are two different QB's. For one, Vick's arm strength is A LOT better, I would put their passing accuracy at the same level, although Vick has really improved that area of his game in 2010. Vick is also much quicker and can escape the pocket better then Young. The thing that made Young so good in college at Texas was his ability to run - but he was a "man among boys" even playing elite NCAA football. That gap in athleticism shrinks in the NFL and only QB's with elite pocket awareness (or the speed of Vick) can run successfully over the course of a career. Eventually, you have to become an elite passer to be a great QB and Michael Vick has accomplished that in 2010 - while it remains to be seen if Young can ever reach that level.
After thinking about it, I would have to say I would NOT buy Vince Young cards, although I do think he will get another opportunity to start somewhere in the NFL. For one, he is not like Michael Vick in that Vick has a CANNON arm - Vince Young's arm is average at best. Young also doesn't have elite speed and his average speed will deteriorate over time. Because of those factors I don't think he will ever have a 'Hall-of-Fame' type career and could be out of the league before too long. The one thing I will note is that Vince was known in college as a great leader. Perhaps if he matures a little bit, the strength of his game, which I believe to be those college leadership qualities, can shine if he is put in the right situation.
2006 Topps Chrome Vince Young Auto RC
Can be found for: $30-40 - November 2010