Vince Young started his first game of his career today. I’m going to really put my neck out and say that this decision by Jeff Fischer and the Titans has doomed Young’s NFL career.
Vince actually didn’t perform as terribly as I expected him to. He had one series of extreme composure, in which he threw a touchdown pass toward the end of the third quarter, and then ran in the two point conversion himself. But other than that, he had a pretty sorry game. He threw two interceptions, one for a defensive touchdown. He also fumbled on a scramble, a loose ball the Cowboys returned for 60 yards, leading to more free points for Dallas.
I understand what you’re thinking: the Titans were already 0-3, what’s the harm in giving the rookie some experience? My response is: would you rather see Vince Young become the next Carson Palmer, or the next Ryan Leaf?
I know that I’m jumping ahead of myself, but if Vince Young keeps on starting for the sorry Titans this season, his professional career might not recover. Next week he’ll be trounced by Peyton’s Colts; and then he’ll begin his November by seeing the extremely physical defensives squads of Jacksonville, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. It’s not going to be pretty.
I’m really not trying to be a Vince Young hater. I really want him to succeed, and that’s why I’d like to see him groomed on the sideline for a bit longer. Even Eli Manning didn’t start until over halfway through his rookie season. Mark my words, if Vince starts next week, his career may as well be over.