Vince Young. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Why Vince Young might be a good fit for the Packers

Vince Young played five years with the Tennessee Titans before spending 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles. He got cut by the Buffalo Bills and has been out of football since. He tries out with the Packers today. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports photograph

We all know about Vince Young.

We know of his sordid background that includes an up and down career as a quarterback, the fact that he uttered the “dream team” concept, and the fact that he’s been a loose cannon in the NFL.

So, why would the Green Bay Packers have any interest in the guy at all? Even the Buffalo Bills cut him. He’s must be damaged goods and maybe that’s what the Packers will find when they bring him in for a workout this afternoon. If he doesn’t get signed, it will be because he can’t perform on the field anymore, not because he’s a nut job.

But could Young be a decent fit in Green Bay? Well, performance-wise he can’t be much worse than what we saw from B.J. Coleman Saturday night. Two interceptions and erratic play throughout the night didn’t impress the coaching staff, thus the decision to take a look at Young.

Put aside Young’s mental lapses, everyone knows that if there’s any place in the entire league where players have been known to revive their careers, it’s Green Bay. We’ve seen it many times over the years. Players get into Green Bay and are void of the distractions they see in larger cities and find that Titletown is the place where they can concentrate solely on football.

Young may fall into that category.

But there’s the football side of things, too. When the guy’s been good, he’s been scary good. But, of course, when he’s been bad, he’s been horrible.

One of the main reasons the Packers are considering Young is his ability to run the read-option, which the Packers are sensitive about for obvious reasons. A Vince Young emulating Colin Kaepernick is much more believable than either a Graham Harrell or B.J. Coleman. So for that reason alone, Young would be a good addition.

But consider what the guy has done when he was good.

According to Wikipedia, here are his accomplishments while in high school:

In college, he continued his success. Again, this information comes from Wikipedia:

College career statistics

Year Passing Rushing
Comp Att Yards TDs Int Att Yds Avg TD
2003 84 143 1,155 6 7 135 998 7.4 11
2004 148 250 1,849 12 11 167 1,079 6.5 14
2005 212 325 3,036 26 10 155 1,050 6.8 12
Totals 444 718 6,040 44 28 457 3,127 6.8 37

The list of his personal accomplishments are too long to list here. Suffice to say the guy earned everything for which he was awarded.

Young was drafted third overall in the 2006 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans where in his rookie season he was was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and earned a berth in the Pro Bowl.

In all, he played five years with the Titans. He moved on to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and was cut by the Bills early in 2012. He has been out of football since then.

Here are his NFL career stats as per


I trust Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy. The two of them know what’s best for their team, and I feel they will make the decision based on whether Young brings something to the team that they need.

All warts aside, you can see what the guy has done in the past. Whether he can recreate that in Green Bay is yet to be determined.

We’ll probably know today or tomorrow on whether he will be given a shot with the Packers.

Stay tuned …

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  • Mike Brand

    the more i think about it the more i think if he shows up in shape and can still play i say go for it. i would trust him more than harrell if rodgers should go down. we want to win and if rodgers should miss an entire season i feel we would win more with young than we would with harrell

    • K.L.

      And not to mention, he could really help us practice against the read-option since he is such an athletic QB.

  • Mark Davis

    Young wasn’t that great a QB but he was a great athlete. Possibly he could
    get some playing time as a fullback until he can learn the system. McCarthy
    coached up a marginal QB like Matt Flynn but that took two years. Meanwhile
    Young is big enough and a skilled enough runner to replace Kuhn for less than his $2.4 million and could throw the option pass. He certainly has experience at short yardage and goal line runs. All he would need is the desire to be a good
    blocker because he has the size. Kuhn isn’t used that much (23 carries and 15 receptions) anyhow and we wouldn’t need Young for more than that.

  • Taryn Miller

    Personally,I erase all stats from High School,College and if I have to,only consider NFL stats when argument dictates.
    Vince Young is and would continue to be a over rated QB garnered with success.One needs to remember the defense in Tenn and CJ2K at his best those years.
    I can see reasons for bringing him on but, if its of the thinking he saves the day if Rodgers is lost for significant time…..ocean front property for sale in Arizona.

    • Mike Brand

      i think he would win more that the two we have now. coleman can not get accurate and harrell can not get arm strength. so right now young is 20 steps ahead of the two we have now.

  • Tony

    This is a great signing for the Packers. Vince Young has had some demons, but he’s shown on more than a few occasions that he can be an asset to a team and a winner in the NFL. At any rate he is most likely a better second string option than Harrell or Coleman. That’s all he needs to be. Green Bay is a good place for him. No circus or distractions under MM and TT. I’m excited for Young and for the team.