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Week 1 vs. NYJ
Passing: 3 - 4, 27 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
The Titans' plan is for Young to get some playing time in each game. The coaches have given him a limited offensive package while he learns on the job. Young entered the game midway through the second quarter and promptly drove the Titans down the field. His first three passes were quick, crisp throws and resulted in completions of nine, 11, and seven yards. Unfortunately, Young's fourth pass was a terribly underthrown fade attempt to Drew Bennett and was intercepted by Andre Dyson.
Young re-entered the game for Tennessee's first two point conversion attempt. After an incomplete pass (to Bobby Wade) resulted in a New York pass interference penalty, Collins replaced Young. Young did not play again in the game.
Week 2 vs. SD
Passing: 7 - 20, 106 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 5 / 24 / 0
Young entered the game in relief of Collins midway through the second quarter. Upon entering the game, the Chargers' pass defense brought more of a rush. The added pressure forced Young into some very bad-looking passes that were hurried and off-target. Upon returning to the contest, the game was already far out of reach and the San Diego defense had basically called off the dogs. Young looked more comfortable and improved somewhat as the game went on, but again that was likely a product of the softer defense he was facing. Young's first NFL highlight was a nice pass to the back of the end zone for a touchdown to Drew Bennett. Curiously, it was the only pass he threw in Bennett's direction the whole game. Instead, Young focused more on guys like Bobby Wade and Bo Scaife as he seemed a little more comfortable with the shorter passes. Young had a nice scramble to pick up a first down on a fourth and ten situation, and his athleticism appears to translate well to the NFL game at least. He did have a problem holding onto the football, as he fumbled twice (recovering both) and nearly lost a third.
Week 4 vs. DAL
Passing: 14 - 29, 155 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 5 / 3 / 0
Rookie QB Vince Young made his first career start in this game. Young had a decent first half and was 8 for 12 for 81 yards, with no touchdowns, and interceptions. Young struggled in the second half, as he came out and threw an interception on his second pass of the half. He did come back right after that turnover and lead the Titans on a 77 yard drive, and hit TE Ben Troupe on a 17 yard touchdown pass. Young then scored two points on the following conversion on draw play up the middle. He had a second interception in the fourth quarter that was returned for a touchdown by Bradie James. He also had a fumble in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach for Tennessee. The Titans tried to call a few running plays for Young, but those were stopped by the Dallas defense as Young finished the game with three yards on five carries.
Week 5 vs. IND
Passing: 10 - 21, 63 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 4 / 43 / 1
The rookie QB nearly pulled off a huge upset, but was unable to bring his team back after the Colts took the lead late in the game. He showed pocket poise and a strong arm, but only completed ten of his 21 attempts. He is a legitimate threat to run, and scored the game's first touchdown on a nifty 19 yard sprint around the hard charging Dwight Freeney. He finished the game with 43 rushing yards on four attempts, but just 63 passing yards.
Week 6 vs. WAS
Passing: 13 - 25, 161 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 7 / 9 / 0
Young displayed great poise and composure facing a decent pass rush and a hostile crowd at FedEx field. His overall performance was far from spectacular, and he made several questionable plays that could have turned the tide in the Redskins' favor had they taken advantage of his mistakes. Several passes were nearly intercepted and Young didn't protect the ball well when getting hit in the pocket. However, he deserves credit for making plays with his arm from the pocket that lead to points.
Week 8 vs. HOU
Passing: 7 - 15, 87 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 4 / 44 / 1
Young only had 87 yards passing in the game but he did have one passing and one rushing touchdown. He showed his upside as rusher when he scrambled for a 20 yard touchdown after the Texans came on a blitz in the second quarter. Young also had 20 yard touchdown pass to Bobby Wade in the third quarter after a Texans' turnover. He was only able to lead the Titans to only one long scoring drive in the game and that was there first touchdown in the second quarter. Young did finish as the Titans' leading rusher as he had 44 yards on four carries.
Week 9 vs. JAX
Passing: 15 - 36, 163 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: 4 / 14 / 0
Young did not have a good game, as he was under pressure from the Jaguars' defense throughout. Young was victimized by several dropped passes, but poor decision making also contributed to his unimpressive statistics. Despite the tough game, he kept trying to make plays down the field and did not go into a shell and look for safe passes. Young showed good mobility by escaping defenders for sacks several times, but was unable to turn them into big plays, except on the Titans' only touchdown.
Week 10 vs. BAL
Passing: 13 - 25, 211 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 8 / 39 / 1
Young had the type of game you would expect a rookie quarterback to have against a defense the caliber of the Ravens. In the first half, while relying mostly on the running game, Young made good decisions and did not turn the ball over. He completed seven of 13 passes in the first half, five of which went to WR Drew Bennett, and ran the ball four times for 15 yards, including a two yard touchdown run. Young ran the ball three straight times inside the five yard line, scoring on his third attempt. In the second half, Young and the Titans' offense were neutralized by a stingy Baltimore defense, and improved play by the Ravens offensively. While the Titans ate up most of the clock in the first half, the Ravens turned it around in the second half with smart play offensively. Young was forced to leave the game on the last drive after he was shaken up as he fell at the end of a scramble. He did not appear to be seriously injured. Kerry Collins replaced him, but did not attempt a pass.
Week 11 vs. PHI
Passing: 8 - 22, 101 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 6 / 49 / 0
Vince Young led the Titans' offense on the ground, including his own rushing efforts. At one point late in the first half, Young had more rushing yards (41) than passing (35). At the half, Young was just 5-17-53-1-0, completing only five passes on 17 attempts. Tennessee all but abandoned the pass in the second half, as Young threw just five times, completing three for 48 total yards.
Young used his speed and athleticism to keep drives going. He ran often in the second quarter, picking up 50 yards on five carries. His role was very diminished in the second half as the Titans and HC Jeff Fisher became very conservative in an effort to hold on for the victory.
Week 12 vs. NYG
Passing: 24 - 35, 249 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 10 / 69 / 1
If Vince Young goes on to become a great NFL quarterback, this may well be viewed as his coming of age performance. In the first half, while the Giants piled on points, Young simply managed the game, not letting it get out of hand. In the fourth quarter, Young seemed to put the team on his shoulders and will them to victory. He made great plays with his legs, shredding the Giants defense when the play broke down, but he also made good decisions and threw with accuracy in the passing game. Overall, he looked very comfortable in the pocket. Young threw for two touchdowns and ran for one. He finished the game with 249 passing yards, no interceptions, and led all Tennessee rushers with 69 yards on the ground.
Week 13 vs. IND
Passing: 15 - 25, 163 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 9 / 78 / 0
Young was able to lead the Titans to a comeback victory for the second week in a row, and as you would expect from a quarterback, he played a huge role in the victory. His passing numbers weren't great, throwing for 163 yards on 15 of 25 attempts, but his play in the red zone and the work he did on the ground resulted in a solid game. Young threw a first half touchdown to WR Drew Bennett, and led the Titans on two scoring drives in the fourth quarter. He hooked up with WR Brandon Jones from nine yards out and led a nine play, 33 yard drive late in the game that led to the Bironas game winning field goal. On the ground, Young ran nine times for 78 yards.
Young did seem to injure his foot late in the game, so owners should keep an eye out for any news regarding the injury this week.
Week 14 vs. HOU
Passing: 19 - 29, 218 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: 7 / 86 / 1
Young played well in front of his hometown crowd. He completed nearly 68 percent of his passes for 218 yards. While Young is showing steady improvement as a passer, he may still be most dangerous with his feet. Young took off seven times for 86 yards, including the game ending 39 yard touchdown in overtime. When a flea-flicker did not fool the defense, he took off running instead and gained 24 yards. Young's scrambling ability created another big opportunity early in the game. Young was forced out of the pocket to his left before finding Drew Bennett free behind the Houston defense. He was able to loft the ball to Bennett, but Bennett dropped the pass, negating what would have been about a 40 yard gain.
Young did make one bad decision in the game. He fell down after taking a snap and then hurried to his feet and forced a rushed pass that was intercepted by Demarcus Faggins. He was also guilty of holding the ball too long on the two times he was sacked.
Week 15 vs. JAX
Passing: 8 - 15, 85 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 4 / 4 / 0
Young was not on the field much, and did not have much opportunity to develop any rapport with his receivers. He showed his potential on a few plays where he escaped the pass rush and threw easily downfield, although he did not connect on those plays. Young showed nice touch and accuracy on shorter and intermediate passes. He only attempted two passes in the second half, and one of them was a pass he intentionally threw away late in the game.
Week 16 vs. BUF
Passing: 13 - 20, 183 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Rushing: 8 / 61 / 1
The legend continues as Young rallied the Titans in the fourth quarter, again, for a victory. He completed 13 of 20, zero interceptions and two huge touchdowns. What does not appear on the stat sheet is his uncanny ability to get out of the pocket when the pass rush closes in. At this point, his potential seems unlimited, as he keeps finding new ways to win ballgames. Young has now rushed for 523 yards this season, breaking the old record for a rookie QB set by Bobby Douglas in 1969.
Week 17 vs. NE
Passing: 15 - 36, 227 yards, 0 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: 2 / 29 / 1
Young completed 15 of 36 for 227 yards, but had no touchdown passes. He managed to split the Patriots' defense with a 28 yard scramble for a third quarter touchdown, but the Titans were shut out in the fourth quarter. He also threw two interceptions, lost a fumble, and was sacked five times.
While Young came up short in this game, he has had a phenomenal season. His 8 --- 5 record as a starter is the fifth most wins by a rookie QB in NFL history, a great achievement playing for a team that started the year 0---5. The fact that the Titans were playing the last game of the season with even an outside shot at a playoff berth was truly remarkable.