QB Vince Young - Free Agent
|6-5, 233||Born: 5-18-1983||College: Texas||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2006|
2011 Week 6 vs WAS (0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Young came in for two plays during Vick's absence and let Eagles' fans know just how worried they should be about the potential of injury. Inexplicably with the Eagle backed up deep in their own territory, Andy Reid called for back to back pass plays upon Young's entrance and neither went well. The first, Young dropped back, took one look downfield and then started looking for a place to run. On the second he rolled right and threw a pass right into the stomach of Redskins DB DeAngelo Hall. The worst part was that Maclin had badly beaten Hall, Young's pass was just terribly off target.
2011 Week 11 vs NYG (23 / 36 / 258 / 2 / 3 pass, 6 / 5 / 0 rush)
Playing for the injured Michael Vick, Young's first start as an Eagle was not an easy one. Playing on the road against a very talented and aggressive Giants' defensive front, Young was off on many of his throws early, looking his best on a couple of safe throws to TE Brent Celek. On the Eagles' second possession, Young had WR DeSean Jackson wide open down the left sideline picking on rookie CB Prince Amukamara in his first NFL start, but Young waited too long to release the throw and underthrew Jackson badly, allowing Amukamara to catch up and make the easy interception. Young actually had a few early passes that should have been intercepted, but got away with only 2 first-half INTs and a few harmless incompletions to go with the TD pass to WR Steve Smith and the resulting 10-3 lead. Many of his throws were low and uncatchable, but when he was able to take advantage of the time his protection gave him, he was on target and delivered killer blows to the Giants' defense down the stretch. He did throw another interception when the Eagles were in the red zone, but that was one of the last mistakes he would make, underthrowing WR Riley Cooper in the left corner into the hands of S Aaron Ross. As the game went on, he seemed to become more and more calm and confident. Then, when the game was on the line, Young showed the leadership, poise, and talent that made him a first-round draft choice. Young demonstrated great pocket-sense and found ways to avoid the rush with his feet and deliver precision passes to his receivers. What was uncanny, given the talent and commitment to rushing the passer of the Giants' defensive front, was that with a few exceptions, Young had all day to throw and used that time to pick apart the Giants' secondary. At no point was this more evident than on the 18-play 80-yard game-winning drive, during which he completed passes to 6 different receivers, capping it off with an 8-yard TD to Cooper.
2011 Week 12 vs NE (26 / 48 / 400 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 40 / 0 rush)
Young threw for a career high 400 yards but the statline doesn't tell the whole tail. A quarter of his yards game in garbage time at the end of the game and he and his receivers did not look like they were in synch. He suffered from a myriad of dropped passes throughout the game, including a pair of dropped passes by DeSean Jackson that should have been touchdowns. Young looked a little scattered at times as well, hesitating and sometimes appearing to throw with a less than complete motion. He was unable to take full advantage of a secondary which ran out a wide receiver (Julian Edelman) as a nickel back. Young is doing all right holding down the fort until Michael Vick comes back, though at this rate you have to wonder if risking further harm to Vick is worth it when Young is serviceable and the Eagles are out of the playoffs.
2011 Week 13 vs SEA (17 / 29 / 208 / 1 / 4 pass, 5 / 32 / 0 rush)
Game started out rocky with an interception thrown to Kam Chancellor on the second play of the game, miscommunication between Young and Riley Cooper seemed to be the problem but still an ill advised throw. Young's evening could've been better narrowly missing a long touchdown to Cooper in the second quarter sliding in the pocket keeping his eyes down field connecting an under thrown ball to to the rangy receiver for a gain of 46 yards getting tackled at the two yard line. At times tonight Young would have fans feeling that he was really getting comfortable in the pocket only to get careless with ball placement combined with lethargic reads. His receiver core didn't really do much to help him out, running wrong routes and letting balls slip through their hands for interceptions. The worst play of the night happened late in the fourth quarter driving deep into Seahawk territory, while being pressure VY attempted to dump the ball off to LeSean McCoy who was clearly covered by David Hawthorne resulting in a pick six sealing the game and the Eagles season. Bad mechanics and not going through progressions efficiently enough caused some late throws making bad results for the back up signal caller.
2011 Week 15 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Young came in late to relieve Vick and was sacked three times, fumbling once but recovering his own ball. He was pulled for Mike Kafka.
2010 Week 1 vs OAK (13 / 17 / 154 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 30 / 0 rush)
The first play from scrimmage was a 20 yard QB keeper, and Young never looked back from there. He was patient and decisive in the pocket, threw the ball accurately into traffic, and he took chances but not ridiculous ones. The presence of Chris Johnson helped him use the play action and loft a perfect bomb to Nate Washington for a score. When running the ball, Young looked fearless but not stupid - he wouldn't go down when in danger of taking a hit, but within reason. He's just so good at evading the first tackler that. All day long, his line gave him plenty of time to throw, and though his final numbers are 'good not great', he was clearly in control the entire time.
2010 Week 2 vs PIT (7 / 10 / 66 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
Young had a terrible game against a tough defense. He looked very good early in the game, and completed seven of his ten passes. The throws were solid and he frequently scrambled to avoid the constant pressure from the Pittsburgh defense. Unfortunately, when his mistakes were very costly. His first INT was in the end zone when he looked at Nate Washington the entire way and was picked off by Troy Polamalu. His second was a play where he forced the ball into triple coverage. He fumbled the ball once on a roll out where he was tackled and the ball hit the ground but squirted out of bounds. His final turn over of the game was a fumble where Chris Johnson wiffed on a blitz and Young's arm was hit before he could throw the ball. He was replaced by Kerry Collins in the 4th quarter but Collins didn't fair much better against the Steelers. Young should be back under center next week.
2010 Week 3 vs NYG (10 / 16 / 118 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Young was not asked to do a lot because of how the game went, but came through big at times when his team needed him. This was the perfect game and situation for him to regain his confidence after his benching last week. Through the first half, Tennessee was content for Young to throw only 4 passes and to hand the ball off to Johnson a staggering 17 times. Young showed he regained his confidence by looking downfield on a defense that was very cautious of the running attack. He connected with Britt on a very well thrown pass to the back of the endzone, aiming high for Britt to catch away from the defender. Young never locked onto a receiver and spread the ball well, moving the chains with efficiency to Washington and Gage. He wasn't rattled like the previous week, did not make a big mistake and was smart with the ball. Young failed to connect deep to Washington, just overthrowing him on two occasions. Overall, Young should feel happy with his performance but not quite satisfied due to the nice situations his team was in for most of the game.
2010 Week 4 vs DEN (17 / 28 / 173 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)
Young had a very efficient day through the air for the Titans but was ultimately held back by the play of some of his teammates. He started off very smoothly, connecting to Scaife on a perfectly thrown corner route with just enough touch to put over a defender. He displayed another perfect touch pass moment, lobbing a pass just over the outstretched arm of a Titan LB to Tight end Stevens on a similar play. These plays display Young's improvement in accuracy, which critics have bashed him for in previous years. Young was extremely efficient with the ball throughout the game, and the ball rarely hit the ground when it left his hand. His completion numbers are even more impressive when you take into account he had a number of drops from his Titan teammates. Britt proved disappointing towards the end of the game as Young threw two big passes his way down the field, only to be completely misplayed and dropped. He enjoyed nice pass protection at times, as the Broncos keyed on Chris Johnson for most of the game. Young had a very nice touchdown to Britt, rolling out and just waiting for Britt to uncover in the back of the endzone. Young and the whole Titan offense suffered from a lack of time of possession, as they had a key fumble towards the end of the game, and also had a kick-off return touchdown which took away another possession from the Titan offense as a whole.
2010 Week 5 vs DAL (12 / 25 / 173 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 22 / 0 rush)
Young's numbers don't tell the whole story regarding his game against the Dallas Cowboys. While Young completed fewer then half of his passes, his numbers were greatly affected by his receivers dropping easily caught balls. Young could have easily completed 4 or 5 more passes for roughly 40 more passing yards. That said, Young deftly controlled the offense and lead the team to a tough victory on the road. Young was sacked three times but he also managed to evade the rush enough to complete a touchdown pass to Nate Washington early in the game. Young did manage to complete three passes that covered more then 20 yards in the air, showing improvement on the deep-passing portion of his game. His most impressive throw came on a well-placed toss to Nate Washington that resulted in the aforementioned touchdown. On the play, Young rolled out to the right and lofted the ball to the back right corner of the endzone between two defenders. Vince Young has displayed a better command of the offense in the last two weeks and if his receivers can learn to catch consistently, he is likely to produce much better numbers in the near future.
2010 Week 6 vs JAX (3 / 5 / 61 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Young was effective on the Titans first touchdown drive. He hit a wide open Scaife on play action for a first down and completed two passes to Kenny Britt in single coverage including the touchdown. The touchdown was a medium completion over the middle that Jacksonville misplayed, and Britt was able to muscle through a couple defenders to get in the end zone. Young sprained his knee midway through the 1st quarter and never returned. He fumbled the snap, recovered it, but then was twisted around in the pile up. It looked bad, but he limped off under his own power and was seen walking around the sideline in a brace.
2010 Week 8 vs SD (10 / 21 / 253 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Late in the game, Young came up lame during a scramble. He entered the game with ankle and knee injuries, and appeared to aggravate the ankle injury in the fourth quarter. He lay on the ground for several moments before retreating to the sideline, where his ankle was heavily wrapped in ice. As for his play, Young had an odd stat line, completing less than 50% of his passes but also averaging over 25 yards per completion. He looked downfield quite frequently, with several of those resulting in big plays. His offensive line did a great job of protecting him all game long, so he was able to find several guys deep downfield despite limited mobility. He didn't turn the ball over at all, and only came close once (but the interception was dropped by DB Eric Weddle). Young found TE Jared Cook on a deep floater down the sideline, showing very nice touch on the play. He later underthrew Cook on a bomb near the end zone that should have gone for at least a fifty yard catch. Since the ball was underthrown, Cook had to wait for the pass and got distracted by the rapidly-approaching defenders -- dropping the ball at the eight yard line. Young also slightly misfired on a deep ball to WR Kenny Britt on a play that resulted in the young WR injuring his hamstring, although once again Britt had his hands on the ball and had an opportunity to make the play. His first touchdown pass went to TE Craig Stevens, from a yard out off a play-action fake. He actually appeared to have thrown a touchdown to Stevens two plays earlier, but the ball was incorrectly ruled down short of the goal line. After doing nothing for nearly the entire second half, a busted play by the San Diego defense allowed Nate Washington to get wide open in the deep secondary for an easy 71-yard touchdown pass, delivered perfectly by Young. He had a chance to connect with RB Chris Johnson on a two point conversion try, but the floater in the flat was overthrown and fell incomplete.
2010 Week 10 vs MIA (9 / 18 / 92 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
Young entered the game in the 2nd half. Young didn't get much practice time this week and it showed. Deep in his own territory, Young fumbled the ball, giving the Dolphins an easy score just a few plays later. He then took the Titans on a nice drive, leading them downfield for a TD drive. On this drive, most of his passes were very short though, and then he did throw a nice jump ball in the endzone to Nate Washington who made a beautiful catch for a TD. But after that, Young was dreadful. Even when the Dolphins played prevent, Young was unable to make anything happen, as he consistently sailed the ball over his receivers heads and threw the ball to places that no one could get it. Young is a QB who needs practice, and it showed today, as he was unable to get anything going for the Titans.
2010 Week 11 vs WAS (12 / 16 / 165 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)
Young and the entire TEN passing attack suffered from a lack of production due to a low number of possessions and an inability to sustain drives. Young fumbled early in the game as he often does by displaying poor ball security with only one hand on the ball despite defenders around him. Young missed an open Randy Moss in the endzone on a slant pattern and was promptly booed by his fans, which seems to have rattled his confidence long term. Short term, Young was confident and threw the ball where it needed to go and moved the ball well between the 20 yard lines. Young threw a beautiful in stride pass to Scaife over the middle with perfect touch, but was never able to get Moss involved and rarely even targeted him. Young had a high tendency to tuck the ball and run when he faced pressure and the TEN offensive coordinator called a lot of play action/roll outs to help out Young. Though fans and coaches were displeased with his inconsistent play, I think they would have rather kept Young on the field as opposed to Rusty Smith.
2009 Week 5 vs IND (0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Young saw action Sunday night entering with about 7 minutes to go in the 4th quarter, playing on the teams final two drives. Young did not complete a pass but did use his legs to run for a 1st down, stiff-arming two Colts on the way to a 6 yard scamper. We may be seeing more of Young in the coming weeks as the Titans are off to an 0-5 start, keep an eye on him in deep leagues if he is not rostered already.
2009 Week 8 vs JAX (15 / 18 / 125 / 1 / 0 pass, 12 / 30 / 0 rush)
Vince Young did just enough to win in his return to starting for the Titans in Week 8. Young completed just six passes for 10 yards or more but zero over 18 yards, illustrating how much of a short passing game the Titans employed against Jacksonville. Young's best throw was his touchdown pass, a short 6-yard fade to WR Nate Washington that fell into his hands with nice touch. Young made more plays with his feet than with his arm, but combining the two made for a capable starter although not much for fantasy purposes. The win over the Jaguars is likely to boost his confidence going into a tougher matchup at San Francisco next week.
2009 Week 9 vs SF (12 / 19 / 172 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 14 / 1 rush)
Vince Young had some solid moments in Week 9, throwing two very nice deep balls to WR Justin Gage. Gage was able to get free deep in the first quarter for a big 49-yard gain and then again later in the contest down the middle for 33 more yards, but those two big strikes were really the biggest plays in the passing game. Young did not drop back much to pass, attempting just 19 throws, but he did contribute as a rusher with 14 yards and a touchdown run in the end zone. He did look much more comfortable in the pocket but he is not really looking beyond his first two reads in passing progressions before tucking and running. Young is not being asked to do too much, which is the right approach as head coach Jeff Fisher tries to develop him as an NFL quarterback.
2009 Week 10 vs BUF (17 / 25 / 210 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 29 / 0 rush)
Vince Young simply continues to play winning football. Other than a problem airmailing his deep balls that resulted in an interception, Young is playing near flawless QB in this system. He is finding Chris Johnson on short targets and allowing him to do damage after the catch, occasionally taking a shot downfield, and calmly hanging in the pocket to make nice touch passes with sound mechanics. Young is pulling the ball down and running when appropriate, but not as a crutch. He never seemed to be gripping or pressing, and it's clear that he is having a calming influence on the offense (and vice versa) and helping them get back to the simple, but effective game plan that made them a division winner last year. VY also threw a terrific block when Chris Johnson decided to completely reverse field on a touch, and he ran the option to perfection to help Johnson spring a big run. VY passed well whether it was first read or an improvised throw. His fantasy value is limited, but his value to the Titans is bigger than anyone expected right now, maybe enough for them to bring him back to start next year despite his hefty cap number.
2009 Week 11 vs HOU (12 / 22 / 116 / 1 / 0 pass, 11 / 73 / 0 rush)
Young continues to improve in each successful start, and lead the Titans to wins. He was supremely calm in the pocket and threw with great accuracy and touch downfield. He produced on designed rollouts, including his TD pass to Kenny Britt, and he also threw well from the pocket. VY also hit Nate Washington on a deep ball, but Washington dropped it (although Young underthrew Washington on a later deep target). Young was lethal as a runner, converting numerous key third downs and using terrific instincts to decide when to break the pocket. The Titans also called some option and zone read plays for Young that were successful. Young ran the ball down to the one on one such play, and his yardage on those plays and the scrambles (plus his newfound passing efficiency) are making him a quality fantasy backup for the stretch run.
2009 Week 12 vs ARI (27 / 43 / 387 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
What does Young do for an encore after leading the Titans to a dramatic Monday night win in his hometown of Houston? Of course, he pilots a 99 yard drive, converting three fourth downs along the way, including the game-winning TD pass with no time on the clock. Young has made tremendous strides as a passer, calmly going through his progressions in the pocket, throwing accurately with perfect touch, and always sensing pressure before it gets to him. Young barely relied on his legs to make first downs - you knew it was going to be a different game plan when the Titans called play action passes on the first two snaps of the game. He did float one long pass to an open Bo Scaife for an incompletion, but his deep balls were otherwise perfectly thrown, including one to Kenny Britt in the fourth quarter that Britt fumbled away. Young redeemed himself at the end of the game after costing the team three points when he took a sack after letting the clock run out deep in Cardinal territory at the end of the first half. Young has completed one of the most astounding career turnarounds of any QB in recent memory, and it looks like many more thrills are in his future.
2009 Week 13 vs IND (24 / 43 / 241 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 16 / 0 rush)
Young was efficient on his first drive but came up just short, overthrowing Nate Washington in the end zone. Later, he threw a perfect bomb to Washington, but he dropped it. Young is eager to make something of every play, which sometimes helps and sometimes hurts. Case in point: his second quarter interception was the result of trying to make something happen when he probably should have thrown the ball away. The other downside to that is that when he holds the ball that long, he usually gets hit hard. He was visibly hurt on at least two occasions in the game but each time came back to play. Young continues to look great in the clutch. During the final drive of the first half he had a big scramble for a first down and a few big time clutch passes, including one for a touchdown to Kenny Britt. Twice, however, he came up short on 4th down, red zone plays. In the end, he had one last successful drive, but it was a case of too little, too late.
2009 Week 14 vs STL (6 / 8 / 132 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 44 / 0 rush)
Talk about starting quickly - despite being a gametime decision (sore knee), Vince Young completed his first pass for 31 yards to Kenny Britt. Young left the game in the second quarter after tweaking his hamstring on a 44 yard run. In one and a half quarters of work, Young accounted for 199 yards and led the Titans on four scoring drives. The threat of Chris Johnson in the rushing game combined with Young's own rushing ability has kept the pressure off of him in the pocket, allowing him to flourish as a passer. If he can return to health this season, he has a chance to put up decent numbers as the Titans offense has been very productive with Young playing. Young's touchdown to Chris Johnson came on a screen pass to the right side where the Rams brought pressure up the middle, leaving Young free to toss the ball to Johnson who then did the rest.
2009 Week 15 vs MIA (14 / 27 / 236 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 24 / 0 rush)
Young threw an interception on the Titans first drive, and got better as the game progressed. He was inconsistent but continued to show a knack for making the big plays happen. Both TD passes to Justin Gage were brilliantly placed in the end zone. There could be a nice rapport developing there. His second half featured the same story as the first: good play followed by bad good (one series, for example: Young scrambles for a first down, followed by a fumble, followed by perfect long TD throw) ad infitum -- but he made the good ones count. The bottom line for Young is that he got the job done and has some nice numbers to show for it. But how long can he play this inconsistently and still put up those numbers?
2009 Week 16 vs SD (8 / 21 / 89 / 0 / 2 pass, 6 / 40 / 1 rush)
Vince Young had a rough night, completing just eight passes to just three different receivers (including three to RB Chris Johnson). Young also tried to scramble on several occasions but wound up losing a key fumble in the second quarter that limited Tennessee's comeback efforts. Young was able to find room to run in a touchdown just before halftime but he threw two interceptions to go along with his lost fumble on a night where he certainly disappointed many fantasy owners.
2009 Week 17 vs SEA (17 / 28 / 171 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Young had a quiet but efficient game. He was clearly the leader of this team, while allowing Chris Johnson to shine in the spotlight. Young made smart passing plays, threw the ball away when coverage was too good, and made impressive throws while scrambling. He basically did not take any chances and didn't need to as the score was close all day.
2008 Week 1 vs JAX (12 / 22 / 110 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Young did not get into much of a rhythm during the game. He attempted four deep passes, but missed his intended receiver on three of them. He was better on his shorter passes, mostly to Chris Johnson and Bo Scaife, but was mostly off the mark. His touchdown pass was more the result of a good catch of a slightly errant throw and excellent running after the catch. He was hit in the fourth quarter while making a pass, and left the game as a result of an injury to his left knee. Young remained seated on the sideline for most of the remainder of the game, leaving on a cart with 59 seconds remaining in the game.
2008 Week 13 vs DET (1 / 1 / 54 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Young came in for some late game action with the Titans up several scores. This marked the first action Young had seen since his knee injury in Week 1. He primarily handed the ball off save for a dump off throw that went for big yardage.
2008 Week 17 vs IND (9 / 13 / 55 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 25 / 0 rush)
Young likely didn't think he'd be finishing the season like he did, completing nine of his 13 passes for 55 yards as the backup in a meaningless game due to its playoff implications. Of which he will unlikely be a part of. Young also tacked on 25 yards with his legs.
2007 Week 1 vs JAX (11 / 18 / 78 / 0 / 1 pass, 11 / 22 / 1 rush)
Young managed the game by following the game plan of attempting mostly short with some intermediate passes, running at times, while using the threat of his running to set up his running backs who ran very well. Although he made most of his attempts, Young missed open receivers at times, including one where he overthrew his receiver and was intercepted. Young was not asked to take many risks in the passing game, but displayed his escapability and athleticism on several occasions to avoid sacks including his touchdown run, which was a designed play.
2007 Week 2 vs IND (17 / 27 / 184 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 53 / 0 rush)
Young ran and threw the ball effectively throughout the game. On their final drive of the game, he ran twice and completed two passes but the drive ended after Brandon Jones let the ball tip off his hands on third down. On the final offensive play of the game, QB Vince Young was swarmed by defenders. He tossed the ball back to OL Jacob Bell who fumbled while trying to lateral it. Young also pulled off a 21 yard run in the second quarter. He made three defenders miss tackles before going down. On the Titans' second possession, he took a hard hit and laid on the ground for a few moments while holding his head before popping up and trying to fire up his team. With less than two minutes left in the first half, he ran out of bounds in the Colts end of the field. After the play he lightly tossed the ball at the gut of a Colts defender and was assessed a 15 yard penalty that effectively killed the drive.
2007 Week 3 vs NO (14 / 22 / 164 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 21 / 0 rush)
Vince Young came out throwing and had a solid first quarter. He threw mostly short passes and was generally accurate. His one big mistake in the first quarter was a fumbled snap that knocked the Titans out of field goal range. Young did not seem to favor any particular receiver; he threw to eight different players in this game and did not target any of them more than five times. Young found Brandon Jones for the TD pass on the first drive of the second quarter; however, Young's next pass was an INT, his only turnover, which cost the Titans a golden scoring opportunity. His second TD throw was a fourth quarter strike to former Longhorn teammate TE Bo Scaife. The Titans offensive line played very well in this game and generally gave Young all the time he needed to get rid of the ball. Young suffered a minor arm injury late in the second quarter and left the field to get an IV and some treatment during half time. He played the entire second half without incident. Young scrambled a couple of times but generally seemed confident and content to stay in the pocket and let his RBs take the punishment.
2007 Week 5 vs ATL (20 / 33 / 157 / 0 / 3 pass, 8 / 27 / 0 rush)
While Young threw three interceptions, the Titans still persevered for a victory over the Falcons in front of the home crowd. Young completed just over 60% of his passes, but averaged less than five yards per passing attempt.
2007 Week 6 vs TB (11 / 14 / 120 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Young was steady, throwing 11 of 14 for 120 yards and one interception, and running the ball three times for six yards on the ground, but was unable to make any big plays for the Tennessee offense before leaving the game in the third quarter with a quad injury. On the play, Young was flushed from the pocket and ran towards the sidelines. When he tried to slow down after going out of bounds, he seemed to pull a muscle and ended up falling pretty hard on a concrete surface. He was on the sideline for the remainder of the game, so check his injury status later this week.
2007 Week 8 vs OAK (6 / 14 / 42 / 0 / 0 pass, 7 / 11 / 0 rush)
Young attempted only 14 passes as Tennessee clearly had a game plan designed to emphasize the run and control the clock. He connected on six of the 14 attempts for just 42 yards and added another 11 yards rushing on seven attempts. Young did miss TE Ben Troupe on a sure touchdown pass, just overthrowing his TE in the corner of the end zone.
2007 Week 9 vs CAR (14 / 23 / 110 / 0 / 2 pass, 8 / 25 / 1 rush)
Vince Young started off the game in good fashion. On the opening drive, he went four for four and had two carries including a three yard touchdown run. The rest of the game was pretty dismal for Young. He finished the game 14 of 23 for 110 yards and two interceptions. He ran the ball eight times for 25 yards. His rushing touchdown came on a play he dropped back to pass. He didn't see anyone open so he pulled the ball down and scrambled into the end zone for the score.
2007 Week 10 vs JAX (24 / 41 / 257 / 1 / 2 pass, 8 / 52 / 0 rush)
Young was under pressure throughout the game and although he tried his best to keep plays alive, he was inaccurate with several of his throws thanks to Jacksonville's pass defenders. Young was able to escape the pocket at times, but was unable to manufacture many big plays once he did so. When he was in the pocket he proved inconsistent in his accuracy, and had several passes tipped by the Jaguars' defensive backs. Although Young threw his first touchdown pass in his previous 115 pass attempts, he did not appear to develop a comfort level during the game, and as such posted pedestrian numbers.
2007 Week 11 vs DEN (26 / 41 / 305 / 1 / 2 pass, 11 / 74 / 1 rush)
Young set a new career high in passing yards, and set season highs in completions and rushing yardage. In short, it was his best performance of the 2007 season to date. Young threw the ball accurately, but his numbers suffered from at least four ill-timed drops by his receiving targets, including a few that could have gone for scores. He moved around in the pocket and scrambled confidently, as the Broncos couldn't muster much of a pass rush for the majority of the game. Despite having spies watching his every move, Young managed to scramble very effectively, making defenders miss as he picked up first downs with his feet on a number of occasions. He had a third quarter rushing touchdown that was initially ruled out of bounds, but the play was reviewed after an oddly timed Broncos timeout, and the call was reversed. Young's favorite target was Justin Gage, with ten looks. Five other Titans had between four and six balls head their way.
2007 Week 12 vs CIN (19 / 31 / 246 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Vince Young was inconsistent, to say the least. He started out well, completing four of his first six passes, including a great deep throw to a wide open Justin Gage. But, his two incompletions were on poor throws that were well off target, the second of which was an interception. From that point it went downhill. He fumbled the ball on a sack on third and goal from the three on one drive, ending the first scoring opportunity. He would string together two more stretches where he had five straight completions, but one of those stretches came in garbage time when the Bengals had a comfortable lead. The best drive of the game serves as a good summary of Young's day. He was able to move the ball by completing passes underneath the zone coverage until they got in the red zone. They were able to get down to the three yard line on a juggling catch by Ben Troupe, but they were not able to score when Young threw to high to Ben Hartsock in the end zone that would end the last scoring opportunity.
2007 Week 13 vs HOU (21 / 31 / 248 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 44 / 0 rush)
Young finished with a passer rating of 78.4 by completing 68% of his passes for an average gain of eight yards per attempt. Young continued to show his maturation as a pocket passer with a deep bomb down the left side to Roydell Williams, and a perfect pass to Justin Gage's back shoulder in the corner of the right end zone for touchdowns in the third quarter of this game. Young avoided the pass rush for most of the afternoon, and limited himself to just five effective scrambles.
2007 Week 14 vs SD (13 / 21 / 121 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Young wasn't himself after an early second quarter collision with Chargers LB Shawne Merriman. Young was following through on his handoff and looking upfield when he inadvertently collided with Merriman. He came out briefly and would soon return, but Kerry Collins was the man who came out to begin the second half for Tennessee. Eventually, Collins would again give way to Young during the third quarter. But Young simply looked off afterwards. We won't speculate on what area he may have injured, but he seemed woozy after several hits on the field. And nearly every time he retreated to the sideline area, he simply sat on the bench and put his head down. He made one awful pass on the interception, and several more missed their mark by a good margin. Strangely, however, every now and then he would move around outside the pocket and really zip one downfield. And his quick strike to Roydell Williams late in the first half was one of the most well-thrown passes Young has made as a pro. Still, it was obvious that he wasn't feeling 100% for whatever reason throughout the game, and unfortunately for him it was reflected in the stat line.
2007 Week 15 vs KC (16 / 26 / 191 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 32 / 0 rush)
Vince Young had a very creditable performance. He gained 191 yards through the air on 16 out of 29 throwing, passing for two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also gained 32 yards on the ground on seven carries. Young helped himself with good quickness and smart scrambling as he evaded the strong Kansas City pass rush pursuit. Young showed well against a usually strong Kansas City defense.
2007 Week 16 vs NYJ (12 / 22 / 166 / 0 / 1 pass, 7 / 1 / 0 rush)
Young had a less than stellar day as he completed only 12 of 22 passes for 166 yards and no touchdowns. Along with the goose egg in his TD column, Young also added to his ever rising interception total, throwing his 17th pick of the season. His scrambling ability was also contained as he only managed to gain one yard on seven rushes.
2007 Week 17 vs IND (14 / 18 / 157 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)
Young started the game and performed well until leaving with a leg injury in the third quarter. He started by completing his first four passes as the Titans established the run. When the Colts countered by blitzing to take away the running game Young was not able to consistently make plays. His passing numbers were good, but he seemed to want to take off and run on some plays where it appeared that there was a small running lane. This running threat was also used to freeze the defensive backs and linebackers as Young would roll out on designed plays where he would have to option to run if his primary receiver was covered.
2007 Week 18 vs SD (16 / 29 / 138 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
Young was a game time decision after being banged-up in the season finale versus the Colts a week ago. While he took a few big shots in this game on several occasions and was slow to get up a couple of times, he never once left the game. As for his play, it left much to be desired though it's difficult to tell if it's entirely his fault. Obviously, Young has struggled in his second season, as evidenced by his 9:17 touchdown to interception ratio during the regular season. But there are very few playmakers on this Tennessee roster, and a quick look at the stat line for the Titans receiving corps shows that no one was able to capitalize downfield on what was a porous San Diego defense. The Tennessee passing game as a whole looks pretty putrid, as no one can get any separation and at one point they had two receivers run the same route to the same exact spot down the sideline. They just look very out of synch. Young was under very little pressure for most of the first half and seemed to be moving around fairly well. He didn't take off and run very often, but he seemed able to elude would-be tacklers like he normally does. At one point, he showed terrific strength in avoiding a sack despite having LB Shaun Phillips hanging all over him. He managed to throw the ball away for an incompletion. In the third quarter there was still very little pressure on Young, and it wasn't until the fourth quarter when the Chargers really started applying any sort of pass rush on Young. It worked very well, specifically on back to back sacks late in the quarter that quelled a potential Tennessee drive.
2006 Week 1 vs NYJ (3 / 4 / 27 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
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.
2006 Week 2 vs SD (7 / 20 / 106 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 24 / 0 rush)
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.
2006 Week 4 vs DAL (14 / 29 / 155 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 3 / 0 rush)
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.
2006 Week 5 vs IND (10 / 21 / 63 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 43 / 1 rush)
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.
2006 Week 6 vs WAS (13 / 25 / 161 / 1 / 0 pass, 7 / 9 / 0 rush)
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.
2006 Week 8 vs HOU (7 / 15 / 87 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 44 / 1 rush)
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.
2006 Week 9 vs JAX (15 / 36 / 163 / 1 / 3 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)
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.
2006 Week 10 vs BAL (13 / 25 / 211 / 0 / 1 pass, 8 / 39 / 1 rush)
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.
2006 Week 11 vs PHI (8 / 22 / 101 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 49 / 0 rush)
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.
2006 Week 12 vs NYG (24 / 35 / 249 / 2 / 0 pass, 10 / 69 / 1 rush)
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.
2006 Week 13 vs IND (15 / 25 / 163 / 2 / 2 pass, 9 / 78 / 0 rush)
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.
2006 Week 14 vs HOU (19 / 29 / 218 / 0 / 1 pass, 7 / 86 / 1 rush)
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.
2006 Week 15 vs JAX (8 / 15 / 85 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
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.
2006 Week 16 vs BUF (13 / 20 / 183 / 2 / 0 pass, 8 / 61 / 1 rush)
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.
2006 Week 17 vs NE (15 / 36 / 227 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 29 / 1 rush)
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.