SI story on Vince Young

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  1. texansfaninla

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    i'm not one to change my opinion (or form an opinion on a player based on one game. so if a team felt young was a mid-round pick before the rose bowl, then thought he was worth the #1 pick after the rose bowl, then NOW they think he's a mid-round pick, then all things are normal again. they've had time to watch more film, talk to him, talk to teammates, etc etc, so i'll trust the team that did their homework and didn't just make a snap decision based on one game.
     
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    Well it's never been totally one game. He has been doing this for a year and a half. The Rose Bowl was his coming out party. I think of it as if he was a musician. You might have wrote him off as being not worth it, but that was the one album that caught your ears and you become a fan. Look at winston justice and vernon davis, they went from second round or low first round to the top 10 or top 15 all because of their combine. Whats the difference with one game vs. one combine.
     
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    Mel Kiper has been saying all season that Vernon Davis will be a top 10 pick. He said that his workout would be more impressive than Shockey's or K2
     
  5. texansfaninla

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    I must say - I've watched a ton of Vince Young video and Reggie Bush video online over the last several days, and I just go back and forth and back and forth. Here's what I think - my :twocents: - Reggie Bush has an amazing amount of athletic skill, work ethic, etc., but he's just a vital cog to a larger well-oiled engine. In other words, he's not a guy to take the wheel, put the team on his shoulders, and lead it to a win.

    As perspective, for years I was a Lions fan - during the Barry Sanders era after the Oilers were ready to be gone. Barry was and is my all-time favorite RB. The guy was flat out unbelievable in spite of playing on a bad team with a poor surrounding cast, esp. QB. He could make great plays, but just couldn't take the team on his shoulders and deliver a W. It's not the nature of the position. It's a role most suited for a quarterback.

    Now, what I'm getting to is, the Texans need a star to identify it in the NFL galaxy. And as a dedicated Texans fan now, I don't want to see them make the same mistake the Lions did with Barry. He had some years when he was surrounded with talent, but he could only do so much. The ball was in Scott Mitchell's hands a heckuva lot more than his, and it could only go so far. What's Barry remembered for? Being a stellar athlete on an underperforming team, which ultimately drove him to early retirement.

    In that respect, the linked article really nails it on the head. Reggie Bush can make some fantastic plays, but...Vince Young could be the real catalyst of this team - the guy whose leadership and mere will carries the team when it needs him most.

    Make no mistake - Bush is an incredible prospect. But I just have a sense that he's not quite the leader that Vince is.

    Add to that the genuine desire on the part of Vince to be The Guy in Houston, and the connection he would have with the fans, and the instantaneous widespread fan growth that would take place throughout what presently is Cowboy Country, and it just seems that Vince is too right for the Texans to pick. (Plus, it would be extremely awkward to attend a Texans-Titans game, with VY at QB for Tenn., and have half the crowd secretly cheering for a Titans win and/or disappointed with a Titans loss.)

    And I by no means am a VY homer. Hell, I'm an LSU alum who would love to see either Bush or Young in a Texans uniform - and that's with Domanick Davis in the backfield.

    But you watch the big plays Vince makes in crunch situations, see how his teammates gravitate to him, and keep in mind that the combine has been completely wrong about guys before...the question becomes, who do you want to lead this team?

    Reggie Bush would be a great addition, but he's not in a position to lead the team like a QB. He just isn't. Vince is, and would be a much better leader than David Carr has been. And I think that's what this team needs. David Carr has had four years - FOUR YEARS - to do something. The article makes a great point - what if Carr's problems are not because of the OL, but are because Carr just isn't as good as we'd like him to be? At some point you have to take the right step forward.

    Add to that the comments by Gary Kubiak about how he wants Carr to be able to throw on the run, and tuck the ball and run...is there anybody better than doing that who's in the draft than Vince? As for right now, Vince Young just feels so right, more so than Reggie Bush.

    Feel free to disagree. Just my :twocents: . All I really know is, April 29 can't come soon enough.
     
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    Well said. :ok: Those words would fit in perfectly in just about every post in this forum.
     
  7. LoneStarState

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    Reggie Bush will be a great addition. More talent on the offensive side of the ball - which used to feature Jabar Gaffney and Cory Bradford and no TE to speak of. With Reggie, you get a running back and a receiver and a leader.

    Vince is definitely an outstanding athlete. But he is not a fit for the Texans. First, he is primarily a running qb. The type of offense he excelled in at UT is not an NFL offense. He will not be able to tuck the ball and run on every play like he did at UT. That means at least a 2 year learning period. Carr has had a rough go of it. I've done my share of name calling and yelling for Tony Banks after the first sack. BUT - honestly, do you think the Texans gave him much of a chance to succeed? No true QB coach or coaching, no OL to speak of, 2 years of setting records for sacks (yes - some of which were his fault), 1 reciever to speak of, and a running back, who when healthy (and that's key here) can manage to produce enough to open up the offense a little.

    Year 5 and the jury is still out on the Texans front office and Carr. BUT they have to give him the tools to succeed. If he can't prosper under Kubiak or with weapons including AJ, DD, Moulds, Putzier, AND Bush, then we got problems. BUT Bush makes the biggest impact now to improve the offense, play to WIN the games (not just stay close) and put butts in seats.
     
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    Great post. I made the same argument (somewhat less eloquently) a month or more ago. If they were both leaders it would be a different story, perhaps, but combining the leadership with the touching the ball on every play makes VY the better choice, especially if we were able to move down a bit and save some money.

    Alas, I don't think it'll happen. There's too much lemming in all of us.

    In any case, the Texans will be a MUCH more interesting team next year than in ANY year previous. We've all got that to look forward to.
     
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    You know what the Texans need to do? Win. Now. Enough with all of the sentimental crap about VY and UT and Houston and what not. He's not going to do anything in this league for the next 2 seasons, if ever. If the NFL was about something else other than winning might I care about the VY drama. Take away the Rose Bowl win against a weak *** USC defense and VY would be lucky to break the top 15 in the draft.

    Bush will be ready to play on the 1st down of the season. He won't be holding a clipboard. He fits your offense. VY doesn't even fit in the NFL. Forget about trading down for the sake of trading down because you're afraid or because your lust for VY cannot be sated.
     
  10. LoneStarState

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    Yeah - what el toro said...
     
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    I call Vince Young a "One Hit Wonder". Remember those? Guys that had one awesome trip to the top, but then fell back down again, never to be seen again. Will Vince fall into obscurity? Of course not. He will make a bad-**** Raider. But considering him with the #1 pick? It's a bad joke.
     
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    What you say about Bush is true!
    Your take on VY ,IMO is crap! We will see how well VY plays in the NFL soon enough!
    :cool:
     
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    Hmm. At some point you have to look at some stats. John Elway was not a SB QB his first four years. David Carr's stats match him almost perfectly. Want to compare him to someone in the NFL right now? Joey Harrington has the exact same stats as David Carr.... and they were drafted the same year. What is the only difference between Elway, Harrington and Carr? SACKS. David has a record breaking number of sacks, stemming from the inaugural year. Neither Harrington nor Elway had that kind of pressure. So before I go on, tell me this.

    Do you honestly believe that David wouldn't have performed better if he had not had the pressure? I want you to post the answer to that. Explain to me how a QB with less pressure... a QB with time to step back, set his feet, and go through progression.... would perform the same under a stressful situation? Would Peyton Manning (Dan Marino the 2nd) perform like he does if his O-line couldn't stop the rush? Not a chance.

    I am not a Carr :homer: . Honestly I don't know what to think. But I wont sit and watch people say that he should have performed better. Try putting VY in that situation. UT had a fabulous OL. The Texans do not, at the moment. I would not want to see the young stud get creamed, but I think he will understand the true meaning of pain when he is tackled by quick, unhesitant and thick LB'ers in the Big League.
     
  14. Frank_The_Tank

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    I do not agree that David Car had identical stats as John Elway for their first 4 years in the league. I do not even believe you can compare the two guys.


    Games Started
    Carr yr1 16 yr2 12 yr3 16 yr4 16
    Elway yr1 11 yr2 15 yr3 16 yr4 16
    YARDS
    CARR: YR1 2592 Yr2 2013 Yr3 3531 Yr4 2488
    Elway: Yr1 1663 Yr2 2598 Yr3 3891 Yr4 3485
    Touchdowns
    Carr: 9, 9, 16, 14
    Elway: 7, 18, 22, 19
     
  15. Frank_The_Tank

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    There is a lot of hatefull commints about Vince carr in this thread?
     
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    Hmm. Elway has less than 1000 more yards and 18 more TDs. I agree that the TD difference is significant, but the yardage was what I was looking at. They are close enough for comparison, but I agree if you say that they didnt have "identical" stats. I was just making a point. Harrington probably has more TDs than Carr too... but I know for a fact that Joey, David and John had only 10,000 yards by the end of their 4th season as starter. I am arguing that David could have had more impressive yardage and TDs with less pressure. Thanks for the stats, though. IMO they can be easily compared.
     
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    Carr 60 Starts 10624 48 TD
    Elway 58 Starts 11637 66 TD
    1000 more yards - 18 more TDs - two fewer starts

    I agree that Carr is in the same league as Joey Harrington but
    David Carrs does not belong anywhere near, or in any comparison to John Elway
     
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    I'm telling you guys....Reggie is the safe pick. But when it comes down to it....who is better David Carr or Domanick Davis? Sure we don't know what Carr can do with an O-line....but we do know what DD can do....and when he is healthy....its 'one of the best RB in the league' type stuff. Can we say Carr is going to be a top QB in the league with an O-line. On the other side, who knows whether Vince will pan out, now saying he is a run first QB is dumb, and apparently you never watched any of his college games (just because he took an entire team on his back and ran in the touchdown to take out the back to back defending National Champs doesn't mean he was doing it all year or hell, even game, look up the stats) but he is still a risk so thats why i am offically in the trade down camp. We have an above average RB already to justify taking Bush, and we aren't in a position to start taking risks with Vince (especially with a entirely new coaching staff...they don't want to start making those mistakes yet), so the obvious safest thing here....trade down. Could end up making the biggest impact anyways.

    And when i say an above average RB im not saying DD is as good as BUsh by any means. I'm just saying that he is a RB that a team can win a Super Bowl with, and we could use talent in several other places. Now when i say trade down....i'm talking about still satying in the top 6-7. ANything below that and we better snap up Bush.
     
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    what runningback ever took their team to a superbowl and dont say walter payton b/c he didn't go until they got the best defense known to man.....f.y.i......gayle sayers never went to the superbowl despite what he did for the team...oh yea barry sanders, earl campbell,jim brown,and i think eric dickerson never went also, so what does that say, if you dont know then let me tell you it means that RB is not the answer guy and QB's are the General's on the field and they make things happen.......like my mom always told me "people are afraid of what they don't understand(referring to VY)"
     
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    Nicely written article, was entertaining to read. However, it still boils down to how our coaching staff and front office evaluate our current talent and draft talent. I'll be happy with any of the following guys Bush, Mario, Vince, AJ, D'Brick or VD(avis).
     

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