Vince Young: Relevant Comparisons

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  1. Dr. Toro

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    There seem to be a number of controversies about Vince Young's skills, his arm strength (Mort report said marginal), speed (not fast enough or slower than Vick), passing ability, etc. Let's take a look at his closest peers, and how they performed in college to get an idea at what Young can do physically.

    Matt Jones: 4.37 time in the 40. Mediocre college passer with questionable motivation. Similar (around 7.5) ypc average to Young, with significantly less carries. Same size as Young. Still a burner in the big leagues.

    Mike Vick: 4.36 time in the 40. Mediocre college passer with tremendous arm strength. Lower (around 5.5) ypc average than Young, with a similar amount of carries. Much smaller, has been injured a lot. Still a burner, makes plays with fantastic quickness/acceleration/change of speed.

    Vince Young: Speed- No idea what the 40 time is, Rivals.com lists it as 4.4 when he was a HS senior. Don't know how accurate that time is, but he's likely to have gotten faster in college. He runs past DBs is all I can see. Numerous opponents have said the long stride makes him very deceptive. I wouldn't be surprised to see him clock a similar time to Jones/Vick.

    Passing- Threw the deep ball best this year, led country in passing efficiency, showed ability to throw sharp short-mid range passes. Obviously, what we haven't seen out of Vince Young is the ability to throw Brett Favre/David Carr 30-35 yard rockets. Put up nice stats with an unheralded WR corps, excellent TE who he found regularly.

    Size-Height is a tremendous asset, sees the field extremely well, despite motion, don't recall many passes being batted. His weight/elusiveness makes him very durable. The only big hit I've seen him take was from AJ Hawk, and Young dealt a little blow too. Tough take down.

    When I see Vince Young, I see Jones size/speed, quickness similar to Vick, and a more refined passing ability than Vick, with less raw arm strength and a funky delivery. What do yall think about his game? I'm hoping we can get an honest assessment of his physical skills here, which vary in media and scouting accounts quite a bit.
     
  2. tulexan

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    He did not lead the country in passing efficiency. He may have at one point in the season, but Rudy Carpenter and Brian Brohm were both more efficient to him.
     
  3. Dr. Toro

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    Carpenter passed him after the Insight Bowl, why split hairs?
     
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    Brian Brohm was still above him
     
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    Brohm also passed him in the bowl season. Young led after the regular season. Bottom line he was an exceedingly effective passer.
     
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    Brian Brohm didn't play in the bowl game
     
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    Young's passing efficiency came down after the Rose Bowl from 168 to 163. He went 30-40, 267 with no touches or INTs.
     
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    I am not sure that there are relevant comparisons to VY.

    Or Reggie Bush for that matter.

    I have a hard time figuring out who to compare them to in both college and NFL football. By body type, style of play, confidence and skills.

    Everytime I try to come up with a comparison, they are not quite right. Vick/Jones aren't quite right.

    JMO.
     


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    I would say that he is like a McNabb without the arm strength or passing abilities.
     
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    I've heard many compare him to Randall Cunningham and I think that's about as fair as it gets. Only Randall never had the intangibles like Vince does.

    The college efficiency rating is based largely on YPA as well as TDs per attempt. Because Vince added 40 attempts w/o any TDs, his rating came down. On the NFL QB rating it probably would've gone up as his completion percentage rose.

    Anti-Young's like to point this out because it doesn't put Vince in such a fair light as being #1 in passing efficiency. He 'only' finished 3rd.
     
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    Stats please?
     
  12. Dr. Toro

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    I think the Cunningham comparison is the closest, Pete Carroll said something like that prior to the matchup. Young is already 20-30 pounds heavier than Randall, and I don't know how they compare speed wise. Cunningham was fast, not quite as slick as Young.
     
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    I don't need stats. I have seen both play. McNabb is a very accurate deep ball thrower. Vince Young is not.
     
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    Yeah, Vince simply throws jump balls (Isn't that what you called it, tulexan?) for his WRs.

    49-0 and 63-18 must've stung pretty deep.
     
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    are you talking about when Tulane played Texas?
     
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    For anyone that wants to know ...

    The NFL and NCAA use the exact same stats to compute QB rating, the only differences are in the additional calculations made on the 4 base stats.

    NFL

    a = (Comp. % - 30) * .05
    b = (TD's/Att) * .2
    c = 2.375 - ((INT's/Att) * .25)
    d = (YDS/Att - 3) * .25

    -If a or d is greater than 2.375, then use 2.375, if either one is less than 0, use 0.
    -If b is greater than 2.375, then use 2.375 for b.
    -If c is less than 0, use 0 for c.

    Rating = ((a+b+c+d)/6) * 100

    NCAA

    a = Completion percentage
    b = Percentage of Touchdowns (per attempt)
    c = Percentage of Interceptions (per attempt)
    d = Yards Per attempt

    Rating = a+(3.3*b)-(2*c)+(8.4*d)
     
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    A McNabb comparison wouldn't be a bad one. Ricky v. Donovan, Donovan picked, an unhappy choice, Philly boos. Donovan dint win no Heisman

    McNabb ends up being a 4 time Probowler and goes to a Superbowl.

    If you compare their last season college stats, you can tell why VY is a legit choice in that spot, and why the McNabb comparison is not quite right (a little shorter too).

    Vince Young:

    3036 passing yards
    65.2 completion percentage
    325 attempts for 212 completions, 9.3 av yards per attempt
    26 passing TDs with 10 INTs
    155 rushes for 1050 yards, 6.8 av yards per attempt, 12 rushing TDs

    Donovan McNabb:

    2326 passing yards
    60.85 completion percentage
    281 attempts for 171 completions, 8.3 av yards per attempt
    23 passing TDs with 6 INTs
    155 rushes for 510 yards, 3.3 av yards per attempt, 8 rushing TDs

    I know stats aren't the whole story with a player, but I like knowing them, and the stuff that VY shows beyond the amazing stats too.

    You take just about any "relevant comparison" guy, and there is always something that makes the comparison not quite right.

    I just know that statistically, VY ranks with the best college QBs of all time already, and I think he still has an upside from that, so certainly picking him as a #1 is not a reach.

    All my eyes say is that I have never seen anybody like him and don't know who to compare him to.
     
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    Vince Young (last college season), Drafted ????

    3036 passing yards
    65.2 completion percentage
    325 attempts for 212 completions, 9.3 av yards per attempt
    26 passing TDs with 10 INTs
    155 rushes for 1050 yards, 6.8 av yards per attempt, 12 rushing TDs


    Daunte Culpepper (last college season) Drafted 11th:

    3690 passing yards
    73.63 completion percentage
    402 attempts for 296 completions, 9.2 av yards per attempt
    28 passing TDs with 7 INTs
    141 rushes for 463 yards, 3.3 av yards per attempt, 12 rushing TDs

    Against the following opponents:

    at Louisiana Tech
    Eastern Illinois
    at Purdue
    at Bowling Green
    at Toledo
    Northern Illinois
    at SW Louisiana
    Youngstown St.
    at Auburn
    Ball St.
    New Mexico

    There were a lot of questions about his development because of his competition:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/1999/nfldraft/news/1999/04/12/culpepper/

    Mike Vick (last college season), Drafted 1st

    1439 passing yards
    54.19 completion percentage
    179 attempts for 97 completions, 8.0 av yards per attempt
    9 passing TDs with 7 INTs
    113 rushes for 636 yards, 5.6 av yards per attempt, 9 rushing TDs


    And Vince's stats would have been even more stacked had his team not scored so quickly in games and he had to be taken out in the 3rd quarter.

    I don't really see any relevant comparison quarterbacks.
     
  19. Vinny

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    Warren at HPF calculated Youngs passer rating using the NFL method and he ended up as one of the top rated passers in either rating system. Young is tough to compare to everyone...there really hasn't been anyone like him in the NFL.
    http://www.houstonprofootball.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&postid=61679#post61679
     
  20. Glacier

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    This is an interesting thing said here. "There really hasn't been anyone like him in the NFL"


    I saw something interesting that some random sports writer thought up....

    He said, "Vince Young is the future of the Quarterback Position in the NFL. Built like a Tight End, runs like a half back, throws like a Quarterback. In 2025, all NFL Quarterbacks will be like Vince Young."


    That made a lot of sense to me. Sure he has some flaws that people are going to pick at. I hope he falls to #18! ;) I'm a Cowboy's fan, remember?
     

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