I had some serious questions about Vince’s ability to be a successful NFL QB. But his performance last night changed my mind. Sure it is easy to praise Young the day after he was named the Rose Bowl MVP for the second consecutive year. His performance last night is definitely one of the best individual performances in a big game that I can remember.
But more than stats and numbers, Vince Young proved something to me last night. I knew that he had the ability to run. I knew that he had the ability to pass. I knew that he had the ability to put up some gaudy numbers. But, last night Young proved that he can manage a game and a team. He proved to be a great leader throughout the season and he topped it off last night.
I did not think that Vince Young could beat USC by himself. And, with all respect to his teammates at UT he did it. There was a point in the game last night where Vince looked at his offensive teammates and said, “…you do your jobs the best you can, and I will make sure we win this game…”
His utter command of the game was remarkable last night. In a National Championship game, with a team riding a 34 game winning streak, if Vince Young had been tackled before he scored the winning touchdown, he still would have been the game’s MVP. That’s right, even on the losing team, Vince Young would have still won his 2nd Rose Bowl MVP.
Yes, the rest of the Longhorns deserve credit. There is no doubt they played a great game. But Vince Young was extraordinary.
I was not a Vince Young “quarterback” fan. I still have some concerns about the way he plays quarterback. But something has changed about Vince Young. He now has a combination of touch and accuracy. He now makes the throws that he is supposed to make. Last night Vince Young only had 9 incomplete passes. Yes, there were some wide open receivers. But it takes a good QB to find them and get the ball to them.
Young’s NFL stock definitely rose last night. It is possible to get way too ga-ga over an individual game. But the Vince Young I saw last night is much much closer to being an NFL caliber QB.
In my eyes, Young is no longer a Michael Vick wannabe…Mike Vick may now be a Vince Young wannabe. Young has become an accurate passer. He is able to complete passes and he is able to run like the wind. And most of all, he has proven that he can mature into a complete QB.
If Young chooses to turn pro, I believe that he will be chosen first or second. That is a major shift from my thinking going into the bowl season. One performance usually is not enough to change my mind but that was one hell of a performance.