Young outruns the field, is top offensive rookie

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    NEW YORK -- Vince Young looks as if he'll make the NFL his personal playground, too.

    The dynamic quarterback for the Tennessee Titans won The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Award on Wednesday. He did it in the same fashion he turned around the Titans' season -- running away from the rest of the field.

    Young, who led Texas to the 2005 national championship and was the third overall pick in last April's draft, overwhelmed one of the strongest rookie classes in NFL history. He received 23 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league.

    That easily beat New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston and Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who had nine apiece; San Diego tackle Marcus McNeill (6); and Saints running back Reggie Bush (3).

    Running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams of Tampa Bay won the award last year. Young is the third member of the Tennessee-Houston franchise to take top rookie honors: Earl Campbell in 1978 and Eddie George in 1996 did it for the Houston Oilers.

    Young was the catalyst in Tennessee's rally from 0-5 to 8-8, at times looking as unstoppable for the Titans as he did with the Longhorns. A starter from Week 4, Young sprinkled all kinds of spectacular big plays with a growing maturity in joining Ben Roethlisberger (2004) as the only quarterbacks to win top rookie honors in the 49-year history of the award.

    He became the first rookie quarterback to rush for more than 500 yards in the Super Bowl era, and his passing skills improved all year under coach Jeff Fisher and offensive coordinator Norm Chow.

    "I like to go out there and play the game and show that I can deliver the ball down the field, and that I can use my legs at the right time, when it's time to use my legs, and checking the ball down, just being a quarterback," Young said. "I want to change the game a little bit."

    Offensive Rookie of Year voting
    Player Team Votes
    Vince Young Tennessee 23
    Marques Colston New Orleans 9
    Maurice Jones-Drew Jacksonville 9
    Marcus McNeil San Diego 6
    Reggie Bush New Orleans 3

    He's already helped change the perception of what a first-year quarterback can do given playing time. Young sat and learned for barely a month while Kerry Collins started and the Titans struggled. Then Fisher turned to the youngster well before he'd planned.

    And Young delivered as the Titans threatened to become the first team to lose its opening five games and then make the playoffs. They were in contention until the final weekend, thanks greatly to a six-game winning streak that included a remarkable comeback from 21-0 down in the final 10 minutes to beat the Giants.

    "He was very prepared when he got here because of the experience he had in college," said Fisher, who along with Tennessee's scouts and general manager Floyd Reese chose Young over Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler in the draft. "We knew that he had a chance to improve and obviously that's why we went ahead and started him when we did. We felt like he was ready."

    Chow, who worked with Heisman Trophy winners Leinart and Carson Palmer at Southern California, is considered one of the finest teachers of quarterbacks in the business. What does he like most about Young, who left Texas after his junior season?

    "Besides the physical skills, it's the will and the strength inside, the 'it' factor that a quarterback either has or doesn't have," Chow said. "Obviously, he has it. The quickness in which he won the team over and the quickness in which he became the leader, the guy everybody looked up to, that was special.

    "Vince Young has this great ability to lift others around him. To see him do it so quickly, that wasn't a surprise, but it was certainly good to see."

    Perhaps Young's finest moment was a 39-yard TD run in overtime to beat Houston, his hometown team that bypassed the Lone Star State hero to take defensive end Mario Williams atop the draft. There seemed to be as many Titans No. 10 jerseys in Reliant Stadium as any Texans shirts.

    "It was a great ending," Young said. "Being from Houston and being in front of my family and the fans that respect me as a player and a person, as well, it can't get any better than that."

  2. dragon_mikal

    dragon_mikal Fire Garrett

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    Good for him. I hope he takes the NFL by storm and makes the Texans curse Casserly for the rest of his days.
  3. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    i dont see how Reggie Bush got 3 votes...

    But Go Young!
  4. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Did you think he shouldn't have got any?
  5. peplaw06

    peplaw06 That Guy

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    HH appearance in 3.....2......1......
  6. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    no, he was average at best to me, maybe 1 because he was a kr and rb
  7. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    When you are a rookie RB that is Number 10 in receptions in the NFL (including WRs, TEs and other RBs) that is nothing to sneeze at.

    With what role he was given by the team he gave the team 1500+ all purpose yards.

    Not bad for a rookie who split time with a pretty good RB already on the team.
  8. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    I figured that's what you meant. But I guess he made just enough spectacular plays to live up to a few people's expectations.

    I thought the gap would be closer between Colston and Young. But it's hard for a WR to top a QB in any contest.
  9. Hostile

    Hostile The Duke

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    If he was online I'd say you would be right.

    Someone put out the bat signal for him.
  10. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Colston may have won it if he didn't get hurt and miss a few games near the end of the season. He wasn't spectacular down the stretch. The voters usually have short memories and Young was playing well later in the year than Colston. Either one of those guys were deserving and the top two rookies this season in my opinion.
  11. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    I'm torn. If we win on Saturday, he continues to post. If we lose, he takes a powder for a month. Hmmm.
  12. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    I will do my impression:

    Radio was not that good. He throws like a girl and doesn't deserve the award. He is probably the worst rookie to ever win the award. In a couple of years he won't be anything because every defensive coordinator will scheme to stop his running and he won't be able to do anything. Look what Dallas did to him. I've seen highschool QBs that could do better than him. Come on he barely completed over 50% of his passes. The Titans have the most young talent in the NFL. Fisher is a great coach. The Titans managed to win in spite of his wussy throws. Did I mention he throws like a girl?​
  13. rcaldw

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    Where is Wrangler87? He told me a few days ago that Young wouldn't win this award? Hope he checks in ;)

    Seriously, though. There was a little bit of news that softened the blow for the Texans today. DeMeco Ryans, their 2nd round choice, was named the defensive rookie of the year.
  14. aikemirv

    aikemirv Well-Known Member

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    If you take out the lore of the Giants game, do you still think he wins the award?
  15. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    Yes because it wasn't his only good performance. He played well against Indy and had a very good game against Buffalo late in the year. Take out the Giants game and it becomes a closer vote, but he still was good enough to win.
  16. rcaldw

    rcaldw Well-Known Member

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    Don't forget the game winning run against the Texans either.

    I think that is the point. Young had SEVERAL big moments during that winning streak, alot like he had in College, and THAT is what sealed it for him.

    I like the choice because it demonstrates that it isn't just about a QB rating. Man could today's fantasy football NFL fan learn a lesson about that.
  17. Wrangler87

    Wrangler87 Well-Known Member

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    I'm right here. Popularity contest? Who else was there? Colston probably deserved it, but no one has his jersey, so......

    It does not change the fact that he is the lowest rated starting QB in the entire NFL. The entire NFL. That's lower than Harrington, Frye, Garrard, Alex Smith, Grossman.....the list goes on. Everyone. Why is the media so reluctant to bring up this point? They have kept it kind of buried, huh? Quincy Carter finished his Rookie season with a better QB rating than Vince Young.

    Oh, so he runs for a lot of yards. Is he a RB? When did the last "running QB" win a Super Bowl? QB's throw the ball, and run only when they have to.

    Flat out popularity vote.

    Four years from now, if he doesn't develop a passing game, he will be in the same place Vick is. Everyone will be wondering why he never became the Hall of Fame QB the media dubbed him as. I have some advice for him. Establish yourself as a passer. You have a long way to go.
  18. Wrangler87

    Wrangler87 Well-Known Member

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    Young is popular.

    No one mentions the Titans 8 kick returns for TD's.

    Three defensive TD's.

    Travis Henry running unconcious.

    Improved defense.

    I think those things had a bit more to do with the wins than a QB with a 60 something QB Rating and more interceptions than touchdowns.
  19. T-New41

    T-New41 Shut 'em Down

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    I guess everyone should just discount the fact that the Titans were 0-5 with him on the bench, and 8-3 with him as a starter.
  20. gbrittain

    gbrittain Well-Known Member

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    Just think the Texans could have easily and should have drafted Vince Young.

    They could have had both defensive and offensive rookie of the year.

    Oh well at least they have Carr...:laugh2:

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