Young doesn't fit our mold, intelligence is highly valued by the Falcons. Other than Samuel and Roddy who are great athletes we have very few dumb guys.
And we were 4-12 last year...
Career 57.9% completion rate ( A career high of 62.3, 7 years ago.)
Career totals: 46 td's vs. 51 int.'s ( His high for td's in a season? 12 back when he was a rookie)
7 Career 4th QC winning drives. I think Matt Ryan did that last year alone.
40 fumbles in 60 career games.
I could go on, but you get my point.
Now, Pudge, I don't know if you moved out to Colorado to partake in the legal green, but bringing in Vince "Not-so" Young in to Atlanta is the talk of a man smoking something.
Smoking the green apparently gives me the clarity to realize that he's a backup
quarterback. Should I expect his numbers to be better than that?
You could put Young's numbers side by side with players like Kyle Orton, Chad Henne, and Ryan Fitzpatrick and you wouldn't see a huge discrepancy outside probably the fumbles. And yet if I suggested any of those guys being Ryan's backup, you wouldn't accuse me of smoking the sticky icky. I'd bet you'd be more inclined to add Mark Sanchez, in the attempt of salvaging his career…
The ideal backup in Atlanta is a QB that isn't afraid to take shots down the field, because as I've said 1000 times this year, this team needs to be able to generate big plays in order to win games, not dinking and dunking. Otherwise, you're just going to have performances like we saw in the middle of the season where the Falcons struggled
to get to 13 points.
And that player also will be able to stand in the face of pressure without taking a million sacks. Now, Young would probably take an above average rate of sacks, but he could also be able to do things with his legs that others couldn't. Redman was a statue in the pocket, and anybody that knows our OL, knows that being a statue is a bad recipe.
So unless you're going to go out and give Josh Freeman $5M/yr. to get that sort of player, then VY should be on the short list. Is he my top choice? No, but if you're talking about a guy that is in the ballpark of the criteria needed for a decent backup here in Atlanta, has played and won games in the NFL so we know the moment shouldn't be too big for him if he has to step in for 3-4 games, and probably will play for league minimum, why not sign Young.
If you sign him now and let him go through OTAs, you at least have the opportunity to evaluate him. Maybe Davis/Renfree step up and beat him out. Maybe Young's reputation as not being very "cerebral" washes him out. If so, then better sooner rather than later. And if it does happen, then you didn't spend any $$$ doing so. I'm not talking about giving him a guaranteed contract. 1-yr. $700K or whatever the veteran minimum is for a player with his experience, $0 in bonus money. If he takes it, good. If he doesn't, then you move on…