In his final seven games last season, Vince Young was like a prize fighter,
knocking out opposing defenses with a combination of blows from the ground and
through the air. He was like Mike Tyson under Cus D'Amato - so good, so raw and
so ruthless. He was his own new brand of football -- the thrower, the runner and
the big-time performer.
All of these qualities were put on display last Dec. 3rd against the Colts. A
new NFL star emerged and delivered his Tennessee Titans to an upset victory over
Indianapolis, 20-17. Young will attempt to repeat this feat on Sept. 16th, when
the Colts return to Tennessee for the first time since that day.
Sure, the 60-yard field goal off the boot of Rob Bironas with just seven
seconds remaining was no doubt the shocker during that game. However, leading up
to the final blow was a remarkable performance by a young rookie signal-caller.
|Vince Young |
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Young dismantled the defense of the eventual Super Bowl Champions with a
deadly combination of run and pass, carrying the Titans to their first win over
the Colts since 2002. He compiled 241 total yards and two touchdowns, passing
for 163 yards and rushing for another 78 yards on nine attempts, averaging 8.7
yards per carry.
When the Colts guessed run, Young passed. When the defensive line collapsed,
Young knifed his way inside and weaved to the secondary.
This type of performance was not unusual - not for Young, and not for the
Colts. Indianapolis had trouble stopping the run all season. When they
faced the possibility of the quarterback taking off, they were spread pretty
Young was playing like a man possessed toward the end of 2006, leading the
Titans to a 6-1 record over the final seven games of the regular season. He
averaged 171.1 passing yards and 53.7 rushing yards during that final stretch.
That, my friends, is called a dual-threat. A one man show.
Let's hope that doesn't carry over to 2007. With a season of experience
under his belt, he should be even more lethal.