Despite leading Texas to the 2005 national championship with one of the best individual performances in college football history, even the team that drafted Vince Young rated him below multiple other quarterbacks in the 2006 NFL Draft.
In this week’s Sports Illustrated cover story, part of the magazine’s “Where are they now?” special double issue, former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow explained how Young and his coaches started off on the wrong foot — before he even arrived.
It started in the pre-draft process, when the Titans evaluated Young, USC’s Matt Leinart and Vanderbilt’s Jay Cutler.
“Everyone felt like Vince was the third of the three,” Chow told SI. “But there was something about the owner.”
Owner Bud Adams told his staff to draft Young, who like Adams is from Houston. Young ended up being the NFL’s Rookie of the Year, but his rocky relationship with Titans coach Jeff Fisher lasted all the way through his five seasons with the team. Incidents that occurred between the two are detailed in the Sports Illustrated story.
But, what about those 2006 evaluations? Let’s see how the careers of Young, Leinart and Cutler stack up.
Drafted: 3rd overall by Titans (Offensive Rookie of the Year)
Years played: 6 (2006-11)
Games played/started: 60/50
Record as starter: 31-19
Overall stats: Passing: 8,964 yards, 46 TDs, 51 INTs, 57.9 completion percentage; Rushing: 1,456 yards, 12 TDs.
Pro Bowls: 2
Drafted: 10th overall by Arizona Cardinals
Years played: 6 (2006-09;11-12)
Games played/started: 33/18
Record as starter: 8-10
Overall stats: Passing: 4,065 yards, 15 TDs, 21 INTs, 57.1 completion percentage; Rushing: 89 yards, 2 TDs.
Drafted: 11th overall by Denver Broncos
Years played: 11 (2006-present)
Games played/started: 139/139
Record as starter: 68-71
Overall stats: Passing: 32,467 yards, 208 TDs, 146 INTs, 61.9 completion percentage; Rushing: 1,650 yards, 9 TDs.
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