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Leinart or Young Who Would You Take?

They starred in arguably the most exciting Rose Bowl ever, but three years into their NFL careers which quarterback would you pick, Matt Leinart or Vince Young?

Posted by Emil Steiner on June 12, 2009 9:23 AM
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ozpunk: I think it's safe to call them both busts since neither one is a starter 3 years after both being top 10 draft picks, but I still think Youn...

TennMom: Both have the talent to succeed in the NFL, though I question whether either possesses the psychological acuity to endure in the toughest of...

charley42: Absolutely positively Vince Young. His potential is so much greater. He'll mature as he gets older....

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JPRS Author Profile Page :

At this stage in their careers, no question that Vince Young has had the better career. He's actually took his team to the playoffs.

As far as going forward, it really depends.

Of course, if you're building a team from scratch the answer is "neither".

If you're limited to those two options it's really a question of what kind of system you're running (assuming that Vince Young decides to even play again).

Leinart would be the hands down pick for a pass heavy west coast offense. Young though would be the choice for a team that's built around running and which sees the QB's role as the change up (kind of like they were doing in Tennessee before Young had his meltdown). Young is the better all-around talent. Leinart could be a serviceable starter in the NFL, but he's not the kind of QB whose likely to give defensive coordinator fits. Young was a lot more unpredictable on the field (and now off-the-field as well -- apparently).

galleryplace Author Profile Page :

I would take Ben Roethlisberger...he knows how to win.

turncoat555 Author Profile Page :

Personally I'd rather have Michael Vick than either of these two losers and I don't like Vick. In fact I think he's a thug, but he's still better in and out of the pocket. It is really outstanding how bad both these college superstars became.

katfish Author Profile Page :

If it was only about ability you would have to take VY. He has a bigger arm and can scramble which is even more of a threat in today's spread out Wild Cat formations. Unfortunately for him we have to factor more than just ability which is why this is a hard question.
If VY is suicidal then no one is going to want to follow him for leadership and no one is going to trust him. If he loses that then his talent doesn't amount to squat. Leinart acted the fool but he is still sane. People can trust him. For that reason I think he has to get the pick, but it's a squeeker.

handsomepete789 Author Profile Page :

The Stories about Young have been blown way out of proportion. As usual the media took some hearsay and ran with it to the rumor mill. Think about it though. If Young really tried to kill himself he would have been locked up for at least 48 hrs. There would have to be some kind of record of it? And more than that, if he had tried to kill himself why would the Titans keep him on as their backup.

Dellis2 Author Profile Page :

I'd rather have Jay Cutler.

drs_bnsnyahoocom Author Profile Page :

I would pick Vince Young however this is a good example of letting the college players come out before they are ready on the field or off the field .Also Vince was injured most of the past year give him a healthy shot he will show his stuff.

ozpunk Author Profile Page :

I think it's safe to call them both busts since neither one is a starter 3 years after both being top 10 draft picks, but I still think Young has the greater upside vs Leinart. Vince has ok accuracy but too many interceptions, but if he had good recievers it would be a huge help. In this area Leinart would have the benefit of throwing to a very talented corps that could make his passing numbers look better than his skill level. Still, Vince could take a page from McNabb who either throws a ball to the receivers hands or shoelaces, but both make it difficult to pick off. Also he is far more mobile than Matt which is a big plus, but he took way too many sacks in 06 and 07 and should more inclined to throw the ball away when facing the blitz if the hot read is not there. These are things that could be coached and I think with a little more seasoning and maturity Vince could have the better career down the stretch. I think both will get a chance to start again, Matt is just waiting for Kurt Warner's hip to get broken and Vince just needs to pray that Kerry's sciatica starts acting up again. Hopefully they can make the most of it this time...

TennMom Author Profile Page :

Both have the talent to succeed in the NFL, though I question whether either possesses the psychological acuity to endure in the toughest of jobs. As a Tennessean I admit that I've not followed Leinart too closely, but I have seen and heard enough around Nashville to come to a conclusion about Young. Either Vince or his mama needs to cut the "apron strings." His "melt down" last year became a big story only because Mama Young panicked when her grown son cut off communication for a few hours. Imagine if you will that you are an adult, and a millionaire of your own making, who cannot go "off grid" without mama pushing the panic button. Vince should build mama a Texas mansion so he can be free to go about the day to day business of being a man and an NFL QB.

charley42 Author Profile Page :

Absolutely positively Vince Young. His potential is so much greater. He'll mature as he gets older.

 
 
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