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Shawn Zobel
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Shawn Zobel

The founder and editor of Draft

Young Trumps Leinart


When looking at the debate of whether I'd rather have Vince Young or Matt Leinart on my team, there are a few different aspects that I looked at to come up with my answer.

First, Young has far more experience as a starting quarterback, with a career record of 18-11 as a starting quarterback, including leading his team to the playoffs in 2007. The former rookie of the year and Madden cover athlete, he's clearly accomplished more in his career thus far than Leinart has. Leinart has a career record of 7-9 with no playoff experience and he has had no experience as the full-time starter for his team.

In 2006, Young recorded six-straight wins with four of them being won in fourth-quarter comebacks. Since his days as the Texas Longhorn quarterback, Young has been one of the most clutch football players at any level. He led his team to the National Championship in his junior year, and he had an immediate impact with the Titans.

When you look at character and off-the-field issues, this is a push. Both players have had concerns off the field; in September of 2008, Young went missing and after a four-hour search for him, he met with Titans head coach Jeff Fisher to discuss his troubles. For Leinart, the former USC quarterback's history of partying has been well-documented by the media. Either way you're getting a quarterback who's still developing on the field and still maturing off of it.

Statistically, it isn't close. Young's 4,964 yards passing with a 57.3% completion percentage is far better than Leinart's 3,458 yards and 55.8% completion percentage. That also doesn't include Young's 974 yards rushing and 10 rushing touchdowns. Young's added dimension as a running threat out of the backfield makes him even more of an attractive option over Leinart.

While Leinart has the tools that many scouts look for, he's yet to put everything together at the NFL level. Whether it's coaching or a lack of playing time, it's hard to argue for why you'd want to take a chance on him. With Young, he has shown that he has the ability to win at the NFL level, he's shown that he can get to the playoffs, and he's shown that he's capable of being the clutch player that the Titans drafted him to be. For me, I'd take Young.

By Shawn Zobel  |  June 12, 2009; 9:36 AM ET  | Category:  Arizona Cardinals , Draft , Fantasy Football , Free Agency , Reggie Bush , Tennessee Titans Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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