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Vince Not As Young As Before

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New Packers QB Vince Young is looking to claw his way back into the NFL after sitting out for the entire 2012 season. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.
New Packers QB Vince Young is looking to claw his way back into the NFL after sitting out for the entire 2012 season. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images.

While watching the Packers officially usher in the start to their 2013 season in Friday night’s preseason opener versus the Arizona Cardinals, do not adjust your television set should you see Vince Young lined up under center for Green Bay.

As I am sure you are aware by now, the Packers signed Young to a one-year deal earlier this week.

As with the majority of free agent signing in the NFL, however, not everyone believes the addition of Young was a good move for the team. According to Tyler Dunne of The Journal Sentinel, a personnel executive from one of Young’s former teams was left baffled by the move.

“Something is amiss,” the executive told Dunne. “This move screams more of the state of the market right now and less of an infatuation with Vince Young.”

The unnamed executive also stated that Young has “a terrible make-up” as a backup quarterback and brought Young’s game preparation into question.  

While this move very well may have been made out of desperation in what is considered a weak quarterback market, I believe the acquisition will end up paying off in the long run.

The Vince Young who failed to properly prepare for games as a backup in the past is long gone after the former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year sat out for the entire 2012 season. He has been replaced by a man determined to redeem himself and again become a productive member of an NFL franchise.

“Back in the day, I was a young Vince,” Young told ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky. “Now I’m more mature and definitely learned from things that happened in the past. I’m married now ... 30 years old, kind of like the old head in this locker room.”

In addition to his apparent upswing in the maturity department, Young has a few other things going for him that should ultimately grant him a successful return to the NFL.

First off, Young has a fairly impressive record as a starter in the league, going 31-19 after six seasons spent between the Titans and Eagles. He was then signed by the Bills in 2012 but was released before the start of the regular season. Overall, Young has shown that when given the opportunity, he does have what it takes to win games. And do not forget that the Packers have a much better team than the Titans and Eagles had in the games that Young started for them.

The second reason why Young should make a successful comeback this season is the level of competition he is to face for the backup job in Green Bay. Young has a distinct leg up on fellow QBs Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman because of his experience. In comparison to Young’s fairly successful 50 career starts, Harrell has seen action in part of one game, throwing for 20 yards before tripping over the center and fumbling the snap. Coleman has never played a down in the NFL.

Should injury befall Pro Bowl QB Aaron Rodgers this year, I would be inclined to go with Young over the other two.

And hey, Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon was about Young’s age when he migrated from the CFL to the NFL and he had a very successful career. I am not saying that Young is going to come in and immediately light the world on fire, but one must never say never when it comes to professional sports.

As long as Young is finally ready to put his head down and get to work, his second go-around should prove to be more satisfying.