He is hoping to get a second chance. To earn it he went back to where it all began and went through Pro Day at his alma mater. That doesn't take care of the attitude issues though.
Young did take a big step in the right direction with a letter he sent to his former coach, Jeff Fisher. In it he said he apologized for his behavior and how he handled things back during their time together.
"I definitely wanted to apologize (to Fisher) for the things that I did, letting him know about the frustration, a lot of different things that was going on in my life at the time, and want him to know that I really did appreciate him trying to make me become one of those type of leaders on the team, a successful quarterback," he said. (Yahoo)
Awesome food, but come on--5 grand? Then there is the matter of the loan he took out for $300K to throw himself an epic birthday party when he was already well on his way to broke.
Not a good move Vince.
What's really telling is his inability to take responsibility for his performance in Tennesee. While off-field issues can play a factor in a person's game, he isn't the only pro to have issues off the field--it's no excuse.
“I don’t really feel like it was my game, I just feel like it was some off-the-field issues, with some of the things that, as I was cleaning up a lot of the mess outside the field, I really feel like teams don’t want their quarterback to be in that position, of being distracted,” Young said. “It was nothing about my game, it’s just those things have to be cleared up before I get that opportunity.” (BlackSportsOnline)
Hmm...so it had nothing to do with how he played huh? Let's review:
- His best rating was a 98.8 but he averaged 74.4. To help put that into perspective Mark Sanchez has averaged 71.1.
- He's thrown 46 TDs to 51 INTs.
- His career completion percentage of 57.9 is right down there with what Jake Locker and Brandon Weeden did last season.
Young was an incredibly gifted athlete and player in college, but outside of his first two season in the league he did not play very well. That was why he got benched. That is what led to him being let go. Yes, his attitude problem which were apparently fueled by off-field issues helped hurry the end of his career in Tennessee along, but in the end he was not getting the job done.
If you really want to rehab your image Vince try not making excuses. The letter was a good step, but you have to take responsibility for what happened on the field as much as off.