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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Was there ever any doubt? Young named Offensive Rookie of the Year

Contrary to the belief of the obviously wise and prophetic pundit, Merrill Hoge, proud Houston native Vince Young has been selected by virtue of a landslide vote as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Young joins Ben Roethlisberger as the only rookie quarterbacks to earn such an honor in the 49-year history of the award. The Tennessee Titans were floundering with a 0-5 record when Coach Jeff Fischer was forced to play Young a bit earlier than he would have liked. With Young at the head of the Titans offense, the Titans finished the year 8-8 and were still in contention for an AFC Wildcard Birth the last week of the season. Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow observed, "Besides the physical skills, it's the will and the strength inside, the 'it' factor that a quarterback either has or doesn't have … obviously, he [Vince Young] has it … the quickness in which he won the team over and the quickness in which he became the leader, the guy everybody looked up to, that was special.” Young finished the year passing for over 2100 yards and 12 touchdowns as well as rushing for over 500 yards and 7 touchdowns. He became the first NFL rookie quarterback to rush for over 500 yards in a season.

Young beat out Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints), Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars), Marcus McNeill (San Diego Chargers), and Reggie Bush (New Orleans Saints) for the award. Young garnered 23 of 50 votes and enjoyed a 14 vote lead over both Jones-Drew and Colston who tied for second. Congratulations to Vince Young – Proud Longhorn and Proud Son of Houston!


Blogger FuckingBrian said...

Why is this longer than the DeMeco post? Houston fans aren't going to move on if we keep talking about Vince. He's not on our team - that's unfortunate but lets move on.

Wed Jan 03, 05:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fucking Brian, I'd ask you to take note of who penned the VY post. That's right...the resident Dallas Cokeboys fan. Take the length of that love note with a grain of salt.

I'll also say this: I don't think anyone had any real doubt that DeMeco was going to win ROY. But there were several pundits who thought Eric Metcalf, Jr. down in Nawleans or Mojo Drew might edge out VY in the offensive category. Not that DeMeco's dominating performance this season shouldn't be trumpeted, but I think you know how high we are on your alma mater's finest here at H-Town Sports.

Wed Jan 03, 06:36:00 PM  
Blogger Ted Bosquez said...

Today should be a good day for the city of Houston. It's own DeMeco Ryans is named Defensive Rookie of the Year and it's famous son Vince Young is named Offensive Rookie of the Year - Houston swept the Rookie of the Year awards - celebrate and enjoy the moment.

Wed Jan 03, 08:51:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

Still waiting for some crack analysis of the resignation of Van Chancellor...

Thu Jan 04, 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger Ted Bosquez said...

Done Skipper - Van Chancellor coverage you demand...Van Chancellor coverage you get!

Thu Jan 04, 09:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am I the only one that did not think VY should be the obvious choice for offensive rookie of the year? Certainly deserving, but I dont think it was a "no-brainer" type decision as this post suggests.

Thu Jan 04, 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

I thought that Rex Grossman deserved some votes. Sure he was up and down and made some "rookie mistakes", but his team is the freaking #1 seed in the NFC! Huh? What?

Thu Jan 04, 03:38:00 PM  
Blogger Ted Bosquez said...

Of course, come to think of it - I think Ryan Leaf should have got some consideration - he really tore it up in the Seattle flag football leagues this year.

Thu Jan 04, 05:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That guy was a roller coaster ride at best throughout this year!

He may be easily exposed in the playoffs.... Also, it just goes to show you how far a good defense can take you.

Thu Jan 04, 05:07:00 PM  
Blogger Ted Bosquez said...

Honestly, I believe that there is something to be said for the resurgence of the Tennessee defense as being a key component of Young's success because they kept the team in position for its several fourth quarter victories and outright won one game.

That being said, it's not like the other leading rookie contenders did not have assistance as well in making their mark. Colston and Bush both played for a team with an MVP-type quarterback and a host of talented skill position players. Marcus McNeill played tackle on a team with one of the greatest running backs in NFL history, an elite tight end, several above average receivers, and one of the emerging young superstars at the QB position. Maurice Jones-Drew split carries with a workhorse back in Fred Taylor in one of the league's more potent running attacks.

No man is an island in NFL football certainly and Young's success speaks volumes for the Titans' defense and the rejuvenation of Travis Henry's career, but that being said the QB position bears a great deal of pressure and is easily the most difficult position for a rookie to come into the NFL and succeed. Look at Matt Leinhart who had All-Pro receivers in Arizona and yet still three more INTs than TDs and had a similarly dismal QB rating.

If you combine Young's play at QB with the attitude that his teammates and coaches have attributed to him, then you have the making of a player who helped redefine the persona of a team that was 0-5 and getting its teeth kicked in.

I salute him for how much he did with so little - it wasn't pretty, but his teammates believed him and admit to feeding off his enthusiasm and energy. Sometimes, it's not just the numbers that tell the story ...

Thu Jan 04, 05:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Andy said...

Well said. Numbers dont always tell the whole story, and clearly every player needs the help of those around him to succeed at some level.

However, even though the QB position is the most difficult to play, I think it benefited VY in the ROY voting. All things considered, VY was still the most legitimate choice, but that he was the no brainer is just silly.

But the voting system is not points, its one man and one vote. So if most voters thought VY was the best, even by a small margin, he can still win by a lot. I know my vote would have been for Vince.

In retrospect, its amazing how many rookies had big-time contributions on the offensive side of the ball: Young, Bush, Jones-Drew, Addai, Colston, Maroney, and even Marcus McNeill!

Fri Jan 05, 08:55:00 AM  
Blogger Ted Bosquez said...

Fair points Andy and well said - it was a truly amazing rookie class - Young, Leinhart, Cutler, Jones-Drew, Bush, Colston, Addai, McNeill, DeMeco Ryans, Maroney, and Hester all had impressive rookie outings - and then you factor in the large number of other rookies who started for their respective squads contributing valuable minutes like Pat Watkins (FS - Cowboys), Cedric Griffin (CB - Vikings), Jon Scott (OT - Detroit), Mario Williams (DL - Texans), David Thomas (TE - Patriots), etc. - it was a very productive and exceptionally deep draft this year.

I admit - I would say that McNeill and Jones-Drew would be worthy candidates as well - even Colston or Hester - but I confess that I am a bit of a fan of VY and I was sick of hearing Merrill Hoge's vitriolic hatred of Young broadcast every week - it may have elevated my enthusiasm for his candidacy.

Fri Jan 05, 09:45:00 AM  

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