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DIESELMAN
01-03-2007, 10:47 PM
NEW YORK -- Vince Young looks as if he'll make the NFL his personal playground, too.

The dynamic quarterback for the Tennessee Titans won the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year Award on Wednesday. He did it in the same fashion he turned around the Titans' season -- running away from the rest of the field.

Young, who led Texas to the 2005 national championship and was the third overall pick in last April's draft, overwhelmed one of the strongest rookie classes in NFL history. He received 23 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league.

That easily beat New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston and Jacksonville running back Maurice Drew, who had nine apiece; San Diego tackle Marcus McNeill (6); and Saints running back Reggie Bush (3).

That easily beat New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston and Jacksonville running back Maurice Drew, who had nine apiece; San Diego tackle Marcus McNeill (6); and Saints running back Reggie Bush (3).

Vince Young defied many experts who said he was far too raw to play as an NFL rookie. (US Presswire)
Running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams of Tampa Bay won the award last year. Young is the third member of the Tennessee-Houston franchise to take top rookie honors: Earl Campbell in 1978 and Eddie George in 1996 did it for the Houston Oilers.

Young was the catalyst in Tennessee' rally from 0-5 to 8-8, at times looking as unstoppable for the Titans as he did with the Longhorns. A starter from Week 4, Young sprinkled all kinds of spectacular big plays with a growing maturity in joining Ben Roethlisberger (2004) as the only quarterbacks to win top rookie honors in the 49-year history of the award.

"A lot of people said it couldn't be done, especially at my position," Young said Wednesday from Houston. "I just worked hard to get to that position behind the scenes, to get to the point of getting into the race of trying to get rookie of the year."

Young became the first rookie quarterback to rush for more than 500 yards in the Super Bowl era, and his passing skills improved all year under coach Jeff Fisher and offensive coordinator Norm Chow.

"I like to go out there and play the game and show that I can deliver the ball down the field, and that I can use my legs at the right time, when its time to use my legs, and checking the ball down, just being a quarterback," Young said. "I want to change the game a little bit."

He's already helped change the perception of what a first-year quarterback can do given playing time. Young sat and learned for barely a month while Kerry Collins started and the Titans struggled. Then Fisher turned to the youngster well before he'd planned.

And Young delivered as the Titans threatened to become the first team to lose its opening five games and then make the playoffs. They were in contention until the final weekend, thanks greatly to a six-game winning streak that included a remarkable comeback from 21-0 down in the final 10 minutes to beat the Giants.

"Everything took off from that game," Young admitted.

"He was very prepared when he got here because of the experience he had in college," said Fisher, who along with Tennessee's scouts and general manager Floyd Reese chose Young over Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler in the draft. "We knew that he had a chance to improve and obviously that's why we went ahead and started him when we did. We felt like he was ready."

Chow, who worked with Heisman Trophy winners Leinart and Carson Palmer at Southern California, is considered one of the finest teachers of quarterbacks in the business. What does he like most about Young, who left Texas after his junior season?

"Besides the physical skills, it's the will and the strength inside, the 'it' factor that a quarterback either has or doesn't have," Chow said. "Obviously, he 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.

"Vince Young has this great ability to lift others around him. To see him do it so quickly, that wasn't a surprise, but it was certainly good to see."

Perhaps Young's finest moment was a 39-yard TD run in overtime to beat Houston, his hometown team which bypassed the Lone Star State hero to take defensive end Mario Williams atop the draft. There seemed to be as many Titans No. 10 jerseys in Reliant Stadium as any Texans shirts.

"It was a great ending," Young said. "Being from Houston and being in front of my family and the fans that respect me as a player and a person, as well, it can't get any better than that."

He was a game changer at Texas, looks like he'll be doing the same thing in the NFL.

AZ_Steeler
01-03-2007, 10:52 PM
I was just reading this out on yahoo and IMO I disagree with Young being the AP Rookie of the year! What about Marques Colston of the Saints who only had 70 catches for 1038 yards and 8 TD's!

Vince young had a QB rating that would him atop the leader board of a PGA event (66) and threw 13 INT's and only 12 TD's :wtf: just because he is a QB he gets the award :smh2:

House of Steel
01-03-2007, 10:54 PM
I am with you on that one, AZ. I am shocked here. Marquis got robbed big time.

DIESELMAN
01-03-2007, 11:52 PM
I don't know what is involved in the voting. Is it how much they contribute to the team? How they've improved it by themselves? IMHO Colston had a great year but if it wasn't for NO getting Brees he would not have had that year with Brooks. They also had Bush and McAllister. Whereas Young had what? WR's? Bennett, Wade, Jones? D? and the Titans finished 8-8. When the season started it was back and forth between Young and Collins and after 6 weeks the Titans were 1-5. When they finally gave the starting gig to Young he was 7-3 as a starter. Yeah he didn't have impressive passing numbers but he also had 552 yards on 83 carries for a 6.7 average with 7 TD's. He changed the Titans season around after going 4-12 in 2005. Thats just my opinion I think Young deserves it whereas Colston does to but not for the same reasons, he didn't change an entire teams 2006 season and the outlook of a brighter future.....:helmet:

BlitzburghNation
01-04-2007, 12:07 AM
I agree deez,,,,,,,,I thought maurice jones drew should've gotten it over young !

Captcoolhand
01-04-2007, 12:41 AM
I agree deez,,,,,,,,I thought maurice jones drew should've gotten it over young !
I thought he would of been a good pick for the Steelers too! :yesnod:

Koopa
01-04-2007, 12:44 AM
colston was not robbed, he missed games and he didn't have the responsibilty vince had....colston had an all around good team that helped him be the player he was

vince single handedly won games for the titans, i am so sick of you fools looking at stats, since when does stats matter more then wins??? if it wasn't for vince the titans would have never even had a chance at making the playoffs

the saints would've had the same season without colston

Koopa
01-04-2007, 12:46 AM
I don't know what is involved in the voting. Is it how much they contribute to the team? How they've improved it by themselves? IMHO Colston had a great year but if it wasn't for NO getting Brees he would not have had that year with Brooks. They also had Bush and McAllister. Whereas Young had what? WR's? Bennett, Wade, Jones? D? and the Titans finished 8-8. When the season started it was back and forth between Young and Collins and after 6 weeks the Titans were 1-5. When they finally gave the starting gig to Young he was 7-3 as a starter. Yeah he didn't have impressive passing numbers but he also had 552 yards on 83 carries for a 6.7 average with 7 TD's. He changed the Titans season around after going 4-12 in 2005. Thats just my opinion I think Young deserves it whereas Colston does to but not for the same reasons, he didn't change an entire teams 2006 season and the outlook of a brighter future.....:helmet:

holy ****, someone with some damn sense lol

Koopa
01-04-2007, 12:48 AM
I was just reading this out on yahoo and IMO I disagree with Young being the AP Rookie of the year! What about Marques Colston of the Saints who only had 70 catches for 1038 yards and 8 TD's!

Vince young had a QB rating that would him atop the leader board of a PGA event (66) and threw 13 INT's and only 12 TD's :wtf: just because he is a QB he gets the award :smh2:

read this part again


Young was the catalyst in Tennessee' rally from 0-5 to 8-8, at times looking as unstoppable for the Titans as he did with the Longhorns. A starter from Week 4, Young sprinkled all kinds of spectacular big plays with a growing maturity in joining Ben Roethlisberger (2004) as the only quarterbacks to win top rookie honors in the 49-year history of the award.

it had nothing to do with him being a qb, it had everything to do with what matters the most and that's the W

House of Steel
01-04-2007, 12:50 AM
I thought he would of been a good pick for the Steelers too! :yesnod:

:hijack: :hijack: Ummmmm....Capt.....We are talking about rookie of the year offensively, not draft picks.

DIESELMAN
01-04-2007, 12:55 AM
holy ****, someone with some damn sense lol

Thought you'd like that Koop...lol

Captcoolhand
01-04-2007, 01:02 AM
My bad! Maybe I could care less:dunno:

RW318
01-04-2007, 02:12 AM
Young deserved it....I thought it was between him and Jones-Drew. Without Young...Titans would have the top pick in the draft with him...they damn near made the playoffs after an 0-5 start.

AZ_Steeler
01-04-2007, 11:37 AM
it had nothing to do with him being a qb, it had everything to do with what matters the most and that's the W

I can understand the decision for picking Young, but it's just something I don't agree with. We will never know how the Saints would have been without Colston and we will never know if the Titans just came together has a team and started playing better all around. I know Young took that team on his back at times and won some of those games for the Titans but at the same time, Colston had some pretty good numbers at the WR spot for being a rookie... it's a toss up.

House of Steel
01-04-2007, 11:50 AM
I thought it would come down to Young, Jones-Drew, and Colston. I can see where Young got it. Of course, he took a team from 0-5 and just by the inches almost made the playoffs. Young is just getting started. Koopa is right, patience and the learning curve is going to pay off huge for Young.

Black@Gold Forever32
01-04-2007, 12:45 PM
I thought Colston until the Titans went on their winning streak deserved it. But with how much the Titans improved as team this year then I think Vince deserved the ROY.

But I'm still not listening to the hype. True Vince Young almost took the Titans to the play-offs. But like I said before when Mike Vick led the Falcons to a play-off win at Lambeau a few years back. Everybody was waiting for Vick and the Falcons to do big things. The Falcons fans are still waiting.

As for Vince Young. He has a ton of potential. He had a good start to his career. But one season doesn't make a career. Time will tell how good Vince Young and the Titans become.

DIESELMAN
01-04-2007, 01:03 PM
:wtf: just because he is a QB he gets the award :smh2:

Young, who spurred the Titans to an 8-3 finish and nearly directed them into the playoffs, received 23 of the 50 possible votes. Saints wide receiver Marques Colston and Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew tied for second with nine votes each, followed by Chargers tackle Marcus McNeill with six votes and Saints running back Reggie Bush with three votes. Young is just the second quarterback to win ROY honors in the 49 years of the award; the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 is the other. He is the third Oiler/Titan to win the award and first since Eddie George in 1996.


We will never know how the Saints would have been without Colston They would've been just as good without Colston(IMO). It was Brees throwing the ball not Brooks. The question is how good would the Saints have been without Brees?

AZ_Steeler
01-04-2007, 01:17 PM
Young, who spurred the Titans to an 8-3 finish and nearly directed them into the playoffs, received 23 of the 50 possible votes. Saints wide receiver Marques Colston and Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew tied for second with nine votes each, followed by Chargers tackle Marcus McNeill with six votes and Saints running back Reggie Bush with three votes. Young is just the second quarterback to win ROY honors in the 49 years of the award; the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 is the other. He is the third Oiler/Titan to win the award and first since Eddie George in 1996.

They would've been just as good without Colston(IMO). It was Brees throwing the ball not Brooks. The question is how good would the Saints have been without Brees?

All valid points and I agree with you! There are a lot of unanswered questions because of the "what if", I think the bottom line when it comes down to it though was Colston was taken what... 2 or 3 spots from being Mr. Irrelevant? I think Colston might have been over looked just because of his draft position where Young was a first rounder and highly talked about... the "Superstar" factor!

Young does deserve it because he did turn that team around but Colston was just as good statistical when you look at his numbers. I would imagine it came down to the, "Who did what to help their team the most?"