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Brief evaluation of Vince Young's night

We got to see Vince Young start again tonight against the Giants, and I was honestly a bit worried for him.  He had virtually no practice time with the first teamers all year and the Giants have some pass rushers.  However, after a rough start, Vince settled and played pretty well, including a very clutch, 18 play drive he capped off with the gamewinning TD pass.

At the beginning, I felt he was a bit hesitant with the ball and wasn't really playing naturally.  The result was several late throws and inaccurate throws, and he wasn't always on the same page with his receivers.  He progressed as the game went on and started to look a lot more comfortable, and his accuracy started to climb as well.  Despite his three interceptions, the big encouragement is that he wasn't really making bad decisions.  His first pick was the right throw but he just threw it late and so it was underthrown, allowing Amukamara, who was beat, get back in the play.  His second pick was another good decision but a late throw, and our own Aaron Ross got away with pass interference that play, resulting in a deflected ball that got picked.  His third pick wasn't the best throw in the endzone but Riley Cooper ran a lazy route and let Ross get an easy interception.  Thus, only his first pick was completely his fault, and it wasn't because it was a bad idea either.

Vince stood tall in the pocket and didn't prematurely bail in the pocket, using his feet to buy time and keep his eyes downfield.  He made several big throws that way and it was great to watch.  It's maddening to hear morons out in the media think that he's a run-first quarterback when he clearly isn't.  He certainly can run, but he didn't do too much damage today simply tucking and running.  He used his mobility to set up the pass, and he was able to get his team a win despite missing some key players and despite the Giants bottling up Lesean McCoy until his late big run.

At any rate, the final stats don't look great because of those three picks, but he was 7 of 9 on that last drive with a touchdown.  He will never be a passer like Tom Brady, but he's long proven he's a guy who can make the necessary plays to win ball games.  It's not just a bare correlation that Vince Young keeps winning; he's very much a big reason for that statistic.

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