Based on Twitter posts and message boards, Bills fans have mixed feelings about Young’s arrival. Some worry that he may disrupt the team chemistry the organization has steadily built the past couple of seasons. Others see him as an upgrade at the backup quarterback position with the potential to return to his successful 2006 form.
One thing is for sure: The Bills remain committed to improving the roster in any way possible.
Young understands he’s in Buffalo to compete with Tyler Thigpen for the backup role behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, and he said all the right things to the media in his first press conference since the deal (via BuffaloBills.com).
The former third overall pick of the 2006 draft sounded humbled in his presser, highlighting his excitement to work on the little things behind the scenes. He’s eager to improve his mechanics with new quarterbacks coach, David Lee, and says he wants to do whatever he can to help the team win.
He’s also determined to remain focused on the positives and not let his critics derail him.
Young has faced some challenges over the past few seasons, and he’s taken a lot of criticism for various reasons. However, he hopes to use everything he’s learned during that time to help him become not only a better player but also a stronger person.
Asked about his feelings regarding being a backup at this point in his career, Young sounded genuinely content and mature. The past appears to be behind him, and he’s looking forward to his opportunity with the Bills.
Of the areas he wants to focus on, Young singled out opening up his left hip when throwing outside to his left. He also mentioned that he’ll have to work on shortening his drops in Buffalo’s offensive system, which features quicker throws than his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles.
In his career as an NFL starter, Young has strung together quite an impressive 31-19 record. He has ideal size at 6’5” and 230 pounds, and he’s mobile.
Based on his tangibles alone, it appears he’ll have a good chance of winning the No. 2 quarterback spot from Tyler Thigpen. Especially with Chan Gailey and David Lee—two quarterback gurus—working with him in a talented offense.
And Young sounds excited about that.
Asked specifically about Gailey’s ability to tailor offenses to his quarterbacks and his experience with mobile passers, Young had this to say:
It just shows you the [great] coach that he is. He understands his players, so you got to respect that. You want to be one of those guys that just sit there and learn and pay attention and keep your mouth closed. Because he knows what he’s doing […]. Just reading his history, he has a long, beautiful history […]. Our goal is to win that championship for him.
Young is happy with his current role, but he also knows that the spotlight is only one play away. Having grown accustomed to being a backup quarterback in the NFL, he understands the importance of film study, consistent preparation, and the possibility of having his number called at any given moment.
The Bills are sticking with the “Amish Rifle” as the starting quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick wears his wedding ring on the field, his heart on his sleeve, and his Buffalo Bills pride all over his beard.
But if they ever need someone to step up in his place, Vince Young hopes to be that guy.
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