Friday, December 29, 2006

A Titanic effort

The 2006 draft had more talent than any other draft in recent memory. From top to almost the bottom (Saints WR Marques Colston, pick #252), numerous rookies have made significant contributions.

That being said, there's no question who is this season's NFL Rookie of the Year. He's directly responsible for turning around a team. He's given an entire city hope. He's saved his coach's job. And he has more raw talent than perhaps any other player on the field.

All year long - including Jan. 4 in Pasadena - he's truly been in-Vince-able.

Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Vince Young is performing a new miracle in the Music City. Forget Homerun Throwback against Buffalo in 1999. Young can scramble or throw for a homerun on any given play. He's not a "mobile quarterback" like Donovan McNabb. He's Larry Johnson with the ability to throw a 70-yard bomb.

Just look at his record since he took over at QB for the Titans.

Sure he lost his first two games, and that's all it took for him to master the NFL learning curve. After a 45-14 blowout loss to the Cowboys, Young and the Titans were one point away from defeating Peyton Manning and the Colts.

Ever since, Vince hasn't looked back. After those two losses, he has gone 8-2 as a starter. I know, I know, he got to play the Texans twice, but in the NFL two wins can be the difference between playing in January or sitting at home.

Speaking of January, the Titans have a shot of making the tournament. The Titans! They started the season 0-5. 0-5! Now they are on the verge of the postseason, and it's all because of Young.

Much like Tony Romo in Dallas, Young has pumped life into the Titans. He's lifted the spirits of his teammates and the entire city.

I could go through countless other rookies who have made a case for Rookie of the Year this season, but none have had the direct impact of Young.

Not Reggie Bush in New Orleans.

Not Jay Cutler in Denver.

Not Matt Leinart in Arizona.

Not D'Brickashaw Ferguson with the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets.

Not Laurence Maroney in New England.

Not Joseph Addai with the Colts.

Not Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville.

Oh, and definitely not overall No. 1 Mario Williams in Houston.

When the NFL Rookie of the Year is anounced, Vince Young will once again stand victorious against all odds. Just as he's done all season. Just as he did in Pasadena.

Talk about invinceable.

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