Vince Young has had a rough start to the beginning of his professional career, but that hasn’t held him back from getting another opportunity. Over the weekend, the Buffalo Bills announced that they signed Young and plan to have him compete for the backup quarterback gig in Buffalo.
If Bills head coach Chan Gailey’s words are any indication, this could be the best opportunity for Young since his rookie season.
“He’s done some great things,” Gailey said. “He’s got a great arm. When he worked out here, he threw it very well. Everybody knows his mobility. He brings you that, and he’s won football games in the NFL. That’s another positive.”
Gailey has shown in the past that he is very keen on adapting his offense so that it benefits mobile quarterbacks. Vince Young fits the bill better than any other free agent quarterback on the market. If there is a coach in the league who can take advantage of Young’s athleticism and set him up for a career resurgence, it is Gailey.
As far as Young’s future with the team, Gailey isn’t the only one excited. General manager Buddy Nix also seems thrilled to have Young on the Bills roster competing for a job.
“[Nix] thought that was a great guy for us to bring in because we’ve talked all along about wanting to continually try to bring in guys who can compete for job and he can compete for a job,” Gailey said. “I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Young still has loads of untapped talent, so a backup job in Buffalo could be exactly what he needs. With a strong running game, star receiver, a quarterback who has yet to fully establish himself and a head coach that loves mobile quarterbacks, this could be as good of an opportunity for Young as there is.