On Vince Young and His Propensity for Winning Football Games

On Vince Young and His Propensity for Winning Football Games

Know what's even better than a professional quarterbacking record of 30-17? 31-17.

And that's what Vince Young is. He's 31-17 as a starter. He has 31 wins. He's been a winner 31 times. If you were to compare his wins to his losses, his wins would outnumber his losses. His wins would almost double his "not-wins."

Vince Young wins football games. Wins them in the pros, wins them in college, wins them whenever and wherever.

Remember Vince at Texas? Remember him carrying the ball in triumph as he ran into the corner of the end zone in the national title game?

And remember that goofy sidearm release that had to be coached out of him when he was drafted to Tennessee? It was a problem, right? Wrong.

Because you know what Vince did? He kept winning. Everyone said Vince couldn't do it in the pros. But they were wrong.

At first, he'd make it happen with his feet. With his God-given athletic ability, he would will his team to victory in spite of a radically unsophisticated throwing motion.

Five years later, he possesses a still-radically unsophisticated throwing motion that resembles a repeated short-arming of every attempt and somehow necessitates the lobbing of screen passes with higher vertical arcs than most Andre Iguodala 30-footers.

But you know what it all results in? Wins.

Vince wins. He single-handedly wins ball games. He wins ball games on his own. Did the defense score that touchdown in the fourth quarter? No. But you know who did? Vince Young.

Vince Young is a winning role model. If you're reading this, and you have children who value winning, buy them Vince Young jerseys. Show them Vince Young highlights. Anything with Vince Young in it, on it, or around it, they are to consume. Fully.

Honestly, how else could you possibly explain the success of a quarterback with a 69.0 passer rating other than to conclude that he is, indeed, a winner? Others have tried to pull similar strokes of genius by attempting only two passes in sixty minutes so as to mitigate their potential of losing, but not Vince.

Vince is ballsy.

Vince is going to chuck it up 20 to 30 times a game and turn it over on three separate occasions just so he can remind you that he can do all of this and still win.

Say what you want about his personal habits, his beliefs, and, you know, the way he generally lives his life. And say what you want about how he doesn't have the skills to make it in the NFL. And say anything and everything you want about whether this success and style of play is sustainable over the long haul. But when you're through with your woefully snide and pithy nay-saying, remember the thirty-one other reasons why all of your concerns have been rendered irrelevant.

Today is Monday, November 21st. This Thursday is Thanksgiving. This year, give thanks to Vince Young.

Discuss him endlessly. Debate his greatness if you will. Pick apart the flaws in his game if you dare.

Just be prepared to out yourself as a loser in the process.

Flyers Notes: Wayne Simmonds defends hit on Andrei Markov

Flyers Notes: Wayne Simmonds defends hit on Andrei Markov

MONTREAL — Wayne Simmonds didn’t feel as though he did anything wrong. Or that he even touched Andrei Markov.
Thing is, however, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety may have a different view of it come Tuesday morning.
Early during first-period play Monday night, the Flyers' winger came out of the penalty box after serving a minor for holding and cross-checked Markov from behind.
The Canadiens' defenseman went face-first into the boards and fell to the ice, where he appeared to try and sell a penalty. Nothing came of it, but the hit will likely be reviewed anyway.
“I barely touched him,” Simmonds. “When you got a bunch of guys diving all over the place, what are you going to do? Stand on your feet.”

There were a number of tough hits from both sides in the Flyers' 3-1 loss to the Canadiens (see game recap). It was evenly played and the Flyers deserved a point.
“We played a solid game,” Simmonds said. “Obviously, we lost and it’s not what we wanted but we have four more games this week.
“We go home and we've got to be focused on the positive things that we did and carry it over the rest of the week.”
Gudas eligible
Radko Gudas has yet to play a real game this season.
The Flyers' bruising defenseman has been serving a six-game suspension for a careless hit in Boston that closed out exhibition play earlier this month.
Tuesday night, the Flyers will play the back end of a back-to-back against Buffalo at the Wells Fargo Center and Gudas likely will return to the lineup now that his suspension has ended.
“It seems like forever,” Gudas said. “I could use more games behind me. I think I’m ready with my conditioning and skill level, so I can’t wait to get back in there.”
The decision as to who comes out will be difficult. A good guess right now would be Nick Schultz.
“We've got the information at this point,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. “It will be a tough decision, no question, if we are healthy.”
At some point — Nov. 5 — Michael Del Zotto will be eligible to come off LTIR. That means another veteran blueliner would become available and an even bigger problem will arise because Del Zotto carries a $3.875 million cap hit.
Barring injury or trade, when Del Zotto returns, the Flyers will have to move two players off their roster entirely just to be cap compliant.
For now, following Monday’s loss, Hakstol has to decide whether to stick with his current defense or put Gudas back in. Given the Flyers have missed Gudas’ physical presence — teams have taken liberties on smallish rookie Travis Konecny — it makes sense to reinsert Gudas.
“Obviously, teams are going to take advantage of smaller guys,” Gudas said. “I would love to be out there if anything happened. All the guys here are responsible and I think they did a pretty good job defending that. It’s not happening a lot.”
No, but it’s happened enough that the Flyers should take note of it.
Hakstol said his decision does not have to come until Tuesday.
“That’s not to say we haven’t looked at things and thought about the [issue], but that decision comes after tonight,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gudas finally has come to the conclusion that the NHL is watching his every hit.
“They’re looking at me since Day 1 I got here,” he said. “The guys made up their minds. I have to make sure I don’t give them an opportunity to call again.”
Maybe he should change his ringtone to say, “Player Safety calling.”

Loose pucks
Simmonds and Matt Read saw their four-game goal-scoring streaks come to an end. ... The Flyers were credited with 39 hits, the most they’ve had since 41 in a home game against Montreal on Jan. 5, 2016. Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and Schultz were credited with five apiece. ... Ice-time leaders: Ivan Provorov (21:31), Shayne Gostisbehere (21:27) and Brandon Manning (20:36). … Boyd Gordon was 10 for 12 (83 percent) on faceoffs. ... Jakub Voracek had five shots, giving him 21 overall, which ties him for 10th in the league. His goal gave him eight points and ties him with five other players for fourth in the NHL.

RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai 'calms the storm,' rebounds in 2nd start

RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai 'calms the storm,' rebounds in 2nd start

Halapoulivaati Vaitai wasn’t Lane Johnson on Sunday against the Vikings.

But he didn’t look like Halapoulivaati Vaitai either ... at least the version that was a revolving door last week in Washington.

In his NFL debut last week, Big V gave up two sacks, a quarterback hit and a hurry. Against the Vikings, he gave up just one QB hurry.

What led to the change?

“I just think learning from the week before, quite honestly,” head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday. “He really, again, detailed his work during the week. He practiced extremely well. He used his hands better.

“He was able to calm the storm, so to speak, and played a fine football game. He played the type that we saw [in] him and he’s capable of doing. Now it’s something that he can continue to build on.”

While it seemed like Pederson curtailed his offense some to counteract what could be a shaky offensive line, he said it was more about utilizing his team’s strengths. Still, Carson Wentz attempted just four passes that traveled over 20 yards on Sunday and didn’t complete a pass that went more than nine yards in the air.

Despite Vaitai’s scary performance in his debut, Pederson decided to stick to his plan and leave him at right tackle instead of shuffling the offensive line by moving Allen Barbre to tackle and replacing him with Stefen Wisniewski.

The jury is still out on the decision, but the Eagles probably have more confidence in their offensive line for the next eight games of Johnson’s suspension than they did before playing the Vikings.

The Eagles' O-line didn’t give up a sack to the Vikings after giving up five the previous week.

“I thought our guys [Sunday] did a great job of no sacks against a team that had 19 coming in,” Pederson said. “Protected [Wentz], kept him clean and it just gives him confidence now and gives our whole unit confidence moving forward and coming away.”