Is Vince Young a good fit in Minnesota?
Vince Young (AP/Alan Diaz)
Vince Young (AP/Alan Diaz)
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Posted Jan 22, 2011
Michael R. Martinez

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier hired Craig Johnson to be his new quarterbacks coach. Johnson was VY's position coach in Tennessee. If Young is traded or released, Minnesota might be the perfect fit.

Vince Young may have worn out his welcome with the Tennessee Titans, but you can bet there are going to be a number of teams who see the potential in a quarterback who still has youth and talent on his side.

The line apparently starts behind the Minnesota Vikings.

Here’s why: Craig Johnson, the Vikings new quarterbacks coach, is Young’s former position coach with the Titans. Johnson told the Tennessean he believes their working relationship would help Young succeed again.

Young, 27, is expected to be released if he’s not traded, despite a 30-18 record as a starter. He and coach Jeff Fisher butted heads frequently the past two seasons, and owner Bud Adams opted to keep Fisher and let go of VY.

The possibility of Young joining Johnson in Minnesota is a natural. Johnson was hired by Vikings coach Leslie Frazier last week after 11 seasons as a Titans assistant.

“I know that question is going to be coming,” Johnson said. “So my answer is going to be this: I do have a relationship with Vince, a long relationship with him. But the head coach and ownership and the offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings — they're the ones that are going to make the decision. The assistant coaches coach.

“I am sure they'll do due diligence on Vince, and every quarterback that is going to be available on the market is going to be discussed. I know it is going to be discussed, and I'll put my two cents worth on him because obviously I have more of a relationship with him that most. And then whatever decision is going to be made will be made. Obviously I have a good working relationship with Vince, and he produced pretty well under me.”

The Vikings, of course, are in the market for a starting quarterback now that Brett Favre appears finished, and Young considers himself an elite QB in the league. It just might be a good fit.

As Johnson said, “I think (Vince’s) future is still to be written.”

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