It’s An Opportunity Not A Comeback!

vince young

That’s how the newest Rider described his latest chapter in football.

The Vince Young era in Rider Nation has officially begun. The Riders announced the signing of the former Texas Longhorns star today. Young, 33, is returning to professional football after having last played in a regular-season game in 2011 with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.

“He certainly can make all the throws, he’s got a tremendous arm,” said Chris Jones, the Riders’ coach/GM. “But I think it’s much more than just his physical tools.

“He brings a lot of intangibles that winners bring. And his record in the NFL speaks for itself as he was 31-17 as a starter. And I don’t care what league you are playing in that’s pretty good!”

For his part, Young had a gracious and humble tone at the press conference.

“I know we’ve got a lot of good quarterbacks on the roster so I’m here to compete,” Young said. “The main thing is I want to tell my teammates that it’s not all about Vince.

“I don’t want them to think I’m coming here big-headed . . . it’s all about the team, it’s all about the city and whatever we can do to win.”

Young  will come to camp and compete with 37 year old veteran Kevin Glenn,  Canadian Brandon Bridge and Americans G.J. Kinne, Jake Waters and Bryan Bennett.

I had a chance to chat with veteran CFL coach Gary Etcheverry about this signing. Etch has an interesting perspective since he spent half of last season as a consultant with the team. ” If Young is going to be successful it will be with this coaching staff,” said Etcheverry. ” I think if they allow him to be the Vince Young we remember from his Texas and Tennessee Titan days then he has a chance to be successful. There are lots of moving parts here. It appears he’s motivated so that’s a great sign. Can he get back into game shape and how quickly? And how fast does he pick up the 3 down game? A lot of it is going to come down to coaching.  I would like to add to have a winning record in the NFL isn’t easy so he brings a great winning background to the table. And if he gets going look out because over half of the linebackers in this league won’t be able to tackle him!”

Some Rider fans wanted the team go YOUNG at quarterback. It looks like they are getting their wish.