Vince Young Should be the Rookie of the Year

We all know who is going to win the NFL MVP, it is going to be LT in case you didn’t know (Sorry Drew).  But who is the NFL’s top rookie?  Usually the 1st player taken has a good chance of winning the award, but Mario Williams is not even the best defensive rookie on the Texans.  For the record, Tennessee QB Vince Young is my rookie of the year for 2006, because he has had the most impact of any rookie this year.  He has taken over as the unquestioned leader of the Titans in a short period of time, not missing a beat after winning the National Championship for Texas in 2005.  He has poise, leadership, and charisma have led to victories including upsets over Philadelphia, New York (Giants), and Indianapolis. His overtime touchdown scamper of 39 yards led the Titans to another thrilling win (Titans 26, Houston 20).  The play and the win were a cruel reminder to Texans fans of what they were missing by their team’s decision not to use the top overall pick of the draft on Young.  He has put up several sound performances since taking over for the ineffective Kerry Collins and has provided a spark to a Titans team that many picked to finish last. Young has shown consistently good game management and his throwing skills are just as dangerous as his explosive running outside the pocket. By the way where are all those so-called “experts”, who said Young’s throwing motion and wonderlic score (meaningless) would cause him to falter as a pro.  I even heard some talk show hosts and message board participants say Young should be converted to a WR.  Well where are they now (laughs on them).  Norm Chow and Jeff Fisher made the move to bring in Young and now they will have a Rookie of the Year candidate to validate their selection of him with the 3rd overall pick.
His numbers (6-4 as a starter with 1704 yards passing w/ 10 TD’s and 459 yards rushing w/ 5 TD’s) through 13 games are respectable and Young’s leadership gives the Titans much hope for the future.

The other R.O.Y contenders include:

RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars) Has a NFL best 6.1 yards per rush average and produced a rookie-best and team-high 12 touchdowns.  Jones-Drew who was our guest on BPR 34 is a small, but physical and explosive player.  He has shown that he is more than a kick returner by running the ball hard out of the backfield.

KR/DB Devin Hester (Chicago Bears) Can a special teams only guy win the award?  If it is to happen, Hester is the man for award with his NFL record six returns for scores this year. I call Hester “Deion Sanders Jr”, because he has the raw explosive speed and elusiveness in the return game that his mentor had early in his career.  If he has an inch, he is going to the house.  He has saved the Bears several times from poor offensive performances.  Hester should make the pro bowl with his great yards per return numbers (35.1 on Kickoffs and 14.4 on Punts).

WR Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints) A 7th Round pick, Colston is the steal of the draft.  The Saints liked his size (6-4, 231), but they had no idea that he was going to be the compliment that they needed opposite Joe Horn. Colston almost won the award early through the first 10 games with 54 catches for 869, looking like a threat to Bill Groman’s rookie record of 1,473 receiving yards set in 1960. He has come back down due to a sprained ankle against Cincinnati, which caused him to miss a couple games. He should get some votes though with 59 Catches for 917 receiving yards and 7 TD’s.

LB DeMeco Ryans (Houston Texans) The 2nd round pick has shown that he is the anchor of the Texans defense above 1st Rounder Williams.  Ryans is a tackling machine with 127 tackles (104 solo) and 3.5 sacks. Ryans is a relentless ball pursuer, who battles to the end of games.  He is a lock for the defensive rookie of the year and has an outside chance of making the Pro Bowl. He leads the NFL with 127 tackles (104 solo) and has 3.5 sacks, which is only one behind Mario Williams.

Best of the Rest:
Laurence Maroney, RB, Patriots
Reggie Bush, RB, Saints
A.J. Hawk, LB, Packers
Kamerion Wembley, DE, Browns
Michael Huff, DB, Raiders
Lloyd’s Leftovers

o No RB Duty for Vick – Michael Vick rightfully balked at the notion of him playing RB and Matt Schaub taking over at quarterback due to rb injuries.  Vick is a good runner, but he is not built to be RB taking too many hits.  My advice is for the Falcons to design specific option type plays with Vick first. Remember how “Slash” crashed and burned after people viewed him not as a quarterback.

o Decision time for Cowher – Bill Cowher admitted for this week that he must make a decision soon after the season whether to continue to coach the Steelers or retire to his new home in Raleigh, N.C.

o Doctors were wrong – News has come out that the Miami Dolphins medical staff misevaluated Daunte Culpepper’s knee and Drew Brees’ shoulder during their free agent visits.  On the advice of the Medical Staff they passed on Brees and chose Culpepper, who abandoned his rehabilitation and later needed further surgery after rushing back.  Conversely Brees didn’t need to sit as long as they thought and has been a Pro Bowl type player for the Saints leading them to the playoffs.

o Eight is enough – Fed-up Lewis embarrassed by Bengals’ rash of arrests is going to take action.  The Bengals can’t stay out of trouble and their head coach is tired of apologizing for them. The latest trouble involves CB Deltha O’Neal being benched for a game after he became the eighth Bengals player arrested this year (DUI). They better take care of these constant problems, because the NFL is not the NBA in terms of leniency and Commissioner Roger Goodell already has the problem children Bengals on his list of things to clean-up.

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