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Young: 'Garbage' Fitzpatrick playing, not me?

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    Jenna LaineESPN Staff Writer

 

TAMPA, Fla. -- Former NFL quarterback Vince Young took a shot at Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup Ryan Fitzpatrick when questioning why some quarterbacks have continued to get opportunities in the NFL and he hasn't.

"I'd see a quarterback and be like, 'Dude is garbage, and I'm over here in the kitchen cooking turkey necks!?'" Young told Sports Illustrated.

"I hate to name-drop, but [Ryan] Fitzpatrick is still playing!? He leads the league in interceptions, and he's still f------ getting paid? I mean, what the f--- is going on?"

Fitzpatrick's 17 interceptions last season for the New York Jets were actually third-most in the league, behind Philip Rivers (21) and new Bucs teammate Jameis Winston (18). Fitzpatrick threw an NFL-high 23 interceptions for the Buffalo Bills in 2011.

Young, 34, recently attempted a comeback with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, but he suffered a torn hamstring in training camp and was waived earlier this month.

Young's last shot with an NFL team came in May 2014, when he signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns; he was released less than two weeks later, after they drafted Johnny Manziel. Young announced his retirement the next month, having thrown 46 touchdown passes and 51 interceptions during his NFL career.

Young led the Texas Longhorns to a BCS National Championship and was the third overall pick of the Tennessee Titans in the 2006 NFL draft. He was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and reached the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2009, but he struggled to maintain that level of success. His last regular-season action came in a six-game stint with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011.

Besides the Browns, he has had offseason looks from Buffalo and the Green Bay Packers.

He filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2014.

Young also told Sports Illustrated that his former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher took all the fun out of football.

"I'm going to expose his ass," Young said.

Young described an incident in which he was left behind on a road trip to Philadelphia after he left his ID at home and went to retrieve it.

"I feel like Fisher did that s--- on purpose," Young said, adding that Fisher had held the plane for other players in the past. "I'm pulling in, seeing them pull the door down. I can hear the team yelling."

Young later told Fisher, "Where I'm from, that's like saying F you."

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Bet Fitzpatrick doesn't leave his ID at home.  And every once-in-a-while he has a decent season. 

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I'll always have a soft spot for VY because of that Rose Bowl.  But seriously man...stfu.

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On 6/27/2017 at 2:05 PM, Joe Jets fan said:

Because Fitz is smart as hell and Young is dumb as sh*t.  That's why

The NFL is big business owned and run by stuffy old men, generally.  

The players seem to not always get this.  You act like a flake, or think its your stage to disrespect the flag, you should not be surprised to not get any job offers.

Let's see how many offers Revis gets.  He may be blackballed too.   Most owners will think that if Revis can steal Woody's money, he will steal mine too.

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48 minutes ago, Joe Jets fan said:

Because Fitz is smart as hell and Young is dumb as sh*t.  That's why

You would think a player with his "smarts" would somehow not make the playoff killing plays he's made over and over and over again in a career that has spanned several teams and a decade.

You would think a 'smart' player would avoid running into other football players without a helmet, something I've seen him do many times. And, please, before you cite his graduation from whatever Ivy League school it was, remember, he's an athlete, a QB, so probably didn't do half of his own work.

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On 6/27/2017 at 2:18 PM, varjet said:

The NFL is big business owned and run by stuffy old men, generally.  

The players seem to not always get this.  You act like a flake, or think its your stage to disrespect the flag, you should not be surprised to not get any job offers.

Let's see how many offers Revis gets.  He may be blackballed too.   Most owners will think that if Revis can steal Woody's money, he will steal mine too.

And suppose you're a coach who is on the fence about picking him up as your third QB and you pick up the paper and see him ripping his ex-coach.  No thanks.

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1 minute ago, Bleedin Green said:

Young has an interview that's filled with whining, criticizing other players, and blaming coaches.  Yeah, real tough to put together why he's out of the league.

I'm excited for the Matt Leinart follow up piece.

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15 minutes ago, phill1c said:

If they liked a coffee table it would have been better for the team.

Moreover, we know that SOME liked him. I can't imagine players looking at those missed playoff checks after a 3-INT 4th quarter were particularly enamored...

If the coffee table had similar stats to vince young and was liked by the team then yes, it would be a better option. I understand that your intentional misunderstanding was to further some crusade and generally I'm a firm believe that you never let facts get in the way of a good crusade, but not when you have to go to such lengths to shoehorn your point in there.

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There is simply more value in having a smart/experienced/pocket passing Qb as your backup than having a "dual threat" knucklehead/distraction as your backup QB (see Young/Kap/Manziel). 

When you are grooming a young QB like Hack or Winston the last thing you want are guys like Kap/Young/Manziel as their mentor. Despite their off the field issues, they aren't going to help the kids develop as pocket passers. 

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18 minutes ago, johnnysd said:

You know outside of his clique (Marshall, Mangold, Decker, Clady, etc... (all gone BTW) I did not really get the impression he was that popular with the Jets players especially after some of his comments.

But I thought the ENTIRE locker room loved Fitzpatrick?

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36 minutes ago, phill1c said:

You would think a player with his "smarts" would somehow not make the playoff killing plays he's made over and over and over again in a career that has spanned several teams and a decade.

You would think a 'smart' player would avoid running into other football players without a helmet, something I've seen him do many times. And, please, before you cite his graduation from whatever Ivy League school it was, remember, he's an athlete, a QB, so probably didn't do half of his own work.

I am confused. Are you saying Vince Young should be in a team instead of Fitz?  Or are you just saying Fitz sucks?

i agree Fitz sucks.  Vince Young just sucks much more.  

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40 minutes ago, phill1c said:

You would think a player with his "smarts" would somehow not make the playoff killing plays he's made over and over and over again in a career that has spanned several teams and a decade.

You would think a 'smart' player would avoid running into other football players without a helmet, something I've seen him do many times. And, please, before you cite his graduation from whatever Ivy League school it was, remember, he's an athlete, a QB, so probably didn't do half of his own work.

Um, he also has the highest wonderlic score. Sounds like you hate for the sake of hate.  Get a grip and discuss the topic 

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