Vince Young in Riderville? Sure why not?

The Saskatchewan Roughriders were hoping to get younger at quarterback for the 2017 season, but I’m not sure Rider Nation expected the team to take it so literally.

Earlier in the offseason, the Riders added 33-year-old quarterback Vince Young to their negotiation list. That news sent many eyebrows upward across the CFL as it came just after the Green and White dealt another mid-30-something quarterback in Darian Durant and signed a late-30-something quarterback in Kevin Glenn.  Earlier this week, The Canadian Press reported that Young was going to make a decision on his football future in the coming days. Then, we learned that Young’s agent was heading north to finalize the deal. What seemed like an oddity a month ago is about to become reality.

From Young’s perspective, I get it. The former Texas quarterback wants a chance to go out playing the game he loves. He’s talked about wanting to play the game again. His head appears to be in the right place. Is this a long term play for Young? Probably not. It is a shot for him to give the game one more go and perhaps get the chance to go out on his own terms rather than being cut from a team and never being seen again on a football field. We saw Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson do the same thing in Montreal. That didn’t really work out that well for Johnson, but maybe Young will have better luck.  Young isn’t the next big college star “coming north to show us how it’s done” like we’ve seen in the past. He has a different motivation.

The move is good for the league too. People talking about the league in March and it should provide some good buzz at the first ever CFL Week in a couple of weeks here in Regina. Young coming north is even getting some of the players talking.

When the Riders added Young to their negotiation list, I wrote then that it’s an odd move for the Riders. All of those reasons still stand. From a football operations perspective, it’s a move the Riders don’t really need to make. They need to find their next quarterback, and at 33-years-old, Young isn’t that guy. The team already has their stop-gap/insurance policy in Glenn as well. That said, maybe Young will be able to share some wisdom with some of the younger pivots and he could help the business side of things if he can crack the roster. At the very least, we have another reason to check out training camp. So, it’s not all bad.

Will this work out for Young? Who knows. Is it a smart move by the Riders? Not really. Is it fun and interesting? Absolutely, and that’s what sports and fandom is all about.

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson is a Regina-based writer and broadcaster who has spent the last five years experiencing (and covering) Riderville.
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16 Comments on Vince Young in Riderville? Sure why not?

  1. CC Rider // March 8, 2017 at 4:11 pm //

    “That said, maybe Young will be able to share some wisdom with some of the younger pivots…”

    A 46-51 career TD/INT ratio and a 57.9% completion rate who hasn’t played half a decade. I’m not sure he’s the guy I’m going to for wisdom.

  2. Ryan Leaf's Thumb // March 8, 2017 at 4:16 pm //

    Come on “Stampland”, you’re late. We’re all waiting for your deep words of wisdom. You can do it. Go “Stampland” Go… Of course, I’m being a tad sarcastic.

    • stampland // March 8, 2017 at 4:26 pm //

      Commenting you are being sarcastic makes sarcasm pointless/ineffective and unfunny (fyi for the future). Anyone stuck on Ryan Leaf understands a QB bust that’s for sure!!

  3. Ryan Leaf's Bed-Head // March 8, 2017 at 5:39 pm //

    To keep the comments relative to the story – My prediction is that Mr. Young will not be on a CFL roster by Labour Day. He’s been out of football for too long and of course, knows nothing about the CFL and the defences that he will be up against. Will my prediction come true? We’ll find out this summer.

    • stampland // March 8, 2017 at 6:49 pm //

      so you’re predicting a big Jones blunder?

    • Question is … will he be able to show enough to be on the active roster at the start of the season?

      If he is … does that mean Jones & company go with two 30+ year old QBs, limiting the ability to give experience to whatever younger QB is thought to potentially be the future?

      In shape NFL types that ignored the CFL differences seem to have washed out quickly and regularly. Young has the double challenge of being out of football as well as figuring out what is to replace what years of US training has ingrained into his reactions.

      No guarantee he will make it but it will take an exceptional effort as well as quick learning on his part. Unless it’s all about causing a stir/interest until the season starts.

      As you say, time will tell.

  4. Bob Knows // March 8, 2017 at 7:04 pm //

    What a joke this is. This guy has not played in YEARS!!! There is no way he will pick up the CFL game any time soon. If the riders start this guy, they go 0-8 to start the season.

  5. stampland // March 8, 2017 at 7:12 pm //

    Theres no way he’s not on the opening day roster as a starter in waiting at minimum.

  6. Why not bring back Kerry Joseph also? What a non-story (c’mon Jonesy, nuff with the circus act).

  7. Bob Knows // March 8, 2017 at 8:12 pm //

    This is all just a ploy to lure Smilin’ Hank back to Gangrene.

  8. Dan Bombers // March 8, 2017 at 10:03 pm //

    Awesome cant wait to welcome him personally from the stands, former NFL player to getting heckled by me

    • stampland // March 8, 2017 at 10:18 pm //

      The day Young makes his first trip to Winnipeg will be the day he learns appreciate the CFL Dan.Truly the loudest most passionate fans in the league

  9. Billinburlington // March 8, 2017 at 10:48 pm //

    Joel – very insightful article. The last paragraph summed up this whole scenario quite susinctly. Makes for a very interesting offseason. Thanks

  10. Geoff Perry // March 9, 2017 at 10:24 am //

    On the off chance Young works out well, the Riders have a 34 year old starting QB. Nothing unusual about that. Time will tell.

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