‘It’s not all about Vince’: Roughriders introduce their new QB

Canadian Press

Vince Young is a Saskatchewan Roughrider.

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 and general manager. “But I think it’s much more than just his physical tools.

“He brings a lot of intangibles that winners bring.”

Young joins a Saskatchewan team that finished last in the West Division last year with a 5-13 record. The Riders have been looking for a starter since trading veteran Darian Durant to the Montreal Alouettes in January.

Young will battle veteran Kevin Glenn, 37, Canadian Brandon Bridge and Americans G.J. Kinne, Jake Waters and Bryan Bennett for the starting job.

“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.”

The six-foot-five, 232-pound Young compiled a 30-2 record as Texas’ starting quarterback, leading the school to the 2005 NCAA title.

He was taken in the first round, third overall, in the 2006 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans and that year was league’s offensive rookie of the year and named to the Pro Bowl.

Young spent five seasons with the Titans before being released July 28, 2011.

He signed with Philadelphia shortly afterwards and spent the 2011 campaign with the Eagles before being let go.

Young spent time with Buffalo, Green Bay and Cleveland before retiring June 14, 2014.


49 Comments on ‘It’s not all about Vince’: Roughriders introduce their new QB

  1. LosDrahos // March 9, 2017 at 2:16 pm //

    How much$$$$$

  2. Eddy Rayner // March 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm //

    Gotta feel sorry for Kevin Glenn … hope he gets a legit chance to compete for #1. Failing that, let’s get him to the Eskimos … think that is the last team he hasn’t signed a contract with!

    • GoCats! // March 9, 2017 at 5:23 pm //

      For signing a contract – I believe Glenn has the Argoes and Eskimoes to go.

      His previous time with the Argos was for one day. The Argos traded for him from the Riders but shipped him to the Blue Bombers the same day so I doubt a contract was signed.

    • Why do people continually feel sorry for Kevin Glenn? He’s only good enough to get a coach fired and he’s proven that time and time again. He’s done very well for a good backup quarterback, but he’s a marginal starter and Chris Jones would writing his own pink slip to go into the season with KG under centre.

      • stampland // March 9, 2017 at 11:59 pm //

        did you see him start for Calgary most of 2012/2013 when Tate was injury prone? Guy was great,Perhaps that speaks mote to stamps them Glenn himself

  3. NumeroTreize // March 9, 2017 at 3:24 pm //

    Let’s just see how it plays out.

  4. stampland // March 9, 2017 at 3:26 pm //

    Just watching press conference
    first impressions/thoughts
    Him and his wife looks less than thrilled to be here.
    CFL field is 110 yards Vince not 120
    Glad your financial advisors advice is so important.34 million earned and nothing to show for it..good advice
    Jones insecurities shows .Wearing grey cup rings from different teams is very tacky

  5. Larry O // March 9, 2017 at 3:29 pm //

    The Riders have got nothing to lose with this signing…….except some more football games.Hope to see them get pounded this season and end up last in the West again!!!”If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t tryin'”.

  6. stampland // March 9, 2017 at 3:44 pm //

    I think we can all agree this is a very risky signing at best.
    The way it played out really paints the riders into a corner and shows the lack of ability these people have to run a successful team and organization.
    The riders turned signing a player “who is here to compete in training camp” in Jones words, into the biggest circus I’ve seen in a long time.Holding a press conference,parading Young through the airport last night,allowing and maybe encouraging Steinberg to tweet out how he’s heading to Regina to work it all out. This could have all been done over the phone/computer /fax/courier.That’s how CFL deals are usually signed. By making a huge spectacle this organization now magnifies the decision and really forces Riders to stick it out with this guy no matter what. If not Jones will look like the biggest fool since the Glibermans (even more so)

    • Give it a rest already – we all know you don’t like Jones, VYoung, and everything else associated with the Riders and/or Rider fans. Your arrogance and demeaning nature is unbelievable. You should actually be banned from commenting on this site. And please don’t reply back to me with your usual denials of “and what’s untrue with what I said?” No one is interested anymore…

    • GoCats! // March 9, 2017 at 5:48 pm //

      How is it any worse than other trumped players like Printers?

      The risks I see are … overpaying with crazy $$$, not being willing to demote Young so that possible future QBs development is held back.

      If Young ends up on the practice roster or only one of Glenn or Young is on the active roster – I don’t see how it’s all that bad.

      As for “biggest fool since the Glibermans”, what about making Printers the top paid QB in Sept 2007, him delivering twice as many INTs as TDs despite his self-confidence then cutting him in 2009.

      The icing on the cake is when Printers signed with the Lions in Sept 2009. He later became starting QB that lead the Lions to an ESF OT win over the Glenn lead Cats.

      Or the Riders bringing Joseph out of retirement to post five INTs in the WSF?

      • yycstamps // March 9, 2017 at 7:18 pm //

        none of those players carry the cache of Young and none signed with such pageantry

  7. Good move. If he doesn’t make the team it cost us a plane ticket. If he does well, Jones is a genius . Go riders.

  8. Ladd Law // March 9, 2017 at 5:08 pm //

    Signing a stud athlete with way more upside than any current training camp fodder makes as much sense as anything else at this time. The next one will appear soon enough. Just think if he returns to his gloried past and wins a Grey Cup with his first kick at the can. CFL lore overnight.The starter is Glenn until proven otherwise. With the way the D is shaping up and the Canucks that are landing, the Riders roster looks better every day.

  9. This signing is a NO loose for Gang Green . All the pressure is on Young but ……. if he really wants back in the NFL he needs to perform here . If he stinks the place out Jonsy will cut him . And for gods sake who cares what he does with his money that’s his business . Just win !!

    • yycstamps // March 9, 2017 at 7:21 pm //

      fair comment but blowing that much speaks more of character then what he chooses to buy

  10. Antlerman // March 9, 2017 at 6:00 pm //

    Keep them coming and striving at being better that the name of the game and guy like Jones is exactly what the Rider organization has been lacking Football matters to this guy that why he has been successful and that why he will be again.
    And Stampland your the most negative person you must be a real joy to be around

    • yycstamps // March 9, 2017 at 7:23 pm //

      maybe that’s why my Family didn’t invite me to Christmas Dinner this year!

  11. Ryan Leaf's Yoga Pants // March 9, 2017 at 6:27 pm //

    Certainly a no-risk move. He seems like a level headed intelligent guy that just simply wants to play some ball. Chance of a career revival is slim though as its difficult for a 30 something to physically get back to the same high level as other pro athletes after 5+ years sitting at a desk. I’m hoping he surprises everyone and pulls it off.

    As for Mr. Stampland, nothing wrong with commenting on this site, there are times when you have some great insights. May be worth limiting yourself to one comment a day though . The 4 to 6 comments per article can get annoying… Perhaps some breathing exercises or meditation prior to clicking on this website would help. 🙂

  12. SaskWatch // March 9, 2017 at 7:05 pm //

    Good, now that he’s signed hopefully everyone can STFU about it. Can’t believe how much attention this storyline has generated.

    It’s the media that turned this into a circus stampland, not the Riders. To date the Riders website has posted 1 story about Young, and that was to announce his signing today. As for the news conference, all teams arrange them when swamped with media inquiries. As for the scene at the airport, the Riders were there to greet Young – The parade consisted of media personnel.

    You’re also wrong thinking “this is a very risky signing”. If Young shows well in training camp, great. If he doesn’t, he’s cut. It’s just that simple. If he’s cut it won’t be Jones who looks foolish.

    • yycstamps // March 9, 2017 at 7:27 pm //

      disagreed ..this was all orchestrated by the green machine.why not have young depart the plane in away to avoid public areas.Customs has alternative ways to bring people through

      • Nice try Stampland – changing your username doesn’t fool me….

        • stampland // March 9, 2017 at 11:40 pm //

          not really trying to fool you.why would I respond to comments left to stampland using yycstamps if I was trying to fool you?

      • SaskWatch // March 10, 2017 at 2:09 am //

        The Riders orchestrated jack. 3DownNation broke this story some 6 weeks ago, and they’re responsible for the majority of press to date. Gary Lawless and Young’s agent also had a hand in this. Blame them.

        As for your other point, give your head a shake… It’s not like Young’s a foreign diplomat, or visiting royal.

        • stampland // March 10, 2017 at 9:55 am //

          Where do you you think 3downnation received all this info? (all of which proved true btw,not fake news as rider fans always claim).Do you think think the fairy god mother gave it to them. Maybe Justin Dunk was laying out in a blizzard and ben Kenobi’s ghost appeared and told him..

  13. Robertson Glassford // March 9, 2017 at 7:58 pm //

    Let me get this straight. They have signed an injury-prone, 30-something quarterback.

    They HAD this type of QB already (DD), except:

    – He not only knows the game, but is a PROVEN winner in the league
    – He didn’t last play football in 2011
    – He completes over 60% of his passes; Young doesn’t
    – He obviously was a fit in the community, and part of the community
    – He didn’t have a D-U-I in 2016, and a bunch of personal problems before that
    – He would have provided some cost certainty for a few years – who knows if Young will demand a dramatic raise if he makes the team and plays a few games?

    It won’t be just a “tryout contract,” it will cost more than people would anticipate (signing bonus, etc). If this works out, they might have 2-3 years upside. Same as Darian.

    Have not been impressed with Jones, and less so now. He lacks class, and may have been promoted to his level of incompetence. This is shark jumping. Will Michael Vick and Chad Johnson be next in town?

    • stampland // March 9, 2017 at 11:46 pm //

      welcome to the mind of Chris Jones Robertson.This move is about Jones not what’s best for Riders.Today’s press conference was basically Jones showcasing himself for a top job in NCAA

  14. I wouldn’t call this no risk. Glenn has already had to field tweets from Mitchell about looking forward to playing against Young & teammates anxious to play with him. What kind of message is this sending to Glenn & to the young backups, 1 of which Jones has publicly stated is ready to start if needed? It’s generally agreed it is unlikely to work so you mess up the team chemistry & your QBs’ psyches’ for a gong show. Young isn’t coming here to back up Glenn & Glenn doesn’t need him looking over his shoulder.

    • Robertson Glassford // March 9, 2017 at 8:52 pm //

      No kidding, someone was telling me today that it had already got uncomfortable with Glenn. He must be thinking “not again” after that goofy situation in Ottawa a few years back, when they signed him, seem to indicate he’d be given a shot – and then watched them sign Henry Burris

      • stampland // March 9, 2017 at 11:56 pm //

        Except Ottawa never imagined Hamilton would release Burris when they drafted Glenn in expansion.

  15. Bob Knows // March 9, 2017 at 10:39 pm //

    Wow. Gangrene nation is drinking the coolaid. I bet he does not make it past training camp. And if I was Glen, I would DEMAND a trade.

    • stampland // March 9, 2017 at 11:50 pm //

      Glenn should..or demand release and sit out until some team has an injury.How unfair of Jones to screw him over like he did….15 yard unsportmanlike conduct penalty and game ejection to jones!!!

  16. Solara2000 // March 10, 2017 at 12:11 am //

    Good karma or bad karma? Not sure,; can’t really say I have watched the guy play other than a game or 2.
    What bothers me is to see the CFL ‘prostitute’ itself pursuing a player (no offence to VY) whose reputation is rooted in the past. It simply makes the league look too eager for credibility, too insecure in the quality of the game and it’s players that are successful.

    • stampland // March 10, 2017 at 10:33 am //

      It’s not so much the CFL prostituting itself as much as it’s The Saskatchewan Roughiders being prostituted and we know who the pimp is. Remember he tried to sign Greg Hardy last year and the league actually stepped in and stopped it

  17. stampland // March 10, 2017 at 12:37 am //

    Ok Last comment on this particular story.I keep hearing things like ‘No Risk if it doesn’t work out the club simply parts ways with him’.Not quit that simple FOR 1 he was paid a bonus,not sure what but it;s something (easy for fans to discard this but you aren’t ones signing the cheques). What about the time invested in negotiations ? (more time than most).What about all the extra time coaches will be working with him to get him to speed? ,Alot of rider (time and some money) is being put into a guy who’s just here to compete at training camp.Does anyone believe he’s not getting extra attention? What about the media distraction created at camp? Could affect things

    • anyone but Stampland // March 10, 2017 at 1:34 am //

      Please. Stop. Commenting. Very few of us are actually reading what you are throwing at us. You are nothing but noise.

    • SaskWatch // March 10, 2017 at 2:18 am //

      Yada, yada, yada… You’re clearly incorrigible.

    • Robertson Glassford // March 10, 2017 at 9:49 am //

      Here’s my deal: The Riders are throwing a load of money at Murphy and Jones to be top personnel guys.

      Where are the YOUNG QB prospects, besides guys with that surname? People like Hufnagel, Buono, Shivers, and Barker have found quarterbacks; for the money being paid to them, the Riders managers should be doing the same thing.

    • Good points and to that I might add (although I heard it being discussed on radio so not my original idea) the fact that the younger pivots are going to lose snaps in training camp because Young is going to need them to even have a slight chance of getting up to speed. At the age of 34 (by the time the season begins), he is hardly a good candidate as a long time starter while one of the younger QBs might be. Naylor had a good article on the TSN site about why it would be hard for Young to have success as a starter. Rider fans – and others – who think this can or will work should probably take time to read it. I doubt VY is looking to be a back up but that’s probably his best chance to learn the many different nuances of the CFL game.

  18. SaskWatch // March 10, 2017 at 2:22 am //

    … stampland.

  19. In other news, Vince Ferragamo has also contacted the Riders organization regarding a possible comeback…

  20. It’s not all about Vince??? Well it clearly is. It takes the spotlight off other problem areas like the OL-better hope we get Deane. How about RB? Can he block? One great game but Ottawa’s #3 with 43 career carries? Two National ex-Esk backups with 15 carries between them? If we don’t fix the OL there goes the run game & the WRs may be waiting a long time for the pigskin.

    • And why did Young apparently trademark the expression “Make Vince Young great again” ?? LOL!

  21. Capt Kirk // March 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm //

    Stampland you make interesting comments on this site. Iam with you. Keep up the interest!!
    I believe the Vince scenario will cost the Riders a lot of money. Chris Jones will cost the Riders a lot of cash. He has raided free agency and now the NFL dredges. I feel bad for Kevin Glenn even though he is very tired. Good luck rider fans.

  22. No risk Part 2. Today I read where Belichek is asking for two 1st round draft picks for Jimmy Garoppolo, with all of 2 games starting & should get them. Manziel apparently has 10 teams interested in him. Poor QB’s are a huge issue in the NFL. So, let’s say Vince Young is half decent. After 1 year here he goes south & the Riders are back to square 1 looking for young Mr. Right & dissing Glenn in the process. Oh yes, Franklin. Problem a) does Hervey sit there & get nothing or trade him prior to FA? Duh. Problem b) there may be 3 non-playoff teams interested in Franklin. Problem c) Toronto has a then 38 yr old Ray & has the resources to outbid even the Riders should they so choose if Hervey hasn’t already traded him outside of the Western conference. Waiting for Franklin to solve your problems? Good luck. Chances aren’t good he’ll ever be in Regina.

    • stampland // March 10, 2017 at 5:30 pm //

      you’re right E W .There exists folklore in Riderville that all big names will be theirs. No the case. If Hervey has a chance we will trade Franklin to east over a western rival anyday . If Im a rider fan I wouldn’t hold my breath he’s an avaialable FA next feb

  23. Marc Lebut // March 10, 2017 at 3:54 pm //

    “He brings a lot of intangibles that winners bring.”

    Last I heared this EXACT sentence was Jim Popp about Jonathan Crompton. Crompton can’t throw a hitch, go to his 2nd reading or make a correct downfield checkdown, complete 60% of his passes, but he has a lot of “intangibles”. Mumbo jumbo, that’s what it is.

    Troy Smith comes to my mind immediately. Forecasted failure where coaching time will be took off younger guys agenda for a washed out guy out of football since, not 1, not 2, but 6 years. Riders fans deserve better.

    I hope Glenn stays, goes to TC and toss him out. Even though Glenn is over the hill, at least he knows what the CFL game is.

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