Time for Riders to end the Vince Young experiment

If quarterback Vince Young rejoins the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the CFL team should immediately fire the guys in charge of player personnel.

Chris Jones and John Murphy are those guys. Jones is Saskatchewan’s vice-president of football operations, general manager, head coach and defensive co-ordinator. Murphy is Saskatchewan’s assistant vice-president of football operations and player personnel.

Young’s return would prove that Jones and Murphy have absolutely no ability to assess talent.

A great college quarterback from the University of Texas whose NFL career started brilliantly before fading, Young cannot play in the CFL. He proved it during training camp, before tearing a hamstring and returning to the U.S. Yet Young recently told a TV reporter he’s rehabilitating his injury and that the door is open for him to rejoin the Roughriders.

Jones told reporters Thursday in Regina that, indeed, Young can return to Saskatchewan. But the boss hadn’t heard recently from Young, who was reportedly released by the Roughriders on June 17, before reports surfaced that he had instead been placed on the team’s retired list, free to rejoin the squad any time during the season.

Young’s signing was a sideshow. It was well-documented in a recent edition of Sports Illustrated, which showed him to still be bitter over his treatment by his first NFL coach, Jeff Fisher, with the Tennessee Titans. The article barely touched on his inability to adapt to the Canadian game or to his teammates, but like his recent TV interview it mentioned the myriad business ventures he is promoting.

Young’s appearance certainly garnered great attention but made nobody believe he was the second coming of Doug Flutie. The circus should be over.

The Riders are getting good quarterbacking from Kevin Glenn and they have high hopes for backup Brandon Bridge. Their third-stringer, rookie Marquise Williams, arrived late in camp and blew right past Young in his ability to comprehend and handle a CFL offence. Unless the Riders are simply trying to get attention — attention that could hurt the team — there is absolutely no reason to bring back Young.

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