Whoa...whoa...whoa...Young has a better history of decision-making!? Young's decision's have been throw it, hand it off, or run with it. More often then not he would run with it...even when he intended to throw it. So I don't quite see how Young has better decision making skills!?
Let's not fall into a trap here of assuming that because Young can run, he's not a true "throwing" QB who has to make decisions. This year, Young threw for 3036 yards for 26 TDs and 10 INTs. Cutler, by comparison, threw for 3073 yards for 21 TDs and 9 INTs. So Vince put up similar numbers to Cutler who, although mobile, is considered the "pocket passer."
The thing about Vince is that he improved exponentially from 2004 to 2005. In 2004 he only threw for 1849 yards and 12 TDs and 11 INTs with only 250 attempts. So your assessment was more apt to describe Vince in 2004, but not 2005 where he became (or was on the way to) becomming a complete QB.
Exactly right. Vince Young two years ago was awful. I hated him, but watching him this year (and make no mistake Hurricane I watched virtually every Texas game) I was stunned by the difference between the fumbling, bumbling QB he had been the year before and the one that won a national title for his team this one.
Two seasons ago he was just what people say he is now, a Mike Vick type who tucked the ball without even looking downfield. But this last season he was taking the time to check his receivers, make quality throws, and in general do what was best to win the game. He rarely ever forced the ball (and yes, part of that was his receivers getting open, but that shouldn't discredit him entirely) and ran when it was the best option. Let's not forget that in the college game QBs who can run are encouraged to do so, because the defenses at that level aren't as able to handle it. The coaching staff wanted Young to run, but it didn't stop him from being the top rated passer in the nation.
Sdubb, I know you didn't imply Cutler was a game one starter, but a lot of other people have, and I worry that it is going to get into people's heads that he is. Some members have taken him on as a monster that can't be blitzed because he will take on all comers and still get the ball anywhere on the field and that he can outthrow any CB. The only QB ready to play in the NFL day one, no strings attatched is Leinart, and if we get Cutler and expect him to be ORotY, then we are going to be some upset fans at the end of the season.
I should add that I agree Young is a huge project, but I think he has more upside than either Cutler or Leinart, because he has shown ability with his arm that a lot of other "mobile" quarterbacks haven't. As big of a guy as he is, he isn't an injury threat when he runs, not like Vick anyways. He can take blows and he has already shown that he can improve in dramatic ways. In the long run I think both of these guys have real futures in the league, but for me, I prefer a QB who has shown the ability to win over a guy who has some great tangibles but has to show he can be the real leader of a team.