Flacco starting well, but so did Young

Flacco starting well, but so did Young

There are 31 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Oct 5, 2008, titled Flacco starting well, but so did Young. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Depending on how Kerry Collins does for the Tennessee Titans this afternoon - or on what the Ravens' defense does to him - Vince Young might do more than stand on the sideline with a cap on or hold a clipboard.

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OC John

Ocean City, MD

#1 Oct 5, 2008
What is this David, you don't have anything good to say today, so you have to be a nay sayer? I believe most football fans know there will be good and bad days, gee it happened to Johnny U, and other great QBs. But I guess you have to be the first to tell us this. Next you will tell us there is no easter bunny.
double b

United States

#2 Oct 5, 2008
Flacco is no where near the mental wreck Young is. Another ridiculously clueless column. congrats
Sparky

Woodstock, MD

#3 Oct 5, 2008
I agree that the career of Joe Flacco is too early to tell whether he is going to be a premier player or not. Thus far, the offensive line has done a better job of protecting him, and the combination of the line and our very good running backs have help offset the defense from "pinning their ears back" and rushing his passing efforts. I still say the key is the offensive line to how much success we realize this year. I give them lots of credit becuase they are young and have done a better job than I expected. I give Mr. Cameron most of the kudos for this in his interesting, exciting and unpredictable play calling. I will be interested to see how the offensive line does against their defensive front seven who are almost on the same level of the Raven's defensive front seven. I think we can stop their running attack but I think we may be suseptable to their passing game. If the Titans score more than two touchdowns, I don't think we will win. It's going to be as much of a physical "slug-fest" as the Steeler game
Sparky

Woodstock, MD

#4 Oct 5, 2008
double b wrote:
Flacco is no where near the mental wreck Young is. Another ridiculously clueless column. congrats
I agree that Flacco is "cut from a different bolt of cloth" than Young. Barring injuries, It looks like this kid can accomplish a lot. By the way, I loved the way he cut back into the field on that touchdown run several weks ago. Most players, not just quarterbacks, head for the sideline all of the time. I reminded me of exciting players from the past such as Hugh McElhenny (49'ers/1950's), perhaps the best "broken field runner" I've ever seen, Tom Matte and Norm Bullach (Baltimore Colts).
Eric

Waldorf, MD

#5 Oct 5, 2008
Come on David, there is NO comparison to Vince Young. He (Young) has lost it mentally and is now backing up Kerry Collins! Joe Flacco is a lot more mentally tougher than Vince Young could ever hope to be, plus Young is a running QB just like Troy Smith. Flacco is a passing QB with little desire to run every play. This kid will be something special,just give him some time, even you will see that!
BigJ

Baltimore, MD

#6 Oct 5, 2008
So this article basically says, if Joe does ok, he'll be ok. If he doesn't do ok, he won't be ok?

I'm applying to the Sun for a writing job. I could write this stuff in 5 minutes before I go to bed.
Brian

Glen Burnie, MD

#7 Oct 5, 2008
Sounds like somebody might be disappointed that Troy Smith didn't get the starting job.
Julian Richardson

Columbia, MD

#8 Oct 5, 2008
"Never mind throwing water on Flacco's story. Maybe someone should hide this story from Flacco himself."

Perhaps the better question would be, why write it?
mike

Woodstock, MD

#9 Oct 5, 2008
young is a overhyped runningback, flacco is not, and that is why joe will be successufull.
Billick

Baltimore, MD

#10 Oct 5, 2008
how does VY's wonderlic score compare to Flacco's Steele? If memory serves Young scored just a point above mentally retarded.
Rich

United States

#11 Oct 5, 2008
Young had the BIG bowl game. Other than that he was always a question mark. He was drafted on his bowl performance. It turns out he is still the question mark he was his whole college career, His is a story unto himself. Flacco may make it, maybe he wont. But I'll tell one thing Flacco's had to fight, and keep his head up, for all he's gotten. It's my belief he's not giving it back anytime soon. The two only have one thing common. They both played college football and then went pro. That's it. Their backbones are completely different as is everything else. Bad comparison Mr. Steel.
John

Manchester, MD

#12 Oct 5, 2008
Is this guy for real? Joe is not a head case.
Ben

Frederick, MD

#13 Oct 5, 2008
The Ravens didn't draft or pay Flacco as the 2nd pick overall in the draft.
Flacco has come in and worked very hard, seems like a very humble guy- a much different personality than Young.
And Young isn't done yet. He's still a very dynamic talent. He'll get his head on straight. All he has to do is look at what happened to Michael Vick.
Maybe Flacco will be great, maybe not. His calm demeanor and pocket awareness sure look like a big improvement over previous Raven's QB's.
Mark

Clarksville, MD

#14 Oct 5, 2008
Brian wrote:
Sounds like somebody might be disappointed that Troy Smith didn't get the starting job.
You got that right.
Matt

Bel Air, MD

#15 Oct 5, 2008
wow another crappy article
Stritch

Dundalk, MD

#16 Oct 5, 2008
Me thinks that firetrembly contributed to this article.
Peej

Atlanta, GA

#17 Oct 5, 2008
David, there is one big difference between Flacco and Young. In college, Young was a run-first QB and is now in a league in which that skills mix is not a healthy one (given the speed and attitudes of most NFL defenders).

Flacco, on the other hand, played college in a pro-style (pass first) offense.

Both are great athletes in their own right (they have been high draft choices after all). However, only Young has been asked to change the way he has played since he started his football career.

If there are other issues, they are Young's. Flacco, from all I have read, did not have a choice in that his family, coaches and fellow players have supported him without filling his head with ideas that he was unbeatable.

Young is a flashy, extremely-talented player on a blue-collar team (Titans) where as Flacco is a blue-collar, extremely-talented player on the ultimate blue-collar team.

There are probably fewer worries with Flacco because of who he was, who he is and the team of which he is part.
Jon

Hyattsville, MD

#18 Oct 5, 2008
You have to love our writers they are pure trash and throw out anything when they have no stories.
Think people

Cockeysville, MD

#19 Oct 5, 2008
wtf is Steele's point?
Balu

Columbia, MD

#20 Oct 5, 2008
It's a relief to know that in this bad economy, if I ever lose my job, I am guaranteed one as a c-r-a-p-p-y Sun sportswriter.

(and I get to eat fried chicken and watermelon with Steele and Preston :)

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