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Redskins Gear Up For A Scrambler




For the most part, the Redskins have faced a bunch of plodding quarterbacks in 2006. Houston's David Carr may be the exception. Otherwise, Brad Johnson, Drew Bledsoe, Byron Leftwich and Eli Manning will never be referenced as far as scrambling ability.

That will change, of course, on Week 6, when the Redskins host one of the game's dynamic young quarterbacks in rookie Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans.

Tennessee, which comes in at 0-5, has handed control of things to Young, the former University of Texas star who was the third overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft.

"Vince is going to improve weekly--he has all the intangibles," said Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher. "We all know it's not easy. We're going to continue to develop him, and we know he's going to be able to do the things we drafted him to do."

The 6-4, 233-pound Young did not have an outstanding overall game last week at Indianapolis. But in only his second NFL start he nearly directed an upset of Peyton Manning and the Colts, who emerged with a 14-13 win.

Against Indianapolis, Tennessee offensive coordinator Norm Chow employed Young in an option-type attack, which put a great of pressure on Indy's defensive ends. Young sprinted 19 yards for a TD in the first quarter, during which the Titans rushed for over 100 yards.

The Redskins are prepared for anything from Young.

"We haven't faced a lot of quarterbacks who can run and throw," cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "With Vince, it's kind of hard to know what he's going to do, but he's so young, he's going to try to make plays whenever he can. They're going to try to make the game plan simple for him."

Added head coach Joe Gibbs said: "He can really run, and that always bothers you. They scheme things his way, too. They run options with him and do a little bit of everything. He can run and he can throw."

In a conference call with Washington, D.C., reporters on Wednesday, Young said he has seen signs of improvement despite the Titans' winless record.

"We're getting better--that's for sure," said Young. "We want that first win so badly. We're getting more confident each and every week. The progress is coming. I can't wait for that first win.

"As far as me being a young quarterback, I think my coaches and teammates respect me as a player and as a person--especially after that TD run against Indianapolis."

Overall, the Tennessee ground game produced 214 yards on 31 attempts, an average of 6.9 yards per try. Travis Henry came up with 123 yards on 19 carries to lead the way.

"Vince has a real feel for what we're doing.," said Fisher said of his 23-year-old quarterback, who has replaced Kerry Collins and the departed Steve McNair.

"We felt like our offense was more conducive to a young player and Vince has, from day one, come in here and shown good understanding of what we're doing. He's not there yet, obviously. He's got a ways to go and is going through that learning process."

Asked about the Redskins' defense, Young said: "They're physical, and they do anything they can to get the other team's quarterback out of rhythm.

"Their linebackers are really aggressive, and as far as safeties, Sean Taylor is phenomenal and [Adam] Archuleta does a good job of getting himself in a position to make plays."

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