AUSTIN — Do not believe all of the hype just yet about the Vince Young reclamation project and his performance at the University of Texas Pro Day.VY looks great. Despite that weird throwing motion, his passes hit the targets in stride. Watching his little son chase and hand him footballs was a nice touch, too.NFL scouting guru Gil Brandt said he put on a show and that was as well as he had ever seen VY throw the ball. This was once the guy who was going to redefine the position.(BTW How often does a scout or a coach at a Pro Day bag on one of these guys? Never.)We are better to ignore all of this until someone gives VY a check, and guarantees him a roster spot.Until that day comes, the man who once said how humble he was but lived like an arrogant, brash child needs to understand the NFL does not need him. He better learn how to beg, how to work, how to take a shot, and cut out the other stuff .He blew off the media Tuesday because he didnt want to take away from the current UTers working out. Thats nice. If he didnt want to steal their thunder, then why show up at their Pro Day? Because he knows if he held a private workout there was a chance no one other than the Longhorn Network might have shown up. At this point, VY needs to be as much as a salesman as he does quarterback. He needs people to believe what he is selling, which is that he is a changed man.There is one reason why a man this talented and this athletic cant find a job in an NFL that now is in love with the zone-read quarterback.Right now VY still embodies all that is supposedly wrong about Texas football that he is the product of a coddling, comforting culture and a head coach who simply is too nice for a mean man-mans game.VY, and UT, both have serious image problems.As UT NFL hopefuls such as Marquise Goodwin, Alex Okafor and Kenny Vaccaro worked out for the NFL scouts and coaches on Tuesday morning, there was VY checking his phone and hugging Mack. Somewhere Bruce Springteens Glory Days should have been playing.On Sixth Street, VY is still a god who likely doesnt have to pay for his own dinner.He is adored here, Mack said of VY, who now has moved to that area.In Austin, Vince Young is his generations Earl Campbell for all of those Texas exes. Good for him. Most football players never achieve this status.What VY has to understand, and if he doesnt hes a fool, is that in the 32 NFL cities no one cares about that game at Ohio State, the fourth-and-forever at Kansas, blowing out Oklahoma, or the run to the end zone in the Rose Bowl.What VY has to understand is that just because he says he wants to get back into the NFL aint enough. He has to want this more than he has ever wanted anything, and truly act like a humble man when an NFL team calls, which one will. Think Raiders.Until VY looks in the mirror and can admit, This is on me, the NFL ending will always look the same.Much like UT and the soft label, Vince earned his reputation as a drama queen who isnt worth the headache, and cant deal with it when life gets tough.Do not think that his former head coach, Jeff Fisher, created this reality by himself.Vince ticked off an owner who went to bat for him, Bud Adams. He embarrassed his head coach. The Eagles dumped him for a reason. The Bills wanted Tarvaris Jackson and Ryan Fitzpatrick over him.Those teams have coaches and scouts who gossip, leave for other teams, and exchange notes. Do you think what they are saying is glowing?Vince agreeing to throw at UTs Pro Day is a positive step that maybe he gets it. Mack said he is on track to earn his degree in May. VY sending an apology letter to Fisher was a good move.What I see is a guy who really wants another chance, Mack said. Hes matured.That means Vince better be OK with a No. 2 role, and follow the Chase Daniel course of being a backup.A former Southlake Carroll and Missouri star, Daniel wasnt drafted, but he made the New Orleans Saints roster, has a Super Bowl ring, is a pro, is not a bother, prepares, improves and made friends with Drew Brees. In the process, Daniel has made into the millions, and recently signed a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs and has his own start-up business. Of note, he has yet to win an NFL game.VY was the No. 3 overall pick, has been to two Pro Bowls, been cut three times, and reportedly lost all of his millions.He also has baggage, and while it may not be criminal, its a concern. Teams dont like to read stories about a guy with character issues who reportedly took out a $300,000 loan to throw himself a birthday party.Tuesday likely was the beginning of VYs last shot at the NFL. He will turn 30 in May. He wants everyone to believe he is different and that he can do it without all the drama.Bank on him receiving one more shot. For his sake, be hopeful but skeptical.
Mac Engel, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @macengelprof