Vince Young is now apart of the Cleveland squad. At 31 years old it feels foolish to expect anything from him. After all his last game "that mattered" was in 2011, and that certainly finished less than stellar. Even if he is just a camp arm it makes sense, what with little Shanahan as offensive coordinator, that Cleveland would bring him in. Yes Tyler Thigpen was also signed but even in the mention of backup QB'S he's a footnote.
If Young's off-field problems really are over then he stands a good chance at making the roster. It also stands as a mean to provide Brian Hoyer with lower level competition, and as of right now, all for it. And if in 9 more days Johnny Manziel is officially a Brown. Perhaps with it coming from one rushing QB to another, who also obtained an inflated ego playing in the football friendly state of Texas. Young could try to teach him what not to do in the NFL. Drill into his head that this is the NFL where the big boys play. Where as college's have one maybe two defender's you have to worry about, a pro defense is the equivalent of a college All-Star lineup. Everyone has become that previously one linebacker who was the right combination of speed, power, and intelligence. Nothing more exciting for those men than a young hotheaded QB who thinks he can do any and everything.
If they land Manziel and really don't want him to be thrown into the fire right away then Hoyer, with a full off-season to learn the playbook, should be more then capable to put on more then a shit show. Meanwhile Vince Young will play some form of insurance against injury. Disagree or not the thought of Vince Young as a backup gives me more comfort than the thought of Jason Campbell ever did.
To sum things up in my time as a Brown's fan iv'e learned to believe in the almighty IF, while also being able to foresee the crash and burning that always follows. Eventually though it come's to a point where you say "Why the hell not? If Hoyer fails throw him out forget he even existed. If Young fails toss him out. If Johnny Manziel fails then... well you might wanna hold onto him for awhile, or at least trade him to Dallas. Ultimately these are just one man's thoughts, as the real decisions are left to the men we entrust to handle being GM. Here's to Ray Farmer who thus far hasn't shown any reasons to be nervous of about what he'll do.
(few are as polarizing as Manziel but he still has much to learn)