This is how I feel about the debate between Vince and Kerry that seems to still be going on.
Here's my take on the whole situation. I think Collins was much better than old Vince. He was erratic and unpredictable. I still liked him mainly for what he did for me as a Longhorn's fan. He went 8-8 in the first year and thrilled with some crazy comebacks. Stats not so good but he made it happen. To be fair to Collins though, he had NO time with the team that year as he was picked up late after the McNair and Volek mess. He was thrown in there and was ineffective.
So, that leaves us with 2007 where Vince was the full time starter now. He struggled, which many second year QBs do. If I am not mistaken this was also the last year that Norm Chow was O-Coordinator (what a mess that was. He really hindered Vince's progress imo) Vince let his head get all screwed up thinking he had to become the everydown drop back passer, which he isn't. I took that season with a grain of salt also because the receivers were downright awful. They couldn't catch a lick even when Vince threw good passes (which he was very inconsistent about doing that year). So ok the next off season they fire Chow and bring back Heimy (Thank you). Heimy knows how to use this sort of QB who is a dual threat and I was very encouraged at the progresion. Report from camp says Vince was making huge strides.
Then comes the infamous Jacksonville game. We all know what happened there, so no need to rehash it, but as far as his performance went though, he threw a TD to CJ, but threw two picks. One was just awful and the other was just a ridiculously athletic play by the DE. So he wasn't playing too bad and the team had a lead when Collins came in. So it appeared that Vince did make strides in his game in my opinion but his head and maturity weren't right. I honestly think that the death of McNair really got Vince getting his priorities right and I saw a difference in his attitude since then, even before he got the job back. He still has a tendency to try and do too much and force things (he got lucky several times this season with dropped picks) but otherwise I see an improved guy.
I think the better comparison would be Vince right now and Collins right now. We don't need to drudge up the past and everything. Right now, this season. I believe Vince is better. Does he deserve God-like status and worship. Not by a longshot. But right now he gives this team the best chance of winning. I stand behind that.
Also, some fans said they want to see Vince play a full season when the pressure is on, because right now they are in a nothing to lose situation. Next season will REALLY tell where he is at. If he picks up where he is at this season at the start of next season and plays consistently throughout next season then this debate needs to be over. I am no blind follower who thinks Vince is the end all be all everything. He is not. He is however a talented and athletic player who has a knack for dramatic comebacks and is fun to watch, especially lined up next to CJ. I think he has the potential of being great at this level if he keeps his head in the game and builds his work ethic to be a student of the game and listen to criticism as help not as a slight, which he seems to be getting that now.
Here, to hoping for a bright future. This was long I know but I felt I needed to be specific and articulate this. Opinions commence.