So when Hoge actually says Young is playing well and showing significant improvement, it's about as surprising as Dick Cheney giving Barack Obama a fist bump.
But Hoge is praising Young these days -- his 387-yard passing day against the Cardinals that included a 99-yard game-winning drive made it hard to do anything else.
Young's improved accuracy is the most impressive and the most surprising development. You would expect that Young's ability to read defenses would take some steps forward with more experience, but before he was benched last year, Young would frequently bounce passes at the feet of open receivers. Now he's showing he can consistently drop passes over the shoulder of receivers 20 yards downfield.
Coming into the season, it seemed impossible that Vince Young would justify the $4.25 million option bonus due this offseason. Now it seems impossible to believe the Titans won't exercise it.