It’s been mentioned once or twice this offseason that the Philadelphia Eagles are looking to trade quarterback Kevin Kolb, likely to the Arizona Cardinals, and hopefully for this player.
That means that the Eagles will probably have to sign a quarterback to back up Michael Vick in 2011, unless they feel that 2010 fourth round draft pick Mike Kafka is ready to be the starter.
And they might feel that he is ready.
After all, Eagles’ general manager Howie Roseman called Kafka the hardest working player in the National Football League. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said that Kafka is the best rookie that he’s ever had. And teammate Michael Vick said that Kafka is ready to take over as the backup quarterback position once Kevin Kolb leaves.
Then again, I still don’t think that Kafka will be the backup quarterback next season.
Because Michael Vick is still Michael Vick, and that means he’ll get hurt and miss a few games next year. The Eagles will need a quarterback who can thrive, or at least keep the team afloat, during that stretch.
Kafka has never thrown a pass in the NFL and should not be handed the backup quarterback spot. Not yet.
The backup quarterback role is one of the most important positions for the Eagles in 2011, and because the Eagles will likely be one of the best teams in the NFL, it would be stupid to allow Kafka to enter the season as the backup.
The Eagles should sign a player like Tarvaris Jackson or Vince Young; a guy who has started in the NFL before and can lead the team for several games next season if (when) it is necessary.