Eagles Better Have A Back-Up Plan Called Vince Young

By Frank Benditt III

I wrote earlier this week a piece called, ‘Over/Under:  Can Michael Vick Survive Four Quarters?’  I took the under.  I know Michael Vick is gutsy, but his fragility has almost become a thing of legend.  Even going back to last year, Vick took big hits consistently.  There were many times last year when he exited the game, if only for a few plays.

I am stunned that the Eagles have not been prepping Vince Young more as the back-up.  I do not care that Mike Kafka knows the system and is more comfortable.  Kafka has a ‘deer in the headlights’ look that leaves me uneasy.  I question Mike Kafka’s arm strength.  Does anyone remember Kafka from his collegiate days?

The Eagles organization obviously did not have faith in Kafka if they went out and acquired Vince Young in free agency.  That is just a simple fact.  So why aren’t the Eagles committed to Vince Young as the back-up to Michael Vick?  I guess they feel their offense may be to daunting for Young to handle.  If that is the case, why did you get him in the first place?

It is no surprise what kind of player Vince Young is.  He plays like a Vick-lite, without the pin point accuracy.  Young is extremely athletic.  He uses his legs to his advantage, much like Vick.  As a career starter, Vince Young is an impressive 30-17.

Michael Vick is the franchise player.  It does not mean you put all your eggs in one basket.  Prep Young and have him ready, just in case.  As a fan, I would feel much more confident with Vince Young as the back-up, not Mike Kafka.


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