Michael Vick is Philadelphia's starter; who will be behind him?
I guess Andy Reid has regretted signing Vince Young as his second quarterback behind Michael Vick. Not because his starter record was one win in three games, and not because he threw nine picks—it was the “Dream Team” statement that haunted the Philadelphia Eagles throughout the year.
It’s highly unlikely to see Young playing for the Eagles next season. He cost a lot of money in 2011 and his contribution was not enough. Philadelphia got a small return from a player they paid $4 million.
Andy Reid has to decide who will be his No. 2 quarterback in 2012. With Young out of the picture, there are three options: sign a free agent, pick one at the draft or promote Mike Kafka. Of course, the Eagles can also trade for a quarterback, but I don’t really think this applies to their usual tactics.
Free agency will provide some interesting options. Matt Flynn, Kyle Orton, Chad Henne, Jason Campbell, David Garrard, Shaun Hill, Rex Grossman, Dan Orlovsky, Jeff Garcia—all of these players are in need of a new contract. Flynn and Orton will look for a team that needs a starter and not a backup, but the rest of the pack would be happy with a backup spot.
The Eagles are already checking Trent Edwards, who did not have a contract in 2011. Edwards was picked by the Bills in the third round of the 2007 NFL draft. In 2010, he was waived and claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has started in 33 games and has thrown 26 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
The 2012 NFL draft offers few worthy options if you’re looking to pick a quarterback in the later rounds. The Eagles have more important issues to address with their earlier picks, so they won’t look for a signal-caller earlier than the fourth round. I find it hard to believe that they can get someone better than Kafka so late in the draft.
Mike Kafka has been with the Eagles since 2010. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft. He was considered to be the best quarterback available by the time the Eagles picked him.
In both his years as an Eagle, Kafka was the third option at the quarterback position. In 2011, he replaced Vick against the Falcons and against the Giants, two games the Eagles lost in the fourth quarter, but Kafka was the least responsible for those losses.
Kafka is a big-arm quarterback and from what I’ve seen, I think there is room for improvement. Does he deserve to be Vick’s backup? That decision lies with Reid.