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Mike Kafka: Young Eagles Quarterback Not Ready to Serve as Backup

CINCINNATI - AUGUST 20:  Mike Kafka #3 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass during the NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on August 20, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Mike BurkeCorrespondent IJune 1, 2011

The biggest storyline this offseason for the Eagles has been trading Kevin Kolb.  There are plenty of questions that surround the situation: Will they, won't they, who's interested, what can they get in return, and so on.

If Kolb is traded, yet another question will arise.  That question is, who becomes the backup for Michael Vick?

The most logical idea would be to bring in a veteran backup who can take over if need be.  You don't want to see Vick get injured, but everyone knows it's a possibility with his style of play.  In that case, there needs to be a level of confidence with the backup.

However, second-year quarterback Mike Kafka thinks Andy Reid may have other plans.  When asked about the situation recently, Reid expressed a lot of confidence in Kafka

Kafka acknowledged these kind words at a player organized workout, stating: "I always have confidence in myself. But if Coach says that, it's great. I'm willing and waiting to take that next step to be that guy."

Kafka is confident in his abilities, and it seems Reid feels the same way, but we know the head coach's word can't always be trusted.

Reid may like what he's seen out of Kafka thus far, but it's hard to believe he'd be confident in Kafka taking over for Vick.  The young quarterback has only played in the preseason and is still being molded to fit the Eagles' system.

He was drafted as a player the Eagles could develop over the course of a few years.  Kolb, a guy who was drafted much earlier, had to go through the same kind of thing before falling into a backup role. 

We simply haven't seen enough out of the young quarterback yet.

Let's not forget that the Eagles are believed to be a team with the win-now mentality.  They're not building for the future.  They want to win a championship next season.

Vick has the ability to lead them to the promised land, but if they trade Kolb and something happens to Vick, they no longer have that kind of leader under center.

Maybe Kafka will develop into a solid quarterback, but it's too early to tell.  It's also too early to crown him as the team's backup.

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