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Michael Vick, Vince Young Give Philadelphia Eagles Most Lethal QB Tandem in NFL

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs down field against Jarius Wynn #94 of the Green Bay Packers during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 31, 2011

The Philadelphia Eagles had one of the top quarterbacks in the league last year with Mick Vick, but the team wasn’t happy sitting on their hands during the free agency period.

With backup quarterback Kevin Kolb being traded to the Arizona Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick, the Eagles were searching for a viable option to hold down the fort if Vick gets hurt.

Vick has an aggressive style on the field, and his ability to run not only gets the Eagles first downs, but it puts him in a position to absorb hits. Those hits result in injuries like the rib damage he suffered last season.

Philadelphia is a smart organization, and they know that Vick is prone to injuries with his style of play.

They aren’t denying it or trying to change it, they just want a viable option in case he goes down.

With the Eagles going all in this season for a serious run at the Super Bowl, the team realized it had to make a big move for a backup quarterback. That big move came via free agency when the Eagles signed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young.

After having over 3,000 yards in just 12 games, Vick is one of the five best quarterbacks in the NFL, and his backup should be a starter on at least 15 other teams in the league.

What does that equal, though?

In Philadelphia’s West Coast offense, Mick Vick is the Brady or Manning of that system and he runs his team just as well as anyone across the league.

The biggest qualm people have with Vick is his inability to stay healthy for an entire season, so the Eagles handled the issue by signing Young.

Young was on a team where the head coach Jeff Fisher disliked him because the owner went over his head to draft VY—so he was never given a fair shake.

Given the opportunity, Young has proved that he can win, and with the help from Andy Reid’s quarterback expertise, VY could fulfill the hype he was surrounded by out of college.

If Vick goes down, Philadelphia will seamlessly insert Young into the game and let their stellar defense keep them in the game, while the offense scores enough to win. With Young, though, the Eagles can expect to put up serious points in Vick’s absence instead of praying for just enough.

With the perfect tandem under center, there is no better quarterback situation in the NFL, and that includes the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts.

Neither Indianapolis nor New England have a quality backup anywhere near Vince Young, so if their star starters went down with injuries, the season would be over for that team.

The Eagles have put too much on the line this season, and their backup plan is darn good.

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Donald Wood is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist and Syndicated Writer. Follow Donald Wood on Twitter.

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