Philadelphia Eagles: Who Should Back Up Michael Vick?

Mike BurkeCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 21:  Lorenzo Alexander #97 of the Washington Redskins forces a fumble by quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field on November 21, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Before the lockout ended, most Eagles fans had the expectation that the team would deal Kevin Kolb.  This same group also expected the Eagles to bring in a guy to be the new backup.

There was plenty of speculation about who the new guy would be, but there wasn't a clear-cut favorite.  Soon after Kolb was dealt, the speculation ended as the Eagles signed former Titans quarterback Vince Young.

Young spent five seasons in Tennessee, but there are still a lot of question marks that surround him.  He has been criticized both on the field and off the field throughout his career.  However, whether you like his style or not, he's always been considered a winner.

Young hasn't taken any reps for the Eagles yet, and it will be interested to see where the Eagles place him when he finally gets under center.  The intention was for him to run the second team, but I'm not sure if he will do so right out of the gate.

The Eagles are known to have a fairly complex offense with a lot of pass plays.  It will take some time for Young to clearly grasp the system, so the coaching staff may let Young spend some extra time observing before he runs the second team.

If the Eagles don't immediately put Young with the second team, it means that second-year player Mike Kafka will continue to take the reps with the second team.  Personally, I have no problem with this.

Kafka has very little experience in terms of playing in real games, but he does have a full season with the Eagles offense under his belt.  That gives him the second-most experience on the team.

Don't get me wrong; I don't have a lot of confidence in Kafka as the backup.  However, I think that Young needs to show the staff he can grasp the offense and execute it comfortably.

Under Andy Reid, the Eagles have always been a team that has successfully developed quarterbacks.  Young should really be able to develop as a player under Reid and company's supervision.  However, it's not going to happen overnight.

I expect Young to be the team's backup this season, but I want to see him earn it during training camp and throughout the preseason.