Philadelphia Eagles: Vince Young and Michael Vick Will Revolutionize the Shotgun

Alex MonacoContributor IIAugust 3, 2011

SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans drops back to pass against the San Diego Chargers in the game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Titans 33-25.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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A couple of months before the 2011 NFL Draft I suggested that the Denver Broncos draft Cam Newton for one particular reason: To start side by side in the shotgun formation with former teammate Tim Tebow. Unfortunately Cam went one pick too soon so my wishful thinking of seeing two quarterbacks succeed in one shotgun formation disappeared for a short while.

Then all of a sudden a couple of days ago the Philadelphia Eagles made a move that brought my idea back to the surface. They signed Vince Young.

The thought of Vick and Young together on offense makes me even more excited then watching Kramer slide into a room in those magnificent black dress shoes of his complimented by his mid-white socks. Think about all of the components of Michael Vick's game. Now think about everything Vince Young is capable of. Now try and fathom both of them together standing side by side in the same shotgun.  

I'll give you a minute....

Given most of us agree that Michael Vick is the closest we're going to see to a human version of a video game and Vince Young is arguably a close second, why wouldn't you, if you're Andy Reid, consider putting them in together at least on some plays?

I'd like you now to please read in your play-by-play voice a "hypothetical" offensive play with Michael and Vince at the helm:

"It's 2nd and 10 and the Eagles have the ball. Vick and Young are in the shotgun. Let me tell you John, I haven't seen two guys look more dangerous standing next to each other since Batman and Robin, Siegfried and Roy, the Blues Brothers, heck even Bert and Ernie.

Vick takes the snap and rolls to the left, he pitches it back to Young who catches it and rolls to the right hand side. Young's rolling, rolling, rolling and he finally throws across his body and behind his back to Vick. Vick catches the ball and pump-fakes across the middle to Celek, he stiffs a defensive end, hurdles a linebacker and still manages time to signal to a cheerleader that he'll call her after the game before finally heaving the ball down field to a wide open Vince Young. Touchdown I can't believe it! Vick to Young back to Vick and finally back to Young. My goodness Johnny why didn't anyone think to throw to Young before? Heck I don't know he's 6'5 to me it's a no brainer.  

The Eagles go on to win another game.  Andy Reid looks like a genius, Jeff Fisher is pulling out his hair somewhere, and finally once and for all Madden plays are coming to life!   Eagles win again. I repeat, Eagles win again!"

I plead my case...Andy Reid, it's time for you to revolutionize the shotgun formation.