Philadelphia Eagles 2011: Previewing Vince Young, Upcoming Preseason Schedule

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Philadelphia Eagles 2011: Previewing Vince Young, Upcoming Preseason Schedule
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You're gonna see enough of this guy to make you sick

Forget about some of the notable offseason acquisitions, which included Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Cullen Jenkins, Jason Babin, Danny Watkins, Ronnie Brown, and Ryan Harris.

The focus on the preseason is all about Vince Young.

It may sound weird to put all of the focus on the backup. Cutis Painter isn't creating much buzz in Indianapolis. Fans in New England aren't wearing Brian Hoyer jerseys and I'm pretty sure fans in San Diego aren't talking about Billy Volek.

In Philadelphia, we don't have that kind of luxury because our starting quarterback, Mike Vick, has only played one season in which he started and played all 16 games.

Peyton Manning has played in 208 consecutive games, Tom Brady did miss one year due to a knee injury but has also completed eight full seasons and Philip Rivers has not missed a start since he was named the starter in 2006.

The feeling in Philadelphia is not if Vick will get hurt, but when he will go down and for how long.

Some may call it a negative outlook, but I think it's a realistic expectation.

And that's where Young comes into play.

He needs to step in and win. The Eagles cannot afford to throw away games in Vick's absence because 10 wins is no longer a lock to get you into the playoffs as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants proved last year. And if the Eagles want to earn homefield advantage throughout the playoffs they need to strive for 13 wins.

I simply don't trust Young to help them reach either mark.

When Young arrived I had to do a double take and make sure it wasn't Steve Young riding into town because everyone told me how Vince is such a winner. He's won 30 games as a starter.

But when you uncover those numbers you see it wasn't all Young. 

Out of his 30 wins, 25 came in 2006 (8), 2007 (9), and 2009 (8) when he was aided by a running game that finished in the top  five each year.

In 2006 the Titans finished fifth in the league behind Travis Henry, who rushed for 1,211 yards. Tennessee finished fifth again in rushing offense as LenDale White picked up 1,110 yards on the ground. And in 2009 Tennessee finished second in the league in rushing behind Chris Johnson, who led the NFL with 2,006 yards.

I understand Young will have the best supporting cast he's ever had around him, but the help is not going to come to him in the form of a consistent running game. 

Under Andy Reid the Eagles have finished in the top five in rushing in once (2010) and have only finished in the top 10 three other times (2002, 2003, 2007).

Young will get his shot with the second team in preseason games and I wouldn't be surprised if he got some action with the first team.

And when Young struggles I don't want to hear people complain about him working with the inferior unit because he is also competing against an inferior unit and making good decisions should always be the focus regardless who you compete against.

Each slide has the date, time and channel for each game, which I got from PhiladelphiaEagles.com.

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