Vince Young: If Michael Vick Gets Knocked Out, Can Young Carry the Load?

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIISeptember 24, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 01:  Vince Young #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles stands on the sidelines during a pre-season game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 1, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Since Michael Vick's concussion last week, there's been a lot of controversy about who would start at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles between Vick, Vince Young and Mike Kafka.

Vince Young was one of the Eagles' big free agent acquisitions that had the NFL world buzzing after the end of the lockout, and he was supposed to be the unquestioned backup for Vick until sustaining a hamstring injury.

So when Vick was knocked out of the Atlanta game and Young wasn't able to go, the second-year quarterback out of Northwestern was the one who had to step up.

Even though the Eagles lost, many were impressed with how well Kafka played, and that only added fuel to an already burning fire. Kafka finished the game with a 100.0 QB rating, completing 7-of-9 passes for 72 yards.

With the Eagles set to take on the hated New York Giants this week, Michael Vick will start. But the Giants will likely be targeting Vick and trying to rough him up as much as possible, and if Vick is knocked out of the game yet again, will it be Young or Kafka taking his place?

Young is listed as "probable" for the game, so common knowledge would suggest he would be the guy in such a situation. Young has had a very controversial NFL career thus far, but he has a good record as a starter and also has good running ability.

However, with how well Kafka played last week, the Eagles may have a big decision to make.

Assuming Young's status holds up, he'll most likely be the guy in the event of another Vick injury. But if that happens and he struggles at all, don't be surprised if he is supplanted by the young-but-talented Kafka.