Michael Vick Injury: Why Andy Reid Should Start Vince Young vs. 49ers

Justine BrownCorrespondent IISeptember 26, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles sits on the sideline with an injured right hand in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Giants defeated the Eagles 29-16.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Eagles quarterback Michael Vick suffered a broken right hand in Sunday's game against the Giants. Since Vick is left-handed, the injury was sustained to his non-throwing hand, but it is still likely he will miss some games.  

This leaves the Philadelphia Eagles with a decision to make, start Mike Kafka or start Vince Young? The answer to that question is Young, for a number of reasons.

Although many were impressed by sophomore quarterback Mike Kafka's debut in Week 2 against Atlanta when he handled the snaps after Vick suffered a concussion, he didn't exactly solidify his spot when he again received an opportunity in Week 3. 

During Kafka's short time on the field against the Giants, he managed to throw two interceptions and accumulated only 35 passing yards.  If anything, this week may have proven that Kafka is not quite ready for the limelight.  

Although this is Kafka's second year in the league he should be handled as more of a rookie, as he did not play in a single game for the Eagles last season.

With all of the talent and high expectations that Philadelphia's organization had coming into this season, Kafka would be tossed into the heat of battle with very little experience under his belt.

Having said that, it would be a wise decision for the Eagles to go with sixth-year quarterback Vince Young as their starter in the event that Vick misses games.

After all, Young has way more experience, having started 47 games in his career, while winning 30 of them.  

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 25:  Vince Young #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles in action against the Cleveland Browns during their pre season game on August 25, 2011 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Although it seemed like Young has been lost in translation after being benched and cut by the Tennessee Titans, many were still very surprised when that he signed as a backup quarterback with the Eagles, virtually guaranteeing no playing time.

After all, Young was at one time one of the most highly regarded NFL prospects showing a lot of promise and potential.  

During his first season in 2006, Young was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and chosen to attend the Pro Bowl after leading his team to the best record out of all the rookie quarterbacks.

In 2007, Young started for 15 of the Titans 16 games, missing just one due to injury.  That season he led the Titans to a 10-6 record and their first playoff appearance since 2003.

In 2008, Young injured his knee at the beginning of the season and was expected to miss two-to-three weeks. In the wake of his absence though, Titans coach Jeff Fisher decided to name Kerry Collins the starter for the duration of the season.

After Kerry led the Titans to a 13-3 record, Fisher decided to keep him as the starter in 2009.  However, when Tennessee started that year 0-6, Young quickly got his spot back.  Winning eight of his 10 starts, Young was once again selected to the Pro Bowl and was in the running for NFL Comeback Athlete of the Year.  

Having faced minor problems throughout his career with the Tennessee Titans and Fisher, it wasn't until 2010 that things really escalated and the two parties began to part ways.  After starting the season 5-5, Young got into an argument with Coach Fisher during Week 11 which later led to him not only being benched for the rest of the season but his eventual departure.

With the exception of 2010 and despite the drama, Young played some pretty decent football for the Tennessee Titans when he was actually on he field.  From the outside looking in, it seemed that Young was just never entirely welcomed by the Titans staff.  

With that said, having a clean slate under a new staff and facing fresh opportunity, there's little reason to think that Vince Young should not be considered a worthy starter for the Eagles while Vick is out.