After suffering a concussion last weekend, Michael Vick suffered yet another injury in the loss to the New York Giants. Vick has broken his non-throwing hand, and his status moving forward is unknown.
Before the season started, everyone was aware that the backup quarterback position was an important one for the Eagles. With Vick’s style of play, he’s susceptible to injury, and we’ve seen that in the past.
Last week, we saw Mike Kafka enter the game against the Falcons when Vick went down with his concussion. The Eagles were cautious with Kafka, and Andy Reid commented that it was a mistake to do that.
Kafka looked very impressive in the Falcons game, and may have led the team to a comeback victory if it wasn’t for a dropped ball on fourth down. However, he looked much less impressive in his effort against the Giants.
This all leads to the question of who should serve as the backup quarterback if Vick is forced to miss time with his broken hand. Do the Eagles stick with Kafka or do they test the waters with Vince Young?
As it stands, Kafka is the number one option behind Vick. This wasn’t the case in the preseason, but with Young struggling to perform and then getting injured, Kafka jumped into the number two position.
This is Kafka’s second year in the NFL, although this year is the first time he’s seen any action during the regular season. He’s shown some potential, but he’s also shown that he’s still quite raw.
Young has a lot more experience, but he really seemed to struggle in the new system during Training Camp and in preseason games. He started to show some promise in the final preseason game, before going down with an injury.
When the Eagles signed Young, it was with the expectation that he’d be the backup if anything happened to Vick. Something has happened to Vick, but it doesn’t seem like Young is ready to be the backup just yet.
If Vick is unable to play next weekend against San Francisco, I think Kafka has to be the starter. He seems to know the system much better, and we have seen that he can step in and lead the offense. Sure, he struggled against the Giants, but he was asked to do a lot in front of an already upset crowd.
Although I think Kafka should be given the starting nod, I think Young has to be prepared to play as well. The Eagles may keep Kafka on a short leash, and if he struggles early, they might not hesitate to pull him.
It’s an unfortunate situation that the Eagles may be without Vick this early in the season. However, they do have some options behind him that should be able to step in if Vick can’t go.