There was a lot of excitement in Philadelphia when the Eagles brought in Vince Young to be Michael Vick’s backup. After trading Kevin Kolb, the Eagles needed a solution at the backup position, and they were able to find a guy known as a winner.
However, since joining the Eagles, Young has been less than impressive. He doesn’t seem to have a full understanding of the playbook, and his accuracy has not looked very good.
With Vick’s style of play, we know how important it is to have a serviceable backup. This is a big reason why Young’s performance has been even more alarming.
One thing to keep in mind is the amount of time that Young has been with the team. He’s been with the Eagles less than a month, and the lockout has forced everyone to learn the playbook in a limited amount of time.
Mike Kafka has looked much more impressive than Young, so many have been saying that he should be the backup. There’s no denying that Kafka has looked much better, but it’s his second year playing in that offense. He’s much more comfortable.
There’s still a lot of time left for Young to improve. He’ll get the opportunity to play in two more preseason games. In the final preseason game, he should get the opportunity to play for an extended period of time.
Since Andy Reid has been in Philadelphia, he’s done a tremendous job in developing quarterbacks. Young is his newest project, but he hasn’t had a ton of time to work with him yet.
Young has proven to be a talented quarterback in the past, so you know he has it in him. He’s still in the learning process right now. It’s hard to run an offense when you don’t full understand it.
Although Young has not looked very good as an Eagle so far, I’m not giving up faith yet. We know how he’s capable of playing, and I expect that he’ll be able to get back to that level some point soon.
Between the talent that Young has, and the ability Reid has to develop quarterbacks, I think the Young signing will still be beneficial. If he is called upon during the regular season, he should be able to step up and perform.