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Vince Young may not have backup job locked up

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Despite a big contract for a backup quarterback, it’s unclear right now if Vince Young is truly ahead of Mike Kafka in the eyes of Eagles coach Andy Reid.

Young takes more snaps with the No. 2 offense and he enters preseason games second, but the folks watching Eagles practice every day aren’t sure whether he’s picking up the offense fast enough.

“We’ll see how quickly Vince is coming, and that’s a hard thing in this system without an offseason,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. “So, he’s doing everything possible to get himself ready to play at a high level. [QB coach] Doug [Pederson] is working hard, hard, hard on that with him.”

That’s a lot of use of the word “hard.” Meanwhile, Kafka has mostly looked good in camp.  He has a weak arm, but the coaching staff seems to trust him.

Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News believes that if Michael Vick got hurt early in the year, Kafka would replace him.

“Whether that changes in October or November, we’ll see,” Domowitch writes.

Perhaps Young could change it in August if he sparkles in tonight’s preseason game and next week’s preseason finale.

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61 Responses to “Vince Young may not have backup job locked up”
  1. angrycorgi says: Aug 25, 2011 10:48 AM

    The dream is over…

  2. lovemesumlions says: Aug 25, 2011 10:50 AM

    Hope Vince doesn’t see this. He may get his feelings hurt again and go AWOL.

  3. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 25, 2011 10:50 AM

    It takes longer because someone has to read the playbook to Vince. Over and over again.

  4. gcsuk says: Aug 25, 2011 10:52 AM

    Vince young will tell you, “If Vince Young wants the backup job, then the backup job belongs to Vince Young.”

    The next day he will say his words were taken out of context, that “Vince Young really thinks Mike Kafka is best for the job, not Vince Young”.

  5. green18blue52 says: Aug 25, 2011 10:52 AM

    Dream Team? Dream On

  6. daburgher says: Aug 25, 2011 10:55 AM

    remember when VY said he was gonna be the next black QB to win a SB LOL

  7. brs027 says: Aug 25, 2011 10:56 AM

    Vince can do all of his dreaming on the bench

  8. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 25, 2011 10:56 AM

    Yeah, there’s no story here. Franz has been here longer and knows the offense better.

    VY won’t get cut partly because of the new QB rule.

  9. thephantomstranger says: Aug 25, 2011 10:58 AM

    I remember Kafka running for over 200 yards against the Gophers when he was at Northwestern. He looked like Steve Young to me.

  10. wawa33 says: Aug 25, 2011 10:59 AM

    How ironic would it be for Vince “Dream Team” young to be cut and have his “stank” live on with the Eagles?

  11. tjacks7 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:01 AM

    It was only just a dream.

    Signed,

    Nelly

  12. giselleisasucubus says: Aug 25, 2011 11:01 AM

    I miss seeing him listed as Uncle Rico. ” I bet ya I could throw the ball right over that mountain….back in ’82”

  13. jacunn2000 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:01 AM

    He might be having a hard time picking it up because he is stupid. Perhaps if they took all of those pesky words out and replaced them with pictures, he might learn the playbook a little quicker.

  14. bdawkhit20 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:02 AM

    First and foremost Vince is too immature and has an unbelievable inflated ego. He started this stupid negative mantra ‘dream team’ b.s. his mechanics aren’t sound for throwing. Skippy Bayless can eat one, how dare u say he should start over or is better than Vick! He only has his legs because his pocket passing his spotty and inconsistent. He is soft and definitely not capable of dealing with Philly Pressure’ as a QB either. He should be the 3rd String QB for absolute emergency for this year. His camp was mediocre and Preseason performance as well.

  15. opie333 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:04 AM

    They will not cut him! give me break!

  16. rukiddnme29 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:04 AM

    Where’s the WR coming to Kafka’s defense. I mean VY can’t just come in a be the dog! They ain’t no vanilla offense!

  17. phillycheez says: Aug 25, 2011 11:04 AM

    Not really all that surprising, given the limited offseason. Most any other qb would have the same issue to some degree. Eagles still have a better qb situation, top to bottom, than just about every other team. But what’s really great about this article is that we get to read all the lame “Dream Team” posts from the mindless sheep who struggle to form a unique or original thought.

  18. 7pints says: Aug 25, 2011 11:05 AM

    Uh oh… for Young’s sake I sure hope Wonderlic scores are not the tiebreaker.

  19. bigjb123 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:05 AM

    enough with the dream team talk! Really getting old there the 5th fav to win the super bowl! Idiots!

  20. claymath52 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:05 AM

    Vince Young is to Michael Vick what Dickey Simpkins was to Michael Jordan.

  21. eatlessveggies says: Aug 25, 2011 11:17 AM

    Who cares what a newswriter says. It’s the coach that has to assess Vince, not the newswriter. Until we hear something from Reid, Domowich’s opinion doesn’t mean anything.

  22. patmcrotch says: Aug 25, 2011 11:18 AM

    bigjb123 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:05 AM

    enough with the dream team talk! Really getting old there the 5th fav to win the super bowl! Idiots!

    —————————————————–

    *they’re

  23. steelerfan999 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:20 AM

    GIVE ME MY BALL IM NOT PLAYING ANYMORE

  24. steelerfan999 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:23 AM

    Where’s the WR coming to Kafka’s defense. I mean VY can’t just come in a be the dog! They ain’t no vanilla offense!

    CAN WE LEAVE THE DOGS OUT OF THIS.MIKE VICK IS STILL ON THE TEAM

  25. scudbot says: Aug 25, 2011 11:26 AM

    The Eagles thought that a slow witted, flaky guy who puts out 150 yards of offense a game would be a good choice to back up a slightly less slow witted guy who’s going to get hurt. No wonder they had to raid the FA market.

  26. cefootball11 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:28 AM

    and skip bayless thought they should start vince young over vick

  27. grapeapplepie says: Aug 25, 2011 11:28 AM

    Vince Young is a rich-man’s Tarvaris Jackson.

  28. pigskinswag says: Aug 25, 2011 11:30 AM

    Dear PFT,

    Tim Tebow and Vince Young get so many headlines for third string quarterbacks. We were kinda wondering when we were going to get some stories about us. We would greatly appreciate it.

    Signed,

    Jordan Palmer and the other 29 third-string quarterbacks of the NFL

  29. t16rich says: Aug 25, 2011 11:31 AM

    This is news if you’ve been living under a rock for the past 3 seasons. No Eagles QB job has been safe since than. And that includes Mike Vick potential injuries.

  30. jfluke65 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:35 AM

    well, duh. No way he gets enough of the O b4 the season starts. He’s a project for Reid.

  31. mymanmccoy says: Aug 25, 2011 11:37 AM

    It’s truly amazing to me, all of these posts on this board and not ONE recipe?

  32. sonopazzo6 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:39 AM

    Kafka can’t stretch the field with DeSean………what’s Jeff Garcia doing these days?

  33. snowpea84 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:40 AM

    Young will enver be ready to execute the offense. He does not have what it takes to be a good NFL QB. That means undertanding the offense, understanding the defense, and turning that into split second decisions on where the ball goes. He can’t even learn the playbook let alone execute it when all the aprts are moving.

  34. 00reo says: Aug 25, 2011 11:42 AM

    “Vince young will tell you, “If Vince Young wants the backup job, then the backup job belongs to Vince Young.”

    The next day he will say his words were taken out of context, that “Vince Young really thinks Mike Kafka is best for the job, not Vince Young”.”

    This is Vince we’re talking about. He’s more likely to come back the next day and say his words were taken out of context and what he really meant was “if Vince Young wants the backup job then the back up job belongs to Vince Young”

  35. NFLJunkie says: Aug 25, 2011 11:43 AM

    This is just like ’09 when Vick didn’t sign until mid-August and it took him time to ramp up.

    Except for the part where he had been out of the league for a couple of years and didn’t cost $5M while he was getting up to speed.

  36. footballhistorian says: Aug 25, 2011 11:44 AM

    VY; wonderlic = 6…
    Box of Rocks; wonderlic = 7

  37. pigskinswag says: Aug 25, 2011 11:45 AM

    Vince Young is a rich-man’s Tarvaris Jackson.

    ___________________________________

    More like a rich man’s Todd Marinovich.

  38. capslockkey says: Aug 25, 2011 11:47 AM

    So Vince might not even get to be the Christian Laettner of his self-proclaimed Dream Team. Priceless.

  39. janvanflac says: Aug 25, 2011 11:49 AM

    you can make fun of him, and it’s not always pretty but he has won 17 out of 30 NFL starts. How many NFL games has your backup QB won?

    It’s a good problem to have 3 good QBs.

  40. moochzilla says: Aug 25, 2011 11:51 AM

    I look at Vince Young and I see a guy who just cannot play in Philadelphia, New York, or Philadelphia.

    He comes off as an entitled guy who doesn’t appear to be all that motivated.

    He’d be best moving on to some town with a weak sports media and Stepford Fans. I see it ending badly for him here.

  41. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 25, 2011 11:53 AM

    if the play book was a pop up book, VY would have an easier time.

    Kafka is a smart kid, but he has very little experience as a starter, even in college. I would really like to see what he can do with the 2’s . From what i have seen, he doesnt make stupid errors. he does try to force plays every once in while but every QB should.

    vince young is just eating up DeSean’s raise.. If we had signed him to a longer deal & had the ability to trade him after the season, i’d be on board with keeping him, but we didnt and he has again shown his inability to grasp . . .multi syllable words.

  42. boomrzdad says: Aug 25, 2011 11:55 AM

    Not only is Vince Young over-rated but he’s not real bright either.

  43. phillyphever says: Aug 25, 2011 12:07 PM

    Good. I rather have Kafta as the backup than Young (who BTW should have a muzzle on his mouth the rest of the season after that “Dream Team” comment).

  44. pigskinswag says: Aug 25, 2011 12:11 PM

    Young will enver be ready to execute the offense.
    ___________________________________

    LIES! Vince Young has EXECUTED every NFL offense he has been in. Just call him “The Lethal Injection”.

  45. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 25, 2011 12:17 PM

    It was all a dream.

  46. granadafan says: Aug 25, 2011 12:19 PM

    As much as it’s so easy to make fun of Vince Young for his lack of maturity or very low IQ, the reality is that he’s only been with the team a few months coming from a completely different system. Of course he’s going to struggle with a new playbook and new receivers.

    Guys with low Wonderlic scores struggle in a high IQ position, but with his athletic ability he can eventually make plays. Perhaps he’ll solidy the #2 position midseason or so.

  47. ballinmore says: Aug 25, 2011 12:52 PM

    Not even seeing any push back from the Eagles Homers about him being borderline retarded. They must all agree.

  48. lionsfanatic84 says: Aug 25, 2011 1:01 PM

    he called the Eagles the Dream Team because he is dreaming that he wont get cut

  49. seabreezes51 says: Aug 25, 2011 1:09 PM

    Vince Young is a project.
    There are a lot of head things to fix. Kafka is better for the Eagles for now. Maybe even for longer.

  50. Rogue Eagle says: Aug 25, 2011 1:17 PM

    Vince Young is a terrible QB. I would take Kafka over him any day. I’m an Eagles fan and never understood that pickup.

    From an “acquire, rebuild, retool, and resell” perspective, it makes good sense. I think Vince Young is the Eagles being smart about an “investment for the future”. Perhaps get a few draft picks out of him next year and/or cover themselves for the odd game or four that Vick might be out while still utilizing Kafka in “different formations”.

    Other than that, worthless.

  51. strahan92 says: Aug 25, 2011 1:25 PM

    Vince wants to take his shirt off and go clubbin’ w/Kafka

  52. strahan92 says: Aug 25, 2011 1:28 PM

    Vince’s dreams come true when he sees the ringless Feebles w/ their shirts off in the lockerroom.

  53. andersonhtespiderjohnson says: Aug 25, 2011 1:53 PM

    Is anyone really surprised that this immature brain doner isnt picking something up? no they’re not, vince young is a loser whos dreams came true in college and now everyone else in this league is just as fast or faster bigger and or stronger, nfl is a mental game, and vince young just dosent have the intelligence or the work ethic to be what everyone thought he would be.

  54. Rogue Eagle says: Aug 25, 2011 2:04 PM

    Coach him up. Dump him.
    aka Pump & Dump.

  55. philyeagles5 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:45 PM

    i guess hes not Kafka-esque.

  56. carnboys says: Aug 25, 2011 2:56 PM

    Watch the eagles cut kafka and keep vince young.

    DREAM TEAM

  57. seabreezes51 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:57 PM

    Maybe he gets in a couple of games, late in the season, when they won’t matter, and plays well.
    Then the Eagles pawn him off on some QB desperate team for another second rounder…

  58. carnboys says: Aug 25, 2011 3:13 PM

    Philly,

    He could not cut with the Titans.
    Keep the younger quarterback. Give the clip Board and let him learn from mike vick.

    Young is done

    Dream Team!

  59. zeussuperman says: Aug 25, 2011 3:36 PM

    GO EAST-WEST SHRINE GAME LEGEND MIKE KAFKA

  60. zeussuperman says: Aug 25, 2011 3:38 PM

    And to everyone questioning Vince Young?

    Back off! He’s a 2013 2nd round pick in the making!

    Don’t believe me? Ask Donovan, Kevin and AJ.

  61. zeussuperman says: Aug 26, 2011 12:06 PM

    ballinmore says: Aug 25, 2011 12:52 PM

    Not even seeing any push back from the Eagles Homers about him being borderline retarded. They must all agree.

    ————————————–

    Don’t know enough about him to say. I doubt you would be able to pick up Andy Reid’s playbook and know it cover-to-cover in four or five weeks, so him not mastering the offense isn’t surprising.

    However, we know his exploits in TN, and we’re wary. If he were the starter and this was the regular season, I think you’d hear a lot more Eagles fans bashing him.

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