In response to Vince Young’s decision to dub the Eagles a “Dream Team,” several of you astutely pointed out that Young will be playing the role of Christian Laettner.
But Vince possibly has his sights set a little higher.
“We’re going to compete, and that’s what we do,” Young said Saturday regarding Vick, in comments distributed by the team. “It’s going to make him play better and it’s going to make me get better. That’s what we have to do, and I have his back. Whatever happens, if I get a chance to get out there, I know he’ll do the same. Right now, I’m just going to be paying attention to him, listening, asking questions. At the same time, I’m definitely going to be the best that I can be in order to push because I want to see him be the best that he can be and help him lead this team to a Super Bowl.”
In fairness to Young, it’s likely that his reference to the notion of “competing” doesn’t mean he believes he’ll actually be competing with Vick for the starting job.
More importantly, Young is confident that, if/when he gets another chance, things won’t go like they did in Tennessee, during the times things didn’t go well.
“That’s definitely behind me,” Young said. “It was a learning experience and I’m a working product. There isn’t no one perfect in the league. As you see as guys get older and more mature, they start to take off so I’m kind of in that mode right now. I definitely wouldn’t take anything back. I’ve learned from all of my mistakes. I’m basically just ready to just move forward and do what I can to get the Eagles to a Super Bowl. That’s what I’m here for. I’m very excited to be here and a part of a great tradition of a football team.”
We like the attitude. And we continue to believe that a coach who knows how to press Young’s buttons will be able to get him through the highs and the lows of playing quarterback in the NFL.
Two years ago, no one would have imagined that Donovan McNabb would be long gone and Mike Vick would be the Eagles’ starter. Two years from now, who knows how the depth chart will look?