The Philadelphia Eagles made numerous roster changes following the NFL lockout agreement, including a significant change at the backup quarterback position.
Kevin Kolb, once praised as the quarterback of the future after Donovan McNabb’s release, was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick in 2012.
Days later, the Eagles acquired embattled quarterback Vince Young from the Tennessee Titans. At first glance, this acquisition appears to be another bird-brain decision by the Eagles, but it could evolve into one of their smarter moves of late.
If Michael Vick has another All-Star caliber season like last year, the Eagles have a legitimate chance to win the Superbowl. However, Vick’s injury woes have been well-chronicled throughout his career, a testament to his effective but often reckless running style. If Vick is sidelined this year due to injury, the Eagles now have a backup quarterback at their disposal with very similar talents.
Let’s not forget that it was only five years ago that Young led the Texas Longhorns to a historic NCAA Rose Bowl victory and was being heralded as “the best college quarterback to ever play the game” and “the second coming of Michael Vick”. In a side-by-side comparison, both quarterbacks possess above-average athletic ability, strong arms, and the ability to stretch the defense.
However, they both have an occasional lapse of common sense judgment on and off the football field, which could mean double-trouble this year for the Eagles if not monitored closely.
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