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Why you should watch V.Y. this preseason

Just like last night, the game reps are big for the Eagles QB. Matt Bowen

Print This August 12, 2011, 06:00 AM EST

Vince Young is going to get plenty of playing time this preseason for the Eagles. That’s the role of the No.2 QB in camp. Get your starter enough quality reps to prep for the regular season, but the majority of the snaps fall to the back-up QB.

And that is going to impact both V.Y. and head coach Andy Reid.

Vince YoungGetting reps in the preseason will impact Young's development in Philly.

The former Titans first-round draft got his first taste of live action in the Philly playbook last night vs. the Ravens. The numbers: 3-5 for 45-yards. But every time Young takes the field, look deeper than the amount of yards he throws for or QB ratings.

What you want to see is a QB that consistently improves with each game.

Going back to the offseason, I talked with NFL defensive coaches that had to game plan for Young. Not one of them questioned his ability to make plays happen (which we saw an example of vs. the Ravens) or his strength in the pocket.

However, what they did question was his work ethic and development at the position. Young’s footwork needs to be polished, decision making has to improve and the ability to read coverages must take a step forward.

That has to happen with the Eagles this month. No offseason or coaching sessions for V.Y. He is starting fresh with a brand new playbook and a new way of playing the position under Reid. I don’t expect him to be perfect throughout the preseason (and mistakes can be corrected in the film room). But Philly needs to see a QB that can step in, run the game plan and win if Michael Vick misses time in 2011.

That’s the exact reason he is in Philly. It isn’t to start or compete with Vick. He is a No.2—and I want to watch how this plays out for the former top 5 pick. Show Reid (and the rest of the NFL) that his overall skill set at the position has been upgraded.

These are big games for V.Y. coming up over the next three weeks. Let’s see what type of QB he can be. Because he could play a major role for this team at some point this season.

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Aug 12, 2011
08:20 AM

I thought VY looked like he was supposed to last night, gifted athlete and QB. He isn't well versed in the offense (resulting in a lot of Ronnie Brown handoffs), but he played the improv plays well. I do agree he has to step forward every game with yardage and completion%. But if he doesn't, I have no objections to Kafka being elevated to #2 until VY can become more comfortable in this offense. VY has greater upside, but for the beginning of the season, I'd rather see Kafka at #2 because he showed improved arm strength and a b etter grasp of the offense. And I thought his accuracy was pretty good except for the INT.

Aug 12, 2011
11:02 AM

I thought Kafka was terrible last night. You could argue that the rush was getting to him to quickly, but pass rush or not, you can't lollipop the ball around the field just for the sake of avoiding a sack.

Aug 12, 2011
07:45 PM

Kafka is not bad...he just does not have much of an arm...VY looked good for a guy that just got his playbook...with time and more study...VY will get more comfortable with the offense and if Vick goes down..then he will be able to step in...Vick is not going to do a lot of running this year..he is getting rid of the ball quick, making decisive reads and throws...he is going to cut teams up this year!

Aug 13, 2011
03:10 AM

VY was given every opportunity in Tenn. He is what he is a tremendous athlete playing QB. The Kool aid for the "Dream Tean" is flowing freely. Vick got figured out at the end of last season and won't be a pro bowler again this year. The Iggle D will be real good at times, but when your D-coordinator is an offensive line coach there will be some bad decisions at crucial times.

Aug 13, 2011
11:56 AM

Wow. Media guys really don't think about what they're writing sometime. So let's review the two comments made by other teams' defensive coaches.

1. They questioned his work ethic.

How in the world would OTHER TEAMS' defensive coaches know anything about his work ethic? Gossip and hearsay, that's how. Jeff Fisher and his cronies have tainted Young's reputation around the league. And media lapdogs and non-analytical fans just drink it up. Amazing.

2. His development at the position.

Really? Here are his QB ratings in chronological order for the seasons where he played at least 4 games:


So can somebody explain how he hasn't developed at the position?

Aug 16, 2011
02:36 PM

I'm a Skins fan but I have to admit Andy Reid is a genius. (Except in the 2 minute drill and using his timeouts.)
He will get VY straightened out and will spin him into at least a 2nd round pick next year. He always gets teams to overpay in trades. McNabb and Kolb equaled two 2nd rd picks a 3rd round pick and a starting CB in DRC. All it will cost him is a little bit of his and Marty Mornhinweg's time. Whether he actually improves VY is irrelevant because the perception is already out there that he will.

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