Asking Vince Young learn the entire Eagles playbook after only three practices is too much to ask. Andy Reid wasn’t sure he wanted to play Young last night, but the former Texas great took over after Michael Vick played and Young did a good job for the Birds.
On one 3rd down play, Young dropped into the pocket eluded the pass rush by escaping to his left. It looked like he was going to be sacked but he used his speed and athleticism to buy himself some time. At the last second with the pass rush closing in on him, Young spotted a wide open Chad Hall in the middle of the field and got the ball to him.
This is the part of Young’s game which you can’t coach. It’s the part of his game that wasn’t seen at training camp because it wasn’t a game situation. Young took off one time on a scramble for six yards. He’s big, strong and fast, so it’s not easy to sack him even when a pass rusher gets back there.
Young led the Eagles on a nice scoring drive during his time in the game. He completed three of his five passes attempts for 45 yards. He was called for intentional downing when he threw the ball into the ground after being pressured by a blitzer.
The former Texas Longhorn was able to get the offense in and out of the huddle with ease. One of Young’s challenges is to learn all of the verbiage in the Eagles playbook and be able to spit it out quickly in the huddle.
After Young was removed from the lineup, third-string quarterback Mike Kafka took over. He showed his mastery of the offense by getting the ball out of his hands very quickly a few times versus the blitz.
For the most part Kafka was on the money with his decisions and his throws, but he made one costly mistake and it resulted in an interception. On another play, Kafka floated a blind pass outside to one of the running backs. He was fortunate that the defender didn’t see the throw and pick it off for a long interception return.
You can’t help but be impressed with Kafka’s touch on some passes. He’s very good at what are called sight adjustments, where he’s got to get rid of the ball before a free blitzer gets to him.
The former Northwestern quarterback is a good athlete, who was able to escape the pass rush and scramble for yardage. He finished with 13 completions out of 19 attempts for 132 yards.
I saw quite a few things about Kafka’s game that I liked but his lack of arm strength to make the deep throw will limit him in this offense which is called a west coast offense but is really a downfield passing game led by the speed of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. I will give Kafka credit that he has strengthened his arm since being drafted, but I’m still not sure if he can make the deep throw.