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Matt Gagne
September 05, 2011
VINCE YOUNG, Quarterback
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September 05, 2011


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VINCE YOUNG, Quarterback

Few franchises appreciate a quality backup quarterback more than the Eagles. It took all of the first half of last season's opener against the Packers before starter Kevin Kolb was knocked out of the game, which paved the way for Michael Vick's renaissance in Philadelphia.

The Eagles are back in the reclamation game. After trading the reliable Kolb to the Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft pick four days after the lockout ended, the franchise signed the 28-year-old Young, the 2006 offensive rookie of the year and a two-time Pro Bowler. Young's act had grown old in Tennessee, and the curtain swiftly descended last November. That's when he lost his starting job after throwing his shoulder pads and jersey into the stands near the end of a loss to the Redskins and, according to reports, arguing with coach Jeff Fisher in the locker room.

Aside from attaching the Dream Team moniker to his new team, Young hasn't shown any lapses in judgment in Philadelphia. Coach Andy Reid's offense is a complicated one, but, as Vick did last season, Young is getting a handle on it. "I don't care about any of that [stuff] in the past—this is a great environment for him," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg says. "When you're driving a car in a tunnel and it's dark, you better be driving the thing straight—and he's on track."