How Important is the Development of Mike Kafka?

To many, it is a surprise that Michael Vick is still on the roster. For many others, it will be even more surprising if the Eagles bring Vick back after this year. If the Eagles don’t resign Vick next year, as expected, that automatically catapults Mike Kafka into the backup spot. The Eagles could obviously bring someone else in, but at that time Kafka would be the number two.

Often times the backup quarterback position in underapprecicated. They are thought of as the guys on the sideline with the backwards hat on that holds a clipboard. However, I think people in Philadelphia should hold a certain level of respect for the backup quarterback position.

In Donovan McNabb’s career in Philadelphia, he suffered many injuries that kept him out of a number of games. When your star quarterback goes down, the number two guy automatically gets a ton of weight put on his shoulders. In the past, the Eagles backups have done a pretty good job in carrying the team without McNabb.

This season, if Kevin Kolb were to go down, Michael Vick would be able to move up to the starting position and probably do a pretty good job. He has a different skillset than Kolb but has one that has brought him success in the past.

If Vick also went down, Mike Kafka (as it stands now) would be his replacement. Kafka doesn’t bring the same type of confidence level you get with Michael Vick. This is because we don’t know anything about the guy or what he can do at the NFL level (you could almost bring up the same argument about Kolb, but let’s leave that out of this).

Kafka was drafted because the Eagles thought he fit their system the best. There were other quarterbacks on the board that were rated higher by the “experts,” but the Eagles still chose to go with Kafka. Hopefully, Kafka isn’t forced onto the field prematurely this year. However, he needs to pay close attention to what Kolb does in practice and try to learn this system as quickly as possible.

Will Kafka ever be a starting quarterback in the NFL? Who knows. Stranger things have happened. However, he has to be ready to embrace a backup role in Philadelphia and know that if his time is called, the city will be counting on him.

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