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No Faith in Mike Kafka? The Philadelphia Eagles Are Set at Quarterback!

No Love For Kafka?

There has been much talk recently about the Philadelphia Eagles selecting a quarterback in the upcoming draft to replace Michael Vick in the long-term, and also in the event that he was to get injured again. Apparently, people are looking right past the talent that Philly already has, and the talks of taking a quarterback in the second and third rounds is ridiculous. Quarterback is not anywhere even close to a need on the Eagles.

Ok, Philadelphia. I know how much everyone loves having gonzo amounts of quarterback depth and talent on the roster, but the team is set right now. At the very beginning of the free agency period, the Eagles went out an signed Trent Edwards, who by no means is a great starter, but the guy can fill-in if needed. That signing alone essentially signals that Philadelphia has no serious intention of drafting a quarterback, as that sets the Eagles up with three quarterbacks on the current roster.

And ahead of Edwards, the Eagles have Mike Kafka. Most Philadelphia fans have no idea who Kafka is, other than the fact that he has been the back-up to the back-up since he has been drafted. People got a brief sneak-peak of Kafka in the Falcons vs. Eagles game last season when Vick left the game with injury and Vince Young had that pulled hamstring. Given that Atlanta has one of the better secondaries in the NFL, Kafka played well, and in the end it was the Eagles defense that lost the game.

But let me shed some light on Kafka for those who are in the dark about this kid’s true talent. He was drafted by the Eagles in the fourth-round in the 2010 draft as a project player. But as a bright college student at Northwestern, Kafka ripped defenses apart. During his tenure, he shattered Northwestern’s individual passing and touchdown records, and led a fairly weak roster to the Outback Bowl against an immensely talented Auburn team. Kafka had a heroic bowl performance, but ended up falling short as Northwestern bowed out of the game in overtime.

Don’t let that discourage you.

Kafka is essentially Kevin Kolb 2.0. The kid has had two-years to learn Andy Reid’s system with no pressure, and has actually shown that he can be relied on as a starer in a pinch. The only reason last season that Young got the nod in those three-games that Vick missed last season was because he had more NFL experience. Of course, Reid dropped the ball and failed to make a change after Young stumbled in every game he started in. He won’t be making the same mistake with Kafka twice.

The Kaf-Gun is ready to make an appearance for the Eagles if needed, and as a fan and objective journalist, I would have absolutely no issue seeing him take the ball as the starter. This is of course a moot point if Vick stays healthy (cross your fingers!), and worst case scenario is that Kafka will continue to learn and develop on the bench. But trust me, Kafka is incredibly solid, and all he needs is a chance to prove that he can make it in the NFL.

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5 Responses to “No Faith in Mike Kafka? The Philadelphia Eagles Are Set at Quarterback!”

  1. I agree they don’t need to get a quarterback in the draft, at least not in the early rounds.

    Still, I don’t see how you can be so convinced Kafka could carry them for any length of time in the event Vick goes down. He’s still a young guy with very little experience. Grant you, he looked alright against the Falcons, but it’s hard to be sold on him when he only has a few quarters of actual NFL game action under his belt.

    My point is, teams should ALWAYS be looking to upgrade the quarterback position. That includes second and third string spots.

    • Troy Ballard says:

      I’m not saying don’t draft a QB ever again, or even in the later rounds of this draft.

      But to reach as far as to draft a QB in the first or second is ridiculous. The reason I have faith in Kafka is because Andy Reid is a magician with young QB’s when they have time to learn behind the offense for several years. And don’t forget, aside from that Falcons game, he has looked great in pre-season games too.

      Trent Edwards wasn’t too bad either, he had his games. Maybe he was just in the wrong offense…

  2. Richard says:

    Being a Northwestern Alum I watched Kafka in college and know what he is capable of. But Reid has a history of giving backups very little playing time and then just throwing them into games, Kolb is a good example. Kafka has been given virtually no time playing with the first team and has been left to struggle with backups and third string players, which produced interceptions with receivers running the wrong routes . He knows the system, and given the chance can play well. Young was another poor judgment by Reid and a complete waste of money.

    • Troy Ballard says:

      Yeah, I agree. Reid seems to have an issue with just throwing talented, but not necessarily experienced QB’s, into the fray. He did it with Kolb, and that ended up working out incredibly well. I’m sure Kafka will be the next one, with hopefully a similar result.

      Young wasn’t a total waste of money. The potential was there, but he just isn’t a football player, he’s an athlete. It’s too bad, because he could have made an excellent back-up to Michael Vick.

  3. mike says:

    I think the eagles should have their eyes open for a new 2nd string quarterback. I do not think mike kafka is anyone that we can depend on to win a game, let alone a big game. I do not want them to draft a quarterback “for the future unless it is someone with a real good chance of being a top ten qb of the future. I think we could use a saftey, another linebacker, backup running back, cb if they are a steal at that pick. I think I would rather have vince young again or some other qb out their if there is any for our no.2 pick. Overall I am not sure about kafka, however I am sure that we should have a better more experienced qb for our no.2 spot.

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