• July 4, 2022

Young Was Good But Not Good Enough

It was a game that began with so much promise, and ended with so much disappointment.

For the seventh time this season the Eagles are losers. The latest episode is a 38-20 debacle against the Patriots.

On top of the defeat, Vince Young has confirmed that he is only a shell of the player that stole the show during the 2005 National Championship. The former Texas Longhorn threw for a misleading 400-yards in defeat. Under his direction, the offense had no rhythm.

Despite opening the game red hot, completing two of his first three passes for a total of eighty yards, Young could not maintain the up-tempo pace. The Birds did not muster a third down conversion until the third quarter. They finished the game just four of thirteen in the category.

The sixth year quarterback’s inaccuracy was key in defeat. He ended the game with 26 completions on 48 attempts to accompany a costly interception and a garbage last minute touchdown.

Had the Eagles been playing a low level NFC team this may have been enough to garnish a victory. However, against one of the league’s best franchises, the game was nearly over before it began.

Young is certainly not the main reason that the Eagles are 4-7. That being said his days as a franchise quarterback have likely ended.

And one final thought…

Sunday’s game made it abundantly clear that Eagles have a leadership crisis.

After thirteen seasons Andy Reid has visibly lost the support of his players. Much of the fifty-three-man unit was mentally checked-out of the ball game by halftime. Poor body language from a plethora of players, including star wide receiver DeSean Jackson, serves as conformation of the aforementioned claim.

Worse off, this Eagles team plays as a group of individuals and not as a unit. They look like a group for fifty-three men who collect fifty-three paychecks instead of one team that is driven by victory.

I am not questioning the competitive nature of these players. I simply am pondering if they have lost their will to win.

Keith Zubrow

Keith Zubrow is currently a freshman at Syracuse University where he is studying Broadcasting and Digital Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Marketing Management at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. In 2011, Keith graduated from Upper Dublin High School. During his time at UDHS, Keith served as a three year President of the Broadcasting Club and was the lead play-by-play voice for UDTV, Upper Dublin's Cable Access Channel. During that span, Keith made two appearances on network television and, in 2010, won an award for his story that aired on KYW Newsradio. Follow Keith on twitter: @kzubrow

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2 Comments

  • I dont question VInce’s will to win… he’s the backup, for crying out loud. He did as well as could be expected in this situation with no running game and an overall poor game plan from the coaches…

    I sure wish Vince had coaches who could put together a sound plan consistently… At least then? so much wouldnt have been ridin on one game..

    I they would have taken care of business against the Falcons…. or maybe the 49ers… or even the Cardinals? maybe this loss wouldnt have been so devastating

    these guys put themselves in a bad position and its simply to face up to it… Reid has nowhere left to hide and almost no one else left to blame… McNabb is gone, so is McDermott… Vick is hurt

    cant blame Vince… he did reasonably good considering the situation he was in

  • Not only is Vince a back-up, but it’s his first few months in this offense. Please notice that I didn’t say “first year.” How long is it supposed to take to learn this offense? If memory serves me, Reid once said it took 3 years.

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