Barring something unforeseen, Vince Young will make his third consecutive start at quarterback for the Eagles Thursday night against the Seattle Seahawks. Over the past two games, Young has thrown for 658 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions for a 79.4 quarterback rating. And of course, the Eagles are 1-1 over those two games. This week, without a full week to prepare for the Seahawks, Young and the Eagles face a difficult task.
"Game planning (and) just making sure that you know everything that's going on," Young said when asked what the most difficult aspect to the short week is. "I know we crammed everything in today but you just have to get a little extra study time in and I feel like everybody should be okay."
Young's time as the starter could be winding down though, as Michael Vick took the next step in his rehab from broken ribs Tuesday when he threw lightly to receivers before practice. Though he's unlikely to play this week, Vick will benefit from the extra time off on the back-side of the Thursday night game. For Young, a free agent at the end of the season, Thursday could be viewed as a final audition for potential offseason suitors. But that's not how Young looks at it.
"I'm not really thinking about that right now," he said. "I want to go out there and compete and lead my team to combat and make sure that I'm calling the plays right, adjusting and doing all of the different things from practice and bring it out to the game field. So that's pretty much all that's on my mind."
Meanwhile, Young says that despite their 4-7 record, the Eagles are not feeling sorry for themselves but, instead, are keeping hope alive and focusing on the task at hand.
"It's not that tough (to stay motivated)," Young said. "I mean, you saw the (New York) Giants go down last night, you know those types of things. So all we have to do is just take care of our responsibilities. I tell all of the guys that I've been in this situation before. You know, 0-6 and we ended the season just a game short of missing the playoffs. And then, the one year we did go. So we just have to continue to keep working and worry about ourselves and not worry about anyone else."