Asked if he is starting Sunday night at the Giants, as seems extremely likely, Eagles quarterback Vince Young said: "In my mind, definitely," but that the decision is up to Eagles coach Andy Reid.
Reid said Michael Vick (ribs) and wideout Jeremy Maclin (shoulder, hamstring) are being listed as questionable for the game, even though neither Vick nor Maclin has practiced this week.
Reid acknowledged today that Vick has never started a game without practicing at all. He said Vick was feeling "a bit better" after breaking two ribs in last Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.
DeSean Jackson said the Eagles will "try to keep it as simple as we can, not put too much pressure on" Young, who has taken just three regular-season snaps as an Eagle. Jackson said Young is a good quarterback who has beaten the Giants for the Tennessee Titans. "We really just need him to go out there and give us a chance to win," Jackson said.
Young, a two-time Pro Bowl performer with the Titans, was asked if he felt he had something to prove. He repeated an answer he had given reporters Thursday.
It's not about me at all. It's about this team. I want to go out and lead the guys to victory."
"Guys are really studying" to get the 3-6 Eagles past the 6-3 Giants, Young said. "Not having Jeremy Mac, Riley (Cooper) will get a chance to go in and step up, make some plays as well. I really feel like practice was pretty good, tempo was good, DeSean Jackson was doing a great job, everybody overall stepped in and took care of their responsbilities."
Cooper, by the way, said he did not see former Florida roommate Tim Tebow's final-minutes heroics against the Jets Thursday. "I don't get NFL Network," Cooper said. But he said he isn't surprised, either that Tebow is 4-1 as the Broncos' starter, or that "it isn't always pretty.'
Cooper had the same obseervation as Thursday night's announcing crew -- Tebow has "it."
"He's a winner," Cooper said.