A dream team is something I can imagine every owner, every GM, every coach “dreams” to have. The best of the best to produce the best possible outcome. It doesn't always work out the way it’s planned due to financial restraints, lack of production, poor communication, etc. We don't have to look back very far in the sports almanac to see a supposed dream team not quite live up to all the hype. Lesson learned: save the championship celebration for the actual championship. I'm not naming any names but its starts with Miami and ends with Heat.
So all of this dream team talk brings us to the new look Philadelphia Eagles. After the tidal wave that was Joe Banner and Howie Roseman subsided the Birds suddenly sit perched high above the rest. The likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, Vince Young, Jason Babin, Steve Smith, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Cullen Jenkins added to the nest. Not to mention a plethora of talent already assembled pre-dream team days.
It all started in Lehigh with Vince Young's declaration of the “Dream Team” and why he saw Philadelphia was the place to be for him and quite frankly any player. The hysteria proceeded to take flight immediately following with bitter rivals showcasing their disgust via twitter and other media outlets.
It’s no wonder Donovan “Five” Mcnabb was quick to throw his opinion in the mix seeing as how he pined for years for the Eagles to build a dream team around him but to no avail. Banner and Lurie were always quick to NOT spend the big money on big name talent (minus a big mouth wide receiver). Now I am not and have never been a Five hater. Quite frankly I can see why he would be a little perturbed to see what the Eagles have done after the fact. But regardless Five is no longer a Bird.
“You’ve got to worry about DeSean,” Ex-Eagle Donovan McNabb said. “When he comes back are you going to give DeSean the ball or throw it to Maclin? Remember, you have to give LeSean McCoy the ball, too. And then at the end you still have to pay Mike Vick. They have more problems than people are looking at.”
Well Vick is paid so check that problem off the list. If the Birds next biggest problem is distribution amongst an array of offensive weapons I think that the Eagles will be just fine. Andy Reid has always done a great job of spreading the ball around and hopefully with one goal in mind the egos (cough, couch, Jackson) will commit to the Super Bowl or bust mentality instead of personal goals. Quarterback and team leader Michael Vick has done a tremendous job of taking over this team and taking it in a direction of prosperity. Speaking of prosperity, that 100-million dollar contract ain’t so bad either!
Eagles big wigs alike from Lurie to Banner are quick to deflect the “Dream Team” comments and instead highlight the Eagles commitment to winning it all.
“Somebody wrote the words ‘The Eagles are all in,’ and that’s how we look at it. We’re doing anything and everything we can, we’re being aggressive about it, and the expectations are high.”
Well football is officially back, the Dream Team takes flight this Sunday in St. Louis versus Sam Bradford and the Rams. THIS SUNDAY!! As Banner said expectations are high. I for one love the Dream Team moniker and think if the Birds play with that kind of swagger there is no stopping them.