From ‘Dynasty’ To ‘Dream Team,’ It Was All Talk

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Michael Vick

If nothing else, Eagles players have stayed on message over the past two seasons. They entered the 2011 campaign  bullish about the assembled talent (along with just about everybody else). And, despite an 11-15 record since, some continue to tout the team’s potency.

As the 3-7 Eagles get set to take on the 2-8 Panthers in a showdown of the two worst teams in the NFC, here is a “best-0f” compilation of quotes that prove confidence is not the issue on this club.

(There are surely some that we overlooked. Feel free to add them in the comments.)

July, 2011. The quote that started it all. Vince Young was asked to describe the talent being brought into the Eagles via free agency and trade.

“Dream Team.”

July 2011. Jason Babin, following the  free-agent frenzy:

“I feel like we are the Miami Heat of the NFL.”

July 2012. Michael Vick talks dynasty:

“When I look at our football team and what we have on paper, I think about when I was growing up and the great San Francisco 49er teams, the great Green Bay Packer teams, and the great Dallas Cowboy teams, how they just positioned themselves to compete and be one of the best teams out there,” Vick said.

“I think we have a chance to be that. I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty.”

October, 2012. Kurt Coleman believes defense can be best in Eagles history:

“Absolutely. I say it with a straight face. I believe it. I believe in the team that we have, the guys that I play next to. We can do it. We need to continue to build on this, and make our legacy.”

October, 2012. Nnamdi Asomugha after 30-17 loss to the Falcons:

“The game was bad, this team isn’t bad, though, This is a good team. Unfortunately, we show stuff like that and the question is, well, are you? But we believe in ourselves, we know we’re a good team.”

November 2012. LeSean McCoy isn’t talking dynasty, but uses the other “D” word on the heels of the Eagles’ fifth straight loss:

“I believe that once we get it all together, we should dominate. We have the players here and Coach [Reid] is a winning coach.”

 November, 2012. DRC says nobody has more talent than the Eagles following Sunday’s loss to the Redskins:

“Nobody has lined up and just beat us. No, it’s just mental mistakes.”

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