Last offseason, a Philadelphia Eagles quarterback made headlines for stating that his team’s acquisition of superstar free agent players made them a “dream team.”
That player was backup quarterback Vince Young, and as his team struggled over the next five months, his comment gained more and more publicity. In fact, it was arguably the defining moment of the season for the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles.
Incredibly, that comment is only THE SECOND stupidest remark made by an Eagles quarterback within the last 365 days.
That’s because current Eagles quarterback Michael Vick opened his mouth in an interview with CSN’s Derrick Gunn on Tuesday.
Here’s what Vick had to say:
“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 in an interview with CSN’s Derrick Gunn on Tuesday. “I think we have a chance to be that. I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty.”
Notice that Vick didn’t say championship. He didn’t say dream team.
He said a worse D word.
Michael Vick used the word dynasty.
A dynasty is everything that a football team wants to be. It’s multiple Super Bowl titles, preferably at least three, in a span of four or five seasons.
It’s not something that you talk about before you’ve won a Super Bowl. Before you’ve played in a Super Bowl. Before you’ve won a playoff game.
Yet that’s exactly what Michael Vick did anyway.
As ESPN’s NFC East blogger Dan Graziano pointed out, this shows that the Eagles’ mindset is not where it needs to be this season. It should be about winning the division, advancing in the playoffs, and capturing that elusive first Super Bowl title. Instead, the Eagles’ most important player is talking about multiple championships before they’ve even come remotely close to winning their first.
CSN Philly writer Neal Slotkin says he has no problem with Vick’s comment because the 32-year old quarterback is the player who will have the most influence on the team’s wins and losses this season. I agree with Slotkin that I would prefer Vick to make that comment over any other player on that team.
But it’s not something that any player on any team should be saying, especially a quarterback with a 2-3 career playoff record as a starting quarterback, from a team that drastically underachieved last season.
Dynasty? Don’t talk to me about a dynasty!
I’ll tell you exactly what Michael Vick should do. He should shut his mouth. He should put on his uniform. And he should go win some football games.
Vick has essentially started the Dream Team talk all over again. This is Dream Team 2.0, only worse. Young’s comment can only be applied to the 2011 season. You can absolutely guarantee that Vick’s comment will be applied to the remainder of his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles, which, if he doesn’t play well this year, could end in five months.
This type of pressure is the absolute last thing the Eagles need in 2012. They already have enough pressure on them this season after winning their second straight offseason championship.
Vick never should have said a word. I can’t believe he didn’t learn from Young’s words last July.
This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for Eagles Central and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.