Two years after the infamous “Dream Team” offseason of 2011, the Philadelphia Eagles are at it again with an incredibly aggressive free agency attack. Possessing ample cap room thanks to adeptly structured contracts and shrewd cuts, the Eagles are feasting on free agency while their cash-strapped division foes are suffocated by the salary cap.
However, any fan of another NFC East team could glibly point to that 2011 Philly disaster, and it indeed feels like the new additions are keen to this perception from the outside. It’s hard not to after the Dream Team’s high-profile signings sputtered to a 12-20 record and the firing of Andy Reid.
Even linebacker Jason Phillips, a former special teams standout for the Carolina Panthers, seems to indirectly reflect this awareness in his comments after joining the team.
“Chip Kelly is obviously Chip Kelly. He’s a great coach. He hired a great coaching staff. Just something about the Philadelphia Eagles. I feel like it’s going to be a good couple of years for them,” Phillips said, via PhiladelphiaEagles.com. “From what I can tell, a lot of the guys they brought in are tough, smart, legit players. No egos, and they’re here to make the Philadelphia team everything it can be. From what I can tell, the guys they’ve brought in are those type of guys. That is the type of team that Coach Kelly’s trying to bring together.”
The Eagles have certainly made their splashes in signing defensive backs Kenny Phillips, Cary Wiliams and Bradley Fletcher among others. Philly fans hope this active offseason will yield much different results under Kelly.