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The Philadelphia Eagles will win, not one, not two, not three, not four…
The Miami comparisons have already begun, the problem is however they are not very similar. Vince Young, during a recent interview, has proclaimed this the “Dream Team,” a joke which has taken a life of its own. We must remember that this is Philadelphia; Brotherly love doesn’t apply when it comes to its athletes.
The comparisons are few and far between and that might be a good thing, unless your goal is to reach the finals only to lose. Philly has improved on paper but as we all know, the games are not played between the lines, they are played between the hash marks on Sundays thus they must prove themselves a yard at a time. The team leader is Michael Vick who is in his 3rd year after his stint behind bars; talk about full circle.
Michael Vick can be compared to Dwayne Wade, a popular athlete who convinced his friends to come play with him-a stretch by any sense of the word. Vick has played a major role in acquiring the many free agents who now have taken their talents to the Eagles locker room.
It is well known that players in the NFL love, admire and respect the electrifying quarterback, not to mention the fact that they would rather play with him instead of against him. The comparison ends there considering there is no Lebron or Bosh on this team. All the Eagles have done is spread money around, not waste money because the players they have acquired are good solid players; nonetheless, aside from Nnamdi, none of the players are stars in this league.
Let’s focus on the Eagles and leave comparisons alone for now.
Looking at this team, the question still remains- what happens with number 1 corner of last season Asante Samuel. He has stated that he doesn’t want to be traded and if he indeed stays put, the Eagles would have a trio of pro bowlers; but would the massive egos allow such a team to win?
It also becomes a question of what happens with Jackson who has yet to report, considering a hold out due to contract negotiations or lack thereof. The situation with Maclin is also something people are not talking about as of right now.
With all these questions and unknowns, the most important factor in determining how far this team goes, is the health and effectiveness of Vick. He showed us all what he was capable of last season but tailed off late, including an ill-advised throw in the playoffs which basically ended the season for the Eagles. Will we get the same or better from the athletic quarterback or has the rest of the league figured out what to do against him?
The NFC East is stacked with good teams (minus the Redskins of course) but none have made as big a splash in free agency or via trades. The cowboys were also in the Nnamdi sweepstakes but failed to nab the big free agent and they have been relatively quiet.
The giants are still battling with defensive end Osi Umenyiora who wants a resolution with the ongoing contract dilemma that may or may not result in a trade. A sticky situation for the giants but one they will have to take care of soon because with the beginning of August, the season is right around the corner.