The supposed “Dream Team” of last year’s Philadelphia Eagles didn’t even make the playoffs. A year later, Michael Vick surveyed his team’s roster and declared it worthy of not just one Super Bowl, but many.
“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,” he said on Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia.
That’s big — outrageous? — talk for someone on a team that went 8-8 last year and has not even gotten into training camp for the upcoming season. But Vick said it is not just his feeling.
“I think it’s just a mindset for my organization on down to the players,” he said in the interview. “We know we can do it. We know what we have, that’s the great thing about it. We know what we have as a team, as an organization and what better position to be in than to know that you have an opportunity?”
They had an opportunity last season, adding quality free agents to the point where backup quarterback Vince Young dubbed the Eagles the “Dream Team.” It did not work out so well. The Eagles did not mesh as a unit until it was too late.
This off-season the Eagles issued big-money extensions to players already on the roster, like wide receiver DeSean Jackson, running back LeSean McCory and defensive end Trent Cole. They added two-time Pro Bowl lineback DeMeco Ryans in a trade with the Houston Texans.
Vick said the Eagles are in a “special place” now. And while the Super Bowl is the ultimate goal, having a strong regular season is the immediate goal.
“I think just getting to the postseason right now is our focus,” he said. “The Super Bowl is going to come if it’s meant to happen. Some of the best teams have some of the best luck. Maybe we’ll have some of that. I think our focus needs to be one game at a time, just getting into the postseason.”