The Philadelphia Eagles learned the hard way last year: preseason proclamations are better off kept quiet. Public statements guaranteeing specific win totals and milestones are almost always embellished by the media, and the team responsible for the statement is expected to live up to their self-imposed standards. Approximately one year ago, after a lockout-shortened NFL free agency period, newly acquired backup quarterback Vince Young used a training camp press conference to announce the birth of a new nickname for his new team. ?Dream Team,? Young remarked, in an attempt to label the Eagles? star-studded roster following several high-profile free agent acquisitions that offseason, notably cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive linemen Cullen Jenkins and Jason Babin and running back Ronnie Brown. As Philadelphia stumbled out to a 1-4 start last, the ?dream team? moniker increasingly symbolized the team?s arrogance, unmet expectations and mounting pressure while motivating opponents with less-heralded rosters and free agent signing histories. The Eagles would finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs.
The Eagles, for the second straight year, must deal with unwanted outside pressure.