Yeah, he seems rather confident. Not quite as confident as a certain former Eagles quarterback whose unfortunate lip slip led to a season-long moniker, but confident nonetheless.
And that’s good. No, it’s fantastic. No, it’s expected, and there would be something wrong with him if he isn’t confident in June, during a time when nothing’s happened yet to derail that confidence and make him hate being repeatedly hammered behind an offensive line that habitually collapses.
Vick’s also been cryptically tweeting about winning the Super Bowl, and chronically whining about his low ranking on the NFL Network’s top 100, calling his slot at 70th “a joke.” Those again seem like generic statements of confidence. One of his comments yesterday during a Philadelphia radio appearance reads like that at first too, but something sounds just a little off.
Here it is, via 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly and Sports Radio Interviews:
On if he sees a more complete team this offseason:
“Yeah, and certainly a much more complete team than I’ve ever been on. This is the best team that I’ve been able to play with my entire career. We’ve just got talent stacked all over the place, so that’s one of the main reasons why we feel like we got a good chance at it.”
The mistake Vince Young made last August was his use of the exact words “dream team.” He could have said the same thing and expressed the same championship aspirations without using those doomed words, which is what Vick did here. He thinks the dream team still exists.
If last year’s dream team was so dreamy, but this year’s team is the best Vick’s been able to play with his entire career, then expectations will be escalating even higher, especially after his aforementioned Super Bowl tweet. Vick has set those sky high aspirations despite the absence of a major offensive acquisition during free agency, with the Eagles’ money spent on retaining and locking up two key, young contributors (LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson).
He’s right, though, and there’s no denying the Eagles’ overall talent on paper, even after the departure of Asante Samuel, the cornerback made expendable last year when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie came abroad. The run defense began its self-mending process towards the end of last season, and any remaining hole will be plugged with the addition of DeMeco Ryans. Fletcher Cox will help that effort too while also getting to the quarterback, and Vinny Curry will add to an already scary pass rush.
But with the exception of the run defense, the problems for the Eagles last year that led to a very nightmarish dream team and an 8-8 finish were mostly tied to the offense. Vick was under consistent pressure, which led to his constant battering and a three-game absence, and it contributed to the Eagles’ 25 interceptions–tied for the worst total in the league–and nine fumbles lost (7th). There was little effort this offseason to improve that creaky line after tackle Jason Peters was lost for the season with an Achilles injury, as Demetress Bell is merely a replacement, not an upgrade.
For this offense to be substantially better than the one that often sputtered last season and contributed heavily to the Eagles’ meager three wins in their first 12 games, there has to be a considerable improvement from within.
Here’s to hoping Vick has that in him, because otherwise his June confidence will once again turn into September misery.