Michael Vick continues to talk, because when celebrities of any shape or size have something to sell (and in Vick’s case, he’s pushing a clothing line and a book) talking to the media and saying things that make the media talk is the best way to make you talk.
And when you’re talking, you’re not just talking about the Philadelphia Eagles, and their chances of winning this year. You’re talking about Michael Vick, and therefore somewhere even subconsciously you’re reminded that Vick is selling something, and maybe you’d like to buy it. The process is cyclical, with Vick hawking his goods even when he doesn’t appear to be, because quotes that create instant headlines and chatter eventually lead to good returns on his bank statement, a statement that’s taken a serious beating.
Don’t forget that concept when you hear Vick talk during his media tour. I’m not telling you to approach every word with a level of cynicism that leads to the belief that Vick is a liar. He’s surely being genuine and sincere with each public comment while answering every question, but there may be certain ideas that are pushed out of his mind when they would normally stay there, buried mentally.
His comments yesterday to Reuben Frank from CSN Philly broke free from the chain.
A year ago Vince Young infamously dubbed the Eagles the “dream team”, and then they promptly lost four of their first six games, and dropped eight games overall for an 8-8 record, missing the playoffs during a dream year that quickly become a nightmare. Now Vick thinks the Eagles can be more than just a dream team following a successful offseason that (hopefully) addressed the Philly’s primary deficiencies.
He thinks they can be a dynasty.
“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. I think we have a chance to be that. I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty.”
“I think it’s just a mind-set for my organization on down to the players. 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?”
Were these comments unwise given the looming dream team moniker that became a joke last year? Sure. Will they lead to losses and failure? No.
Aggressive, overzealous comments of this nature made during the offseason instantly induce our pitchfork reflex. Vick has already been widely criticized, with those who dodge ladders and black cats, and sleep under a blanket of tin foil claiming that he’s ruined the Eagles’ season a week before training camp begins. And hell, I’ll admit that if the Eagles have a sucky start this year similar to last year’s sucky start, I’ll be the first one to dig this comment up and laugh. That’s all this is, though. Comedy.
The comment means nothing, even though to most it means absolutely everything. The Eagles didn’t lose last year and colossally fail to fulfill expectations because Young dreamed glorious dreams and said something stupid. They lost games because their linebackers couldn’t stop a tortoise that’s pulling an anvil. They lost because DeSean Jackson underperformed. They lost because their leaky offensive line failed to protect an already brittle QB, and then in relief of Vick when he was injured Young failed to resemble an NFL quarterback.
If they continue to lose this year, it’ll be because one or more of those weaknesses remain, not because Year 1 of Vick’s dynasty was a failure.
And now the links part of the links post…
- Troy Polamalu admitted that he’s hidden concussions because, you know, he’s a tough guy in a tough guy sport, and that’s what tough guys do. [SI]
- Here’s a great video analyzing Brian Orakpo’s strengths and weaknesses. He sometimes struggles to beat left tackles, so should he be moved to the right side more often? [Hogs Haven]
- Who’s next up to take a ride on the rookie signing carousel? Probably Mark Barron. [PFT]
- Brett Favre seems to enjoy wishing the Packers well. Someday he may also enjoy acknowledging his former team’s existence more formally. [Total Packers]
- Visanthe Shiancoe will be visiting the Patriots today, because Bill Belichick loves tight ends as much as I love food and sleep. [Musket Fire]
- The Rams are showing some intelligent foresight with the reported proposed parameters for Janoris Jenkins’ contract. An agreement will depend on whether or not Jenkins can accept that his history of misbehavior will inevitably result in extreme caution from any team that employs him throughout his NFL career. [Jason Cole]
- Don’t look for Cliff Avril on the first day of training camp. He won’t be there. [ESPN]
- It’s a little stunning how well the Eagles are situated over the next few years, with most of their prime talent signed to long-term contracts, and money against the cap still remaining. [Reuben Frank]
- Steve Weatherford showed a scrawny journalist that punters are capable of hurting people. [Awful Announcing]
- Joey Porter is retiring, and he plans to do it as a Steeler, where he spent many years saying many bad words to many people. [Ian Rapoport]