The Philadelphia Eagles have had quite an eventful offseason, adding plenty of big names to their roster including Haason Reddick, A.J. Brown, James Bradberry, Jordan Davis, and Nakobe Dean, among others. Between the jolt to the roster and the positive momentum being carried into training camp by their quarterback, this really feels like one of the more anticipated Eagles seasons in a while.
Starting running back Miles Sanders clearly agrees, and to the chagrin of many he provided a quote that sent Eagles fans back to the nightmare 2011 “Dream Team” season.
“We all feel like we’re on an all-star team, so we feel great,” Sanders told Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports. “We feel unstoppable, I’m not gonna lie. The vibes are great, always have been. Nick Sirianni is doing a great job just keeping the vibes right, the chemistry good. We compete a lot in practice. But we’ve gotta see. It’s gonna come down to camp, taking it day by day, putting everything together.”
Of course, one of the most notorious moments in franchise history came during the 2011 offseason, when newly acquired backup quarterback Vince Young referred to the Eagles as a “Dream Team” after making several big time acquisitions including Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The Eagles went 8-8 that season (they started 4-8) and missed the playoffs, and Asomugha and DRC were both colossal disasters in Philadelphia.
These two quotes are not the exact same by any means, but I would be lying if I told you that Young’s quote was not the first thing I thought of when I saw what Sanders had to say, and certainly providing “bulletin-board material” type quotes in late June is probably not the best way to go about your offseason time. It is easy to get excited about your team when you see them on the field all the time, but of course I would like to see the team battle-tested before considering them some sort of elite juggernaut. We can only hope that A.J. Brown does not fall under the same jinx that the aforementioned players did over a decade ago.