Hope springs eternal at this time of the year.
With NFL teams starting training camp soon, look for so many stories on players talking about this year being the year for their team to do great things. That’s always been the case every year.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick did the honors by saying he could see the Eagles building a football dynasty in an interview with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Derrick Gunn yesterday. He said this as he is ready to join his teammates for training camp over the weekend.
It’s good that he feels that way about the Eagles. He should if he was asked that question about the team being a dynasty. They have a good core of players that can win it all this year. Still, it remains to be seen if they can accomplish their objective.
Vick is a question mark for the Eagles. He is talked about as if he accomplished something in the NFL for the last two years despite not winning a playoff game as an Eagle. There is couple of things about him that has to be addressed.
For one thing, he is always injury-prone. It will be shocking if he can play all 16 games this year. With him running often, he will get hit and be thrown around like a rag doll. Having a good offensive line will help him, but that’s not a guarantee, either. The Eagles quarterback has to be healthy if he wants to achieve his objective of winning a championship.
Vick missed three games last year, and there were times he was hurt in the games he played. This can’t happen this time around.
Second of all, he has to show he can win postseason games. He has to make plays during a tight game. That means throwing the ball, not just running for first down or running and handing it to LeSean McCoy.
In Vick’s lone postseason appearance as an Eagle, he had a hard time reading defenses as he was not in sync with his receivers. He struggled to make plays, which was one of the reasons the Eagles lost to the Packers in the NFC wild-card game two seasons ago. He was skittish as if he was playing in the NFL for the very first time. He couldn’t make adjustments.
He was up and down last year as a quarterback. He struggled to make plays, and he showed inconsistency at times with his throwing accuracy. That was before he was hurt. He finished strong after he came back from the injured list.
Now, Vick’s healthy. He is at the prime of his career where he has to win one in the next few years. He has the wide receivers, offensive line and the running back to get the job done. There’s no reason for him to come up small anymore.
Vick has in it him to win it all. He showed his potential in his first few years with the Falcons and in his first year with the Eagles. It’s a matter of him proving he can be the guy that can get it done.
The Eagles quarterback certainly made himself a target for critics by mentioning dynasty and his team in the same sentence. He knows it, and he is not shying away from it to his credit. He knows the pressure he is under as a quarterback. With the Eagles having great players in their prime, it’s easy to understand why it’s championship or bust for him, his teammates and his coaches. He gets it.
Vick also want to be up there as a quarterback that knows how to win a championship. He knows part of being a legend is winning the big prize. That’s what he meant when he talked about the Eagles being a dynasty. He wants to be that guy that creates it. That’s what the focus should have been instead of being outraged for thinking big.
If he does not get to the Super Bowl, the season will be another failure for him and the Eagles. It would mean Eagles coach Andy Reid may lose his job after the team spent money to be in a position to win the Super Bowl. Eagles owner Jeff Lurie wants to get something out of his investment, and rightfully so.
The season hinges upon Vick’s health along with his ability to lead the Eagles to where they want to be.
Already, folks are getting a good laugh about Vick’s comments. The only way he can shut them up is hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.