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Michael Vick on Eagles Start: The Dream Team Thing is Over

Is it impossible to make the playoffs in the NFL if you start out 1-4? Certainly not, but it doesn’t help. That is why the Eagles have such an important game this weekend in Buffalo. Already in a hole, a loss to the Bills would further suck the confidence out of Philadelphia and have Andy Reid in danger of losing his players.

What the Eagles need to do is stop making excuses and find a way to close out games.  They also need to rapidly shed their sense of entitlement, which is why Michael Vick told PhiladelphiaEagles.com on Tuesday that the whole “Dream Team” thing no longer applies to this team.

“The dream team thing is over,” Vick told the website according to Pro Football Talk. “Now we just have to forget about everything that’s happened and take it one game at a time. That’s what I’ve sensed in the locker room. I sense change. Nobody’s happy about this.”

“It’s the worst,” he said when asked about the Eagles 1-3 record. “At this level, in a game of this magnitude, especially for our organization and how hard we’ve worked, it makes it very difficult. Now the only thing to do is to go out there and get it worked out.”

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Eagles Reporter Howard Eskin Said He’d Bike to San Francisco if 49ers beat Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles sideline reporter Howard Eskin was so confident the Eagles would beat the 49ers Sunday, he told a San Francisco radio station he’d bike cross country if the team lost.

Appearing with Gary Radnich and Larry Krueger on KNBR Friday, Eskin declared the Eagles a “stone-cold mortal lock.”

“I will tell you right now, there is no chance the 49ers will win. Zero,” he stated. “I’ll take a bike from Philadelphia to San Francisco [if the 49ers beat the Eagles].

“There’s no way the Eagles go 1-3. None. Absolutely none.”

Naturally, the Eagles proceeded to blow a 23-3 3rd quarter lead, missing two field goals and fumbling on their final drive to lose 24-23. The self-proclaimed “Dream Team” is now 1-3.

Eskin, you may recall, is the same person who reported that Michael Vick would be out 2-4 weeks after injuring his hand last week. Vick didn’t miss any games. Eskin also said in July that the Eagles would be interested in Brett Favre as a backup once Kevin Kolb was traded. They signed Vince Young instead.

We’ll consider this strike three for Eskin, who apparently learned nothing from the failures of LA radio host John Ireland. You can listen to Eskin’s radio guarantee in the audio clip below. Thanks to Injury Rate for the tip.

UPDATE: As Off the Bench pointed out to us, Eskin’s son wrote a blog post demanding that his father honor the bet. Let’s hope he does.

Andy Reid: Rams Brought More Than we Could Handle

The Eagles beat the Rams 31-13 Sunday in their season opener. The final score indicates it was a blowout, but the game was actually close the first half. A big reason why the Eagles didn’t run away with things early is because of the pressure the Rams’ defense put on quarterback Michael Vick.

Vick was 14-32 for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Many of his throws went for large chunks, but overall he was on the run for much of the game. He was sacked three times and hit 11 times according to ESPN, but he did run for 98 yards. Perhaps that’s why he said he played lights out. For anyone who watched the game, you noticed that the Eagles offensive line struggled. Philly head coach Andy Reid said after the game that was a tribute to St. Louis.

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Roger Goodell, NFL Reportedly Convinced Michael Vick to Join Philadelphia Eagles

If you’re wondering why Michael Vick chose to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles out of prison instead of a team where he would have had a chance to start, it’s because the NFL reportedly influenced his decision. In an interview conducted for GQ, Vick tells Will Leitch that he didn’t want to sign with the Eagles as a third-string quarterback.

“I think I can say this now, because it’s not going to hurt anybody’s feelings, and it’s the truth… I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.”

Those two teams wanted him and would’ve allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced—and granted league approval—to sign with Philly. “And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation.”

With those comments, Vick will have ticked off at least two fan bases, and his words should incense the fans, 31 other owners, and the NFLPA. FOXSports.com reported the Bengals offered Vick a two-year contract after he was released from prison. Buffalo had just brought in Terrell Owens and wanted Vick too. Clearly Goodell did not want him starting immediately after prison and directed him to the Eagles which is nothing short of fixing the league.

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Rob Ryan Says Cowboys Will ‘Beat the Ass’ of Hyped-Up Eagles

The Eagles have grabbed everyone’s attention by signing several notable players in free agency. Vince Young termed his new squad a “Dream Team.” Newcomer Jason Babin agreed, saying Philly was like the the Miami Heat of the NFL. We advised Philly that it wasn’t wise to make themselves a target, but it’s too late. Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has already taken aim at them.

“[The Cowboys have] proven players, and that’s what we need,” Ryan said Monday according to the Star-Telegram. “I don’t know if we win the all-hype team, I think that might have gone to somebody else, but we’re going to beat their ass when we play them.”

That’s exactly what Philly gets. They wasted no time putting a target on their back and now they’ll have the entire NFL gunning for them. That’s not how you win a Super Bowl. The Miami Heat came close in the NBA but they lost. I imagine the Eagles will have the same fate, even if it isn’t the Cowboys that beat them.

Just like that, Rob Ryan has managed to become similar to his twin brother Rex.

Vince Young, Jason Babin: Eagles Are Dream Team, Miami Heat of NFL

The Philadelphia Eagles have made the biggest noise since the NFL lockout ended. They signed free agent Nnamdi Asomugha, backup quarterback Vince Young, defensive lineman Jason Babin and Cullen Jenkins, and they acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the Kevin Kolb trade. They’ve added a talented group of players to a team that reached the playoffs last year. They’re easily one of the top teams in the NFC and a Super Bowl contender. But if you hear the way the new players tell it, we might as well already hand the Eagles the Lombardi Trophy.

When asked to describe the players the Eagles have brought in, Vince Young said “dream team.” He continued “From Nnamdi [Asomugha] to [Dominique Rodgers-] Cromartie, to Jason [Babin] to myself, I know they are going to do some more things … It’s just beautiful to see where we’re trying to go.”

He wasn’t the only newcomer to raise the stakes for Philly.

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Michael Vick: Plaxico Burress Would be ‘Great Addition’ for Philadelphia Eagles

One former prison inmate, Michael Vick, would like another prison inmate to join his Philadelphia Eagles. In a radio interview with Anthony Gargano and Ike Reese on 610 WIP in Philadelphia, Vick said he would want Plaxico Burress to join him on the Eagles when he’s released from prison.

“It would be a great addition for our team,” Vick said. “I think with the guys we have now I think we can fit him in and make it work. Obviously the ultimate goal at the end of the day is to put that ring on your finger at the end of the year.

“I think certainly Plaxico is going to come out with a chip on his shoulder the same way I did and he’ll go out and help this football team to whatever capacity he can.”

The Eagles would not be the first team to consider signing the former New York Giant standout, however, signing the talented yet troubled receiver would be the wrong move.

Plaxico has not caught a pass in an NFL game since November 16, 2008. He’s 33 years old and the Eagles already have dependable dynamic receivers in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Why take a chance on a guy who ruined the Giants by bringing a gun to a club and having it go off? Why take a chance on a guy who was widely viewed as a flaky teammate? Maybe because the same could have been said about Michael Vick when he left prison, but Vick has proven he’s changed. Will Plaxico show the same remorse and character development? We will find out, but there’s little doubt at least one team will be willing to take a chance..