Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick's Super Bowl Decree Will Doom Team

Ryan Phillips@@RumorsandRantsContributor IIIJune 12, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Andy Reid before the start of the Eagles game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Michael Vick took to Twitter on Tuesday and posted a not-so-subtle message: "Super Bowl." This is the last thing the Philadelphia Eagles need and this kind of attention and public declarations of the team's superiority will only serve to put a big target on the Eagles for other teams. 

Last year backup quarterback Vince Young referred to the Eagles as a "dream team" and that created a media firestorm that followed Philadelphia all season. The Eagles finished an incredibly disappointing 8-8 last season and they clearly collapsed under the weight of preseason expectations. 

While I appreciate Vick's confidence and understand his excitement at the upcoming season, after last year's debacle the Eagles don't need this kind of press. The NFC East is a loaded division with the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys and the young and developing Washington Redskins

The Eagles have a loaded roster but that doesn't mean they will win games. Philadelphia had a great roster in 2011, yet they started 4-8. 

One of the keys for the Eagles in 2012 will be Vick staying healthy. For that to happen he has to be more careful when he escapes the pocket and not take the kind of hits he took last season. 

Andy Reid and company have a big task in front of them this season. With the long-time coach's job likely on the line, and with so much money invested into several big-name players the Eagles need to at least produce a deep playoff run. 

The Eagles need to fly under the radar this season and let the champion Giants take up all the expectations and headlines. Vick's Super Bowl declaration will only make that task harder.