The Philadelphia Eagles have truly amassed a dream team, with as much talent as any team in the National Football League. On paper, it truly is a “dream team,” just as Vince Young suggests. However, the second half of that title is most important: “Team.”
No matter how much talent a team has, it needs to cooperate and work together if it wants to make plays and succeed. Talent alone does not win, as shown by projects such as the Dallas Cowboys.
Unfortunately, the Eagles will be at a disadvantage here. They have less time to gel than they ever would with the lockout cutting into the normal training camp schedule. Afternoon practices have been reduced to walkthroughs to ensure that one is familiar with the play overall, rather than the details. And the Eagles have been without their star wideouts for much of the training camp—DeSean Jackson just reported on Saturday and Jeremy Maclin has yet to practice at all.
Things may look a bit disheartening, but Eagles fans should not despair and certainly not panic. Fortunately a great deal of training camp, as well as four preseason games, still exist and will be plenty for the Eagles roster to develop chemistry. And here are five reasons why…