When Vince Young stated during a training camp interview that there are only two words needed to describe the 2011 season, he probably did not know that his words would become the nickname of the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles.
By the time the 2011 season is over, the consensus might be referring to the Eagles as the “Dream Team” instead of the Dream Team, simply because there is a certain possibility that the free agency splash that the organization has made this last month will not pay off.
It’s not like there haven’t been Dream Teams before. In fact, the New York Jets have been doing the exact same thing for three seasons—although admittedly not as prominently as the Eagles this year. Where has it taken the team?
The Dream Team in New York has barely made it to the playoffs since Gang Green started dealing with free agency in that manner.
It’s a common phrase that you cannot build a franchise through free agency, and I believe that the person who first said that analysis could not have been more on the spot.
Chemistry is a very important part of football. There are so many factors that need to come together in order to execute a play.
If you consider the fact that this actually is a shortened preseason, the concern that the players will not get to know each other probably becomes very real.
Like LeSean McCoy stated the other day about Steve Smith: “I don’t even know what the guy looks like.”
This season, not only the rookies are struggling from not having a rookie minicamp, but also players that are new to their respective teams.
It is one thing if the players that the team has newly acquired come from more or less the same system, but that is not always the case.
Nnamdi Asomugha was the Eagles’ top signing this offseason, and perhaps rightfully so. He is arguably the second-best cornerback in the league.
The issue with Asomugha is that he’s used to playing in a system that plays to his strengths. The extremely talented cornerback’s greatest strength is to bump the receiver at the line of scrimmage to throw off the timing of his routes.
However, while playing mostly in zone coverage, Asomugha will not benefit much from that strength, and frankly, without his biggest strength neutralized, he suddenly becomes fairly average.
The Philadelphia Eagles has an extremely talented roster now that the team is approaching the NFL 2011 season. Time will tell if the great individuals will be able to come together as a team, but for now, it appears that there is room for concern. Just have a look at the game against the Steelers.
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