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Andy Reid: “Dreams aren’t reality … we’re not into that”

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Eagles coach Andy Reid is not a fan of the “Dream Team” label.

Reid said on ESPN Radio this morning that the “Dream Team” talk, which started with backup quarterback Vince Young, shouldn’t come up before the team has even had a chance to practice together.

“I’ve heard you guys comment about Dream Teams and all that stuff, and players come in talking about it, and all of that, but these guys haven’t had an opportunity to practice,” Reid said. “So right now we’ve got a lot of good-looking guys standing around watching. Obviously, dreams aren’t reality.”

Reid is looking forward to seeing all the Eagles’ new free agents on the field together, but until they get to work he’d prefer to hold off on the coronation.

“The reality will come when I can get my hands on them and get them into practice and we start grinding here like the other guys are grinding — that’s reality,” Reid said. “If you’re dreaming in this league you end up in about the third row with a concussion.”

And a team that buys into its own “Dream Team” label seems set up for a nightmare of a season. Reid doesn’t want that to happen.

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  1. mikea311 says: Aug 3, 2011 7:58 AM

    this dream is about to turn into a nightmare for him.

  2. bohnz says: Aug 3, 2011 8:00 AM

    Andy Reid such a class act. Not those Ryan brothers. I love to hear this from the coach.

  3. heywoodjablome says: Aug 3, 2011 8:02 AM

    Grab a quality LB and a dream can become reailty. Either way, I’m jacked for this season. Go Birds!

  4. phillyphever says: Aug 3, 2011 8:02 AM

    Best line of the interview was in response of Rob Ryan’s comments “I would have been upset if he said if it were a hot dog eating contest. I would have been ready for him.”

  5. skulman7 says: Aug 3, 2011 8:03 AM

    This dream team thing has gotten out of hand. If you look at the full quote, it’s nothing like the media is making it out to be.

    “Dream Team. From [CB] Nnamdi [Asomugha] to [CB Dominique Rodgers-] Cromartie, and from [DE] Jason [Babin] to myself, I know they’re going to do some more things. It’s beautiful to see where we’re trying to go. I’m all for it. Whatever they ask me to do, to be scout team quarterback or quarterback learning, do whatever it is. I just want to be here to help and be a part of a team. I’m just happy to be a part of the Philadelphia Eagles.”

    But of course the only part of the quote talked about is the first sentence.

  6. reidstinks says: Aug 3, 2011 8:04 AM

    In mikea311′s world there are unicorns and leprechauns.

  7. phillyphaithfulphan says: Aug 3, 2011 8:05 AM

    Birds will be fine. Reid has to step up and school Vince Young on how to keep his mouth shut.

  8. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Aug 3, 2011 8:06 AM

    I hate the Eagles, almost more than any other team in the NFL but you can’t fault their moves this season in FA. Will they actually be a “dream team”? Who knows, but if the NBA has taught us anything it is that you can’t buy a championship.

  9. marinomanx13 says: Aug 3, 2011 8:08 AM

    And they aren’t buying into it themselves, for the most part, aside from general confidence in your team that you ought to have.

    Vince Young’s “dream team” quote came in an answer to a question during an interview and he was just trying to say the right thing. What should he have said? “Uh, I think the free agents the Eagles have brought in all suck…”?

    What’d he say after the “dream team” part?

    “It’s beautiful to see where we’re trying to go. I’m all for it. Whatever they ask me to do, to be scout team quarterback or quarterback learning, do whatever it is. I just want to be here to help and be a part of a team. I’m just happy to be a part of the Philadelphia Eagles.”

    Yeah, sounds just like a guy that believes the Eagles are a bunch of self-centered players who feel entitled to a championship.

    It’s the national sports media that’s taken the quote and ran with it. Their only objective is to cause a stir and get fans talking, even if they don’t report the whole story.

  10. gtmann says: Aug 3, 2011 8:10 AM

    Well said Andy

  11. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 3, 2011 8:11 AM

    Great Job Andy Reid.

  12. touchdownsyndrome says: Aug 3, 2011 8:11 AM

    The only dream Reid consistently follows through on consists of orange sherbert & vanilla

  13. exeaglefan says: Aug 3, 2011 8:13 AM

    Reality is when Vick gets hurt and Young is the QB

  14. floatingspleen says: Aug 3, 2011 8:14 AM

    eagles fans will eat vince young!

  15. stealersfannot says: Aug 3, 2011 8:15 AM

    Nice try walking back this non-sense Andy.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of VY.

  16. seabreezes51 says: Aug 3, 2011 8:18 AM

    VY was just excited about the idea that the Eagles are making a genuine run at the Championship.
    He spoke out of turn and I’m pretty sure he knows that now.
    Now, the last piece may be at linebacker, but we will see. The Eagles have done more than any other team in the off season to get better. A lot of fans of other teams would LOVE to see their team do these things.

  17. cakrywyj says: Aug 3, 2011 8:18 AM

    Ex eagle fan? Well, you obviously have ZERO credibility when talking about Eagle matters with that name.

  18. vdogg says: Aug 3, 2011 8:20 AM

    Andy Reid needs to put a muzzle on Vince Young. This kid needs to keep his mouth shut in front of a camera and say more things like the end of his interview than the beginning. We all know the media will cut and chop an interview to sensationalize it, but now it’s time for Vince Young to learn this too. I hope Andy puts this kid in his place quickly, he clearly doesn’t need him chirping in Mike Vick’s ear or saying stupid crap like this that gets blown so out of proportion that the HC actually has to address it in a press conference.

  19. severs28 says: Aug 3, 2011 8:20 AM

    Reality is they will get no farther than losing in the NFC Championship game.

  20. hashsview says: Aug 3, 2011 8:21 AM

    Andy’s got class. Unlike the Ryan brothers who haven’t proved any thing at all,Just like to talk out the a$$. Speaking of them does any one know what trimester Rob Ryan is in? He looks like his water is going to break any day now.

  21. botchedextrapoint says: Aug 3, 2011 8:21 AM

    Andy to team “Don’t get ahead of yourself guys, I’m still the coach and I’ll find a way to screw it up.”

  22. jpb12 says: Aug 3, 2011 8:22 AM

    What’s wrong with a little trash talkin’?

    These guys should make a little sidebet. Philly wins and Rob Ryan has to get a haircut and wear an Eagles shirt at practice.

    Cowboys win and Reid has to get a pedicure from Rex.

  23. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Aug 3, 2011 8:24 AM

    If Tony Romo had said this you idiots would be going nuts. When an Eagle says it, it suddenly becomes “confidence”. What a joke.

  24. hotep999 says: Aug 3, 2011 8:24 AM

    8 linebackers…biggest name is “Matthews” who is a rookie and biggest football accomplishment is being in the “Matthews” lineage. My “dream” trade Asante for Orakpo, boom-roasted!

  25. melonnhead says: Aug 3, 2011 8:31 AM

    Why didn’t somebody ask him why the Eagles can’t draft and develop good defensive players with any consistency? Softball after softball.

  26. jacksaysfu says: Aug 3, 2011 8:34 AM

    People are jealous cause Banner and Roseman did a great job figuring ways to make the cap work and bringing in marquee players. If anyones team pulled off what the Eagles did, their fans would be thrilled. No one knows how this season will play out, but anyone who says we’re not a major threat is a straight fool.

  27. rodericksilva says: Aug 3, 2011 8:37 AM

    I keep hearing “when Vick gets hurt…”

    Reality is..when any teams #1 QB gets hurt the team suffers.

    Looking at the Eagle’s and Reid’s past, reality is that the backup QB comes in a does a very good job. How else would they have traded all of their back up QBs for high draft picks…and all-stars?

  28. supafinger says: Aug 3, 2011 8:37 AM

    Vick gets hurt in week 1 and VY will have to take over not knowing any of the offense.

  29. seneca1ss says: Aug 3, 2011 8:38 AM

    Vince Young just jinxed the Eagles. The media is gonna hyper-focus on the “Dream Team” quote (they have a huge target on their chest now)

    if Vick gets hurt, Vince will CRACK under ther pressure (way to go brain surgeon)

  30. rodericksilva says: Aug 3, 2011 8:39 AM

    REALITY FOR REID:

    Have you seen Rob Ryan’s stomach? I’m pretty sure that boy can put down quite a few hotdogs himself.

  31. flavordave says: Aug 3, 2011 8:41 AM

    I keep hearing you can’t win a championship with a dream team. correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t thee dream team win the gold medal? Even the celtics a few years ago won the championship . That was a dream team. this is all about lebron being a choking loser.

  32. denverdrivenfan says: Aug 3, 2011 8:42 AM

    You should have picked up Plaxico!! One jail bird can motivate another!!

  33. rodericksilva says: Aug 3, 2011 8:46 AM

    Melon,

    It’s obvious that Reid’s strength is developing QBs. Eagles’ management’s strength is managing the salary cap.

    Besides developing a beautiful retiring party for Troy, Emmitt, and Irving, what else have your Cowboys put together?

  34. sdw2001 says: Aug 3, 2011 8:48 AM

    vdogg says:
    Aug 3, 2011 8:20 AM
    Andy Reid needs to put a muzzle on Vince Young. This kid needs to keep his mouth shut in front of a camera and say more things like the end of his interview than the beginning. We all know the media will cut and chop an interview to sensationalize it, but now it’s time for Vince Young to learn this too. I hope Andy puts this kid in his place quickly, he clearly doesn’t need him chirping in Mike Vick’s ear or saying stupid crap like this that gets blown so out of proportion that the HC actually has to address it in a press conference.

    ————————————–

    Respectfully, you’re continuing to blow it out of proportion. Vince Young was excited. He spoke his mind. He didn’t go on some rant about how they are the Dream Team and they can’t lose and are a lock for the SB and what not. He was excited. I can see people being a little put off by it, but the media and NFL fans are blowing it WAY out of proportion. They make it sound like the Eagles organization itself said it. It was one guy who was excited. Get over it.

  35. imjinbrdgr says: Aug 3, 2011 8:49 AM

    If they think they’re getting past the Packers they are really dreaming.

  36. andyreidisfat says: Aug 3, 2011 8:53 AM

    melonnhead says:
    Aug 3, 2011 8:31 AM
    Why didn’t somebody ask him why the Eagles can’t draft and develop good defensive players with any consistency? Softball after softball.

    And then came the FACTS.

    Trent Cole
    Lito Sheppard
    Sheldon Brown
    Nate Allen
    PAtterson
    Dixon (he wasnt drafted by the Eagles but he never played a down till he got here)
    Steward Bradley (who was good but got hurt to much )
    Jamar Chaney (the verdict is still out but looking good)

    And thats just off the Top of my head. The Eagles are really one of the better drafting teams over the Reid era. They just keep getting snake bitten with the first round picks. Almost all of them have showed flashes of being great then they get injured. But when it comes to drafting late round guys for defense i don’t know if any teams had as much luck. And on ffense they are even better.

  37. The Shoeman says: Aug 3, 2011 8:55 AM

    You guys are funny . . .

    #1.get out of denial

    #2. We can’t help it if your GM is asleep at the wheel.

    #3. Stop drinking the ” kool-aid ” your teams are giving you.

    As..an Eagle fan,,I wish you guys got better.
    the NFC East…was the very best , the NFL has to offer.

    the Eagles by far,,have the most talent in the NFC.

    Instead of trying to make yourselves believe your getting better,by “knocking us down”,

    ask your GM’s, . . . WTF are you guys doing ?

  38. bleedgreen says: Aug 3, 2011 9:08 AM

    twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Aug 3, 2011 8:06 AM

    Who knows, but if the NBA has taught us anything it is that you can’t buy a championship.
    ————————-

    Tell that to the Celtics.

    As far as other team’s fans complaining… don’t be upset because your team isn’t going out and spending money to improve. Its one thing to be like Dan Snyder and try to build your team through FA, but its wholly another for the Eagles, who acquired someone who HAD ALREADY BEEN IN PHILLY in Babin, and got the best FA out there in the one position they needed most. Vince Young as a backup isn’t exactly an exciting signing for an Eagles fan. Its just a ‘quality backup’ that can do some of the same things Vick can do in order to not have to change the offensive gameplan if Vick goes down.

    If you go into free agency with holes at CB, DT, DE, backup QB and backup RB, and address those needs in free agency, why is that ‘buying a championship’? What about the Jets? Braylon, Santonio, Cormartie, LT are all trades or free agent signing. What about the Pats? Welker, Haynesworth, Harrison, Seau, Ochocinco, Moss… those were all trades or free agent signings… No one said they tried to buy a championship. Sounds like people are JEALOUS that their front office doesn’t spend money and try and win the Super Bowl every year.

  39. melonheadsdaddy says: Aug 3, 2011 9:09 AM

    Hate hate hate…you clowns are hilarious. Wishing injuries and ill will towards a team who has done nothing but better themselves with talent in positions of need. See ya in the playoffs. With or without MV7.
    PS…Brian Dawkins was developed by Philly….best safety to ever play the game. Buff said.

  40. abninf says: Aug 3, 2011 9:48 AM

    Eagles and Dream Team is like saying Philly and Low Taxes. Sorry Reid, VY stuck you guys with that label. Too late to get rid of it now. You’ll be hearing it all season. You’re screwed.

  41. wtf__seriously says: Aug 3, 2011 11:47 AM

    Every year it’s a new team with a target on it’s back. Last year it was the Jets with all their signings, before it was the Redskins, the Cowboys…this year it’s the Eagles.

    The Eagles have been for the most part irrelevant forever, at least on PFT, and now they are the talk of the league. Just look at all the new Eagles screen names that have popped up in the past 7 days.

    Remember the buzz when Favre signed with the Vikings? They were running out of clever screen names involving “purple” and/or “Vikings” on this site. And, 90% of them have been silenced by their team, and their QB’s performance. The arrogance was shut down COLD. They’ve disppeared. Crickets.

    We will see where we’re at in January, I guess.

    Good luck on your team’s season, Philly fans, and welcome to PFT all you newbies!!

  42. axespray says: Aug 3, 2011 12:36 PM

    Weren’t people calling the 2010 Vikings a Dream Team back when they got Randy Moss?

    Just goes to prove that people are more “wow’d” by fantasy stats and madden ratings then they are reality.

  43. wtf__seriously says: Aug 3, 2011 1:23 PM

    bleedgreen says:
    “….Sounds like people are JEALOUS that their front office doesn’t spend money and try and win the Super Bowl every year.”

    —————————————

    Naah. Actually, we are gagging on the fans that crawl out from under rocks, puff out their chests, say every other team sucks but theirs, then disappear before the playoffs when their team doesn’t get it done after all.

    That’s not every fan, Bleedgreen, but ya gotta admit it’s a big chunk of them. I’m a long, long time Jets fan that spent a lot of time about a year ago defending my favorite team on this board, before I caught on. And yeah, some of the Jets fans were annoying as H3LL, but a majority of them have disappeared again.

  44. txtuff says: Aug 3, 2011 2:43 PM

    VY became a headache for Reid as soon as he got off the plane, I love it LOL!

  45. zeussuperman says: Aug 3, 2011 3:51 PM

    melonnhead says: Aug 3, 2011 8:31 AM

    Why didn’t somebody ask him why the Eagles can’t draft and develop good defensive players with any consistency? Softball after softball.

    ————————-

    Because, Vox – unlike you, the people asking the questions know football.

    DeSean, LeSean, Maclin, Brent Celek, Trent Cole, Nate Allen – the list goes on.

    Maybe they should have asked “Why do so many blue chip free agents continue to choose the Eagles over the Cowboys?”

  46. tangysizzl says: Aug 3, 2011 4:25 PM

    Vince may have started the “Dream Team” thing but your fricking GM is the one who is saying their “All in” and its basically SB or bust for them now.

    Anyway Philly, thanks for taking the focus off the Packers as the team to beat this year.

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