When Vince Young used the words “Dream Team” to describe his new Philadelphia Eagles teammates, critics were quick to pounce. Now we can add Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to the list of those who don’t like the label.
“We’re about as far from a dream team as you can be,” Lurie told reporters today. “We’re a blue-collar, grind-it-out football team. Be aggressive, but be humble.”
Lurie has expressed satisfaction with the way his football people acted aggressively to spend in free agency, but he has also said the Eagles know they have to do more than spend in free agency.
On Tuesday, Lurie was quoted by the Bellingham Herald as saying, “We have a long way to go. As the Redskins have proven over the years, you don’t win by winning free agency. You win by having the best execution on the field.”
Taking a shot at an NFC East rival like that is uncharacteristic of Lurie — it sounds more like something Rob Ryan would say. Lurie said today that the Packers are the real dream team, because they won the Super Bowl.
One thing we know for sure about the 2011 season: If the Eagles’ season ends with anything other than Lurie hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy, it will be fans of other teams who gleefully bring up the “Dream Team” label.