Although it was Vince Young who gave last year’s Eagles the “Dream Team” moniker, it was Nnamdi Asomugha more than anyone else who epitomized the way the Eagles tried to build a talented roster through free agency a year ago: Asomugha was free agency’s biggest prize in 2011, and when he chose Philadelphia, that’s when people really started looking at the Eagles as Super Bowl contenders.
As it turned out, the Eagles were 8-8. And Asomugha says the lesson they learned is that a great team isn’t built quickly.
“Last year we were coming together and things happened very quickly for us coming together, so there was a lot of newness with players and coaches, and it just didn’t come together as quickly as we would have liked it to,” Asomugha said in an interview for an upcoming Rich Eisen Podcast, a portion of which was played on NFL Network on Friday.
Asomugha says he knows that last year’s Eagles free agency moves were an easy story for fans and the media to talk about, but he thinks this year’s Eagles have a better chance of being a real team because they have time to build themselves into one.
“There was a lot of hype around it, great stories that you could put in before the season started on comments made about the type of players we were bringing in,” Asomugha said. “But I just think it goes to show that it takes time to build a team in the ultimate team sport that we’re playing. In football you just can’t do it overnight. That’s kind of what happened last year and that’s why we’re in this position this year where we’re looking forward to getting back out there.”
The other lesson is, backup quarterbacks shouldn’t make grand pronouncements.