Last year’s 8-8 record would have been a disappointment for the Eagles even without all the “Dream Team” talk, but the big talk coming out of Philadelphia made the disappointment that much worse. That’s why, this year, Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha says he thinks everyone needs to lay low and avoid any incendiary comments in the media.
“We understand how it works. I think the less we say and the more we play, the better off we’ll be,” Asomugha said today at the Eagles’ Organized Team Activities. “Obviously there are going to be people that aren’t expecting a lot, people that are expecting a lot, those are things we can’t control.”
It’s not Asomugha’s fault that Vince Young called the Eagles the “Dream Team” and that the media ran with Young’s unfortunate word choice, but his arrival as a free agent — more than any other signing — was what got the Eagles recognized as the champions of free agency. He’s wise to recognize that the Eagles are better off not saying anything to raise expectations.
Still, some Eagles aren’t shying away from setting the bar high. That includes DeSean Jackson, who guaranteed a Super Bowl when he signed his contract extension in March and is still aiming high.
“Everybody knows what’s at stake right now, from the front office, to the coaches to the players,” Jackson said. “I think it’s a bond that we’ve created together. It’s one common goal that we want to do, and that’s the Super Bowl.”