Following the best statistical season of his professional career in 2010 in which he posted some absolutely staggering numbers (62.6% completion rate, 3,018 passing yards, 21 TD passes/6 INTs, 100.2 QB rating, 676 rushing yards with 9 TDs – courtesy of USAToday), Mike Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles entered 2011 season with high expectations. Marquee signings during that offseason lead new backup QB Vince Young to call the Eagles “The Dream Team”. Following an 8-8 season which lead devoted followers of the team to call for head coach Andy Reid to be fired, Mike Vick is exhibiting the utmost confidence in his team.
“This is the best team that I’ve been able to play with my entire career,” Vick said on 97.5 The Fanatic. “We’ve just got talent stacked all over the place, so that’s one of the main reasons why we feel like we got a good chance at it. Chances like this — teams that are built this way don’t come around too often — and you’ve gotta feel blessed that you’re in a position to play with a team with so much talent. So I just wanna take advantage of it.”
… Vick clearly believes the mix is now right for a championship run, tweeting, “Super Bowl #thatisall” on Monday.
Having confidence is one thing. Backing it up is an entirely different beast. The Eagles are counting on the hardships they faced last season to serve as a guide for this upcoming year. The entire team is on notice after last year’s subpar performance. Anything shorts of an extended playoff run will be seen as a huge disappointment.