Ray's QB Notes 1: Vick's 'dynasty' comment
Discussing quarterback issues, past and present, as the Eagles prepare to open training camp on Sunday…
I was walking through the airport this week when someone said, “How about (Mike) Vick calling the Eagles a dynasty?” I was just returning from Europe so I had no idea what he was talking about. I was disconnected for two weeks except for an occasional glimpse of the Tour de France on TV.
It was like, “Eagles? Dynasty? Huh?”
I thought the guy was joking. Why would Vick say such a thing one year after Vince Young put the “Dream Team” label on the Eagles. That hung around their necks like a moldy piece of a cheese all season. Surely, Vick knew better than to make the same mistake.
When I got home, I went online and found Vick’s interview with Derrick Gunn on Comcast SportsNet. It turned out to be far less provocative than the fan in the airport suggested. As such, I don’t think it will have the impact -- or shelf life -- of the Dream Team.
Vick did use the word “dynasty” which is ill-advised since the Eagles have not won an NFL championship in more than half a century and he has never been to a Super Bowl much less won one, but he was talking more about what the team could be, not what it actually is.
Saying “I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty” isn’t the same thing as saying, “We are a dynasty.” Some people will try to link it to the Dream Team and owner Jeff Lurie’s Gold Standard line, but it’s a stretch. Anyone who reads the full Vick interview will see what he was trying to say.
Should Vick have said it? Probably not. I’m sure Andy Reid saw the quotes, rolled his eyes and wished Vick had not gone there. Now he will be asked about it at camp. He will have to answer those questions and Vick will, too, and it is an annoyance both men could do without. Still, it doesn’t figure to linger.
It will be fodder for the pundits and it will fuel talk radio for awhile, but it will fade. I think Vick was just trying to make a positive statement about his vision for the Eagles and while he could have chosen his words more carefully, he wasn’t in the same rhetorical ball park as the clueless Young.
But as a general rule of thumb, it would be wise to have at least one Vince Lombardi Trophy in your lobby, preferably two or three, before you start tossing the “dynasty” word around. Reid, who coached in Green Bay where they have a few of those shiny things on display, probably will make that point with Vick sometime between now and the first mass interview at Lehigh.E-mail Ray Didinger at firstname.lastname@example.org