Remember at the beginning of the season when the Eagles were supposed to be the best team in the league? They were a team of crazy superstars that were going to smash the competition, and dominate games. Naturally, coach Andy Reid stepped forward and said something to the effect of “No, no. We are not the dream team. We’re just a football team that will try and win games.” I don’t know how much of camp they had already gone through at that point, because practice time was so short this year. However, it makes me wonder–only a little bit–if Reid saw this coming. He wouldn’t be a very good coach–which I know he is–if he looked at his team and said to himself “We are going to really suck this year.”

However, I really do kind of wonder if Reid had doubts that this Eagles team was really going to be able to step on the gas. When the Eagles took Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC), I didn’t see him as being the shut-down corner that people played his name up to be. When people were talking about the new additions, they mentioned Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha in the same sentence. The reality is, both of these guys are good, but they aren’t THAT good. When Asomugha was in Oakland, he had one dynamite season in 2006, and was pretty good in 2005 too. After that, he has been pretty ok. Now, I could be being unfair to Asomugha. I have never seen the guy play, I’m going purely off the stats. From what I’m seeing, this guy is no Charles Woodson or Darrelle Revis.

Furthermore, I know DRC because he played in Arizona for three years. With DRC, you either loved him or you hated him–feast or famine. He registered a lot of great numbers, had multiple interceptions every year (some even returned for touchdowns). The thing was, he almost ALWAYS went for the interception. He would rarely defend the receiver, and would always go for the ball. If quarterbacks recognized that and put a little air under the ball, DRC got toasted. It happened a lot. No player is perfect, and I never expected DRC to just be anything less than he was, and he is good. I just didn’t think he was THAT good.

The addition of Vince Young was a bit of a head-scratcher too. Vince Young, to me, I always saw as another DRC-type player (a.k.a feast or famine). When he was with the Titans, he could destroy teams when he could pass and run with effectiveness. However, he is a bit of a head case and can make some really dumb decisions with the ball. If you go purely by the numbers, they aren’t that great either. His only semi-decent year was in 2010, and he didn’t play the whole season. 1,000+ yards, 10 touchdowns, three interceptions, and three fumbles. Is that any reason to REALLY get excited about him coming over? As a quarterback, he shouldn’t be that turnover prone. If you look at his numbers though, you’ll see he has a bit of a problem with that, ESPECIALLY this year.

I’m not trying to bag on the Eagles. I have always liked Andy Reid. I think he’s a classy guy, and he can put together a decent team every year (except for this one). So, I would be sad to see him go if they fired him. If they end up only getting four wins this year, he might be gone. Anyway, as we saw this year with the Eagles, not every dream team is a real dream.