Sometimes, being late to the party just means you make the best entrance. At some point on Wednesday, everyone saw Miles Sanders‘ comments about being a part of the Philadelphia Eagles‘ offense and how it made him feel like he was part of an all-star team.
Sure, there was a desire to respond immediately. We, instead, elected to re-read Cody Benjamin’s write-up, one that dropped on CBS Sports on June 28th, and really dig into what was said.
Having done so, two conversations kept coming up. One, Vince Young‘s ‘Dream Team’ comment and Miles’ excitement about the coming season aren’t related.
It’s easy to see why someone would want to write that story. Miles was 14 when Young made those statements, so we’re sure he knows who Vince is. Yes, he probably should have known better, but it’s been more than a decade since a less-talented 2011 Eagles squad struggled to an 8-8 finish.
Second, Miles said a lot more than ‘all-star team’, even though that’s the only thing people want to take from the conversation. Take a look for yourselves.
"Oh man. We all feel like we’re on an all-star team, so we feel great. We feel unstoppable, I’m not gonna lie. The vibes are great, always have been. Nick Sirianni is doing a great job just keeping the vibes right, the chemistry good. We compete a lot in practice. But we’ve gotta see. It’s gonna come down to camp, taking it day by day, putting everything together."
Again, he expressed his excitement. He also added a caveat. “We’ve gotta see. It’s going to come down to camp, taking it day by day, putting everything together”. Miles hasn’t promised a parade, nor has he done anything wrong, but it doesn’t appear that he’s alone in his confidence of what the Birds may be able to accomplish during the 2022-2023 NFL season. Recently, Peter King weighed in with some thoughts of his own.
Peter King ranks the Philadelphia Eagles as one of the top four teams in the NFC.
Well, it appears that Peter King is every bit the workaholic that the rest of us are. Who are we kidding? As great as he is, he still might work harder on some days.
While vacationing, he apparently grabbed his phone as he had NFL power rankings on his mind, and he dropped what he believed to be the four best teams in the National Football Conference. Take a look:
Intriguing… Eagles rookie Nakobe Dean made a bold statement of his own.
Frankly, we don’t see anything wrong with any of this. While we all have probably played organized sports at some point and we’ve been warned about counting games as wins before they are played (or about the dangers of giving opposing teams bulletin-board material), every football program won’t be run like Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. Everyone is a microphone these days, thanks to Instagram, Twitter, and these really cool phones we have with those state-of-the-art cameras.
Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that Miles was making a bold declaration, which, again, he wasn’t. Isn’t he supposed to believe in his guys? If the Eagles don’t believe in the Eagles, why should anyone else? Frankly, the only thing we’re upset about is he didn’t say this sooner!
As he prepares for a critical season, his fourth in the NFL and one that doubles as a contract season, the man affectionately referred to as ‘Boobie’ has a lot on his mind. In July, he’ll host a free youth football camp for 250 kids at the high school that helped make him the man he is today, Wolvarena in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania.
So far, he hasn’t been given an extension. We all hope he plays well, but regardless of what happens during the coming campaign, here are three theories we can put to bed forever. One, Vince Young got excited and overstated what his team was (even though it can be argued that his comments were more about his excitement about being around what he thought could be a good football team).
Second, it doesn’t matter what King, Sanders, Dean, or any of the rest of us say. Games aren’t won in the media. If Philadelphia is as good as we think, they’ll win. What someone says will have no bearing on that.
Third, the 2011 Eagles weren’t bad because of what Vince Young said. The 2022 version of this team, if they lose and lose often, won’t do so because Miles Sanders said something. They’ll lose because they weren’t good enough in one game or another.
Frankly, we’re expecting great things, and we aren’t ashamed to say so. This team is a lot better than it was at this same time last year, and that’s obvious. Where their road leads them is completely up to them (not a jinx).