Updated: See note at the bottom about the context and full quote.
Vince Young opened his mouth this morning and, once again, made himself look like a fool. It's a recurring theme in Young's career: The talk doesn't match the walk and the talent doesn't match the results on the field. But that doesn't stop Young from having all the confidence in the world, nor will it probably ever.
"Dream team," Young told reporters. "From Nnamdi [Asomugha] to [Dominique Rodgers-] Cromartie, to Jason [Babin] to myself. I know they are going to do some more things. . . . It's just beautiful to see where we're trying to go."
And with that, the Eagles became the Miami Heat and Young became Chris Bosh.
Let's be real here: One of those things is not like the other. I've got nothing against Young as a person or a player, but he, in no way, belongs with the rest of those names. He was signed to stand around and hold Michael Vick's jock. In the event Vick does go down, let's not act like the Eagles are in good hands or that the drop-off won't be significant.
The Eagles may be some kind of Dream Team. Or they may hit stumbling blocks and cave under the immense pressure that's now on the shoulders. General manager Howie Roseman should absolutely be praised for the way he's assembled this team and the moves he's made in this hectic offseason -- he's done one hell of a job. If anyone were going to label this Eagles squad a Dream Team, it should be him, not the backup quarterback he signed to a one-year deal.
It only took Young five minutes to open his mouth again and remind us why he's one of the more frustrating talents in the game. Perhaps a bit of humility from Young would help his cause, but don't wait around on it.
Edit: Turns out, the quote that's been circulating all day was just a sound-byte, and Young did handle himself quite well throughout his meeting with the media, and the snippet portrayed him in the wrong way. Now that I've seen the whole interview, and heard more from Young, I take it back. He sounds like he's ready for the fresh start he's needed since, well ... about the time he stepped foot in Tennessee. And I apologize for taking it out of context and portraying Young in the complete wrong way.
Young did, in fact, come off as humble when introduced to the Philadelphia media and the Dream Team snippet was a commentary on what the Eagles have done in free agency, not an assertion that he, and the players listed above, were an all-star cast. In that regard, he's right. Given the context of the entire interview, which I had not seen, Young is reflected in a completely different light -- a positive one that lacks cockiness or any kind of inflated ego.