Michael Vick says the ‘Dream Team’ notion is “dead,” and the Philadelphia Eagles have to focus on being themselves.
The defending NFC East champions are 1-3 in a season that began with Super Bowl aspirations.
Backup quarterback Vince Young was the first to label the Eagles a ‘Dream Team’ after signing a one-year deal to be Vick’s backup in July. Young was one of several big-name players the Eagles acquired during the offseason.
So far, the moves haven’t paid off.
Vick says the ‘Dream Team’ label might have put added pressure on the players, and the team now has to “scratch and kick from the bottom.”
The Eagles visit Buffalo (3-1) on Sunday.
PANTHERS: Tight end Jeremy Shockey could be the latest Carolina player to miss a game with a concussion.
Shockey was held out of practice Wednesday and coach Ron Rivera said he will be re-evaluated today.
Since Week 2, the Panthers have had one starter each week out with a concussion.
PACKERS: Aaron Rodgers is shrugging off Brett Favre’s assessment of his success.
The reigning Super Bowl MVP would rather talk about the accomplishments of his Green Bay teammates than dwell on what his predecessor thinks.
“I’m just going to say that I was really proud of our team,” Rodgers said. “It takes 53 guys to win a championship and we had the right recipe last year and we’re trying to do the same thing this season.”
In a radio interview with Atlanta’s 790 The Zone, Favre made remarks that could be interpreted as a subtle attempt to minimize Rodgers’ achievements.
Favre said he wasn’t surprised Rodgers won a Super Bowl, saying “the biggest surprise to me would be that he didn’t do it sooner” and that Rodgers “just kind of fell into a good situation.”
Still, Favre acknowledged that Rodgers can play.
“He’s got tremendous talent, he’s very bright and he got a chance to kind of sit and watch and he saw successful teams do it right,” Favre said in the interview.
• Jordy Nelson could have played out his existing contract and seen what the free agent market had to offer in the offseason.
But the wide receiver confirmed Wednesday that he has signed a contract extension through 2014.
JETS: Plaxico Burress insists his swollen left elbow won’t keep him out of his first game in the Jets-Patriots rivalry.
The New York wide receiver did not practice Wednesday after the elbow swelled up in the middle of the night.
“So they just held me out for today and I’ll be ready to go (Thursday) and Friday. So it’s nothing serious, just a little swelling, a little soreness, but it’s nothing to keep me out of the game.”
BRONCOS: Rookie right tackle Orlando Franklin was excused Wednesday to deal with a family tragedy.
Franklin’s status for Sunday’s game against San Diego is uncertain. Coach John Fox had already addressed the media when Franklin apparently learned of the situation after practice.