When quarterback Vince Young signed a free agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles last summer, he famously coined the Eagles a "dream team" - a proclamation that, however blown out of proportion, came back to blow up in his face when Philadelphia went 8-8 and missed the playoffs after several high-profile free agent signings.
In his introductory press conference with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, Young was asked to address those comments made nearly a year ago.
"I definitely won’t make that comment again because it was definitely blown out of proportion," Young explained. "It’s just to show you that it’s the respect I have for the players that were around in that locker room and to finally get a chance and sit in the locker room when you’ve got guys like we had out there. It's the same thing here."
Young used the phrase to describe the Eagles' acquisitions of Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Jason Babin last off-season (not to mention himself) - and while the intent may have been to show respect for the individual talent that the Eagles had assembled, he'd also provided fuel for the first sign of discontent. Discontent, as you may be aware, is abundant in Philly, and at the first sign of trouble, the "dream team" phrase took on a life of its own.
In fact, from the moment the comment was made, members of the Eagles' front office recognized the utterance as a "scary term," which was team president Joe Banner's description of the phrase.
This time around, Young is taking a more measured approach to heaping praise on his brand new teammates.
"What I was basically saying is just the respect of the players," Young said Tuesday. "Just like we have here we have a lot of respectable players on this team as well. From (Ryan Fitzpatrick), from (Fred Jackson), it’s a long list of guys... From (Mario Williams), you’ve got guys that used to chase me around. It’s a great thing to be on the same sideline with those guys now."