The Eagles finally begin for real this Sunday as they travel to St. Louis to take on the Rams in their 2011 opener. Even though in reality, the offseason was no longer than in any other year, it really felt like it was. So, maybe more than any year in recent memory, it feels really good to be in the midst of a game week. The fanbase has high expectations for this season and Michael Vick says his own expectations are at a championship level.
"Our expectations - mine is to win a championship and I'd be lying if I told you anything else," Vick said. "Other than that I have no more personal goals. You know, as far as the team, I want this team to excel, I want the best for this organization, and I think every man in this locker room would tell you the same thing that I just told you; they would probably reiterate that. So it's all about the team and what we're trying to accomplish. We want to win it all."
Of course, with expectations comes pressure, but Vick says that as a professional, pressure is just part of the game.
"You know, there's always pressure. There's pressure on every team in this league. Every team's goal is to win the Super Bowl. So we thrive off pressure and that's the way it's going to be. A majority of these guys have been faced with pressure situations all their life. It's football, so how much pressure could there be?"
Vick says he knows that it's been over 50 years since this franchise won it all and he wants to be part of the group that finally brings that title back.
"It's definitely something to shoot for. I would love to be a part of the group that gets it done. And it would mean more to me than anything in this world to be able to reward this organization with that, or [head coach] Andy [Reid] with that after all of the hard work and blood, sweat, and tears that he put into this sport. And for me as well and for a lot of the other guys on the team in this locker room who have put forth so much effort week in and week out over the years. We just want to be one of those elite groups and we're just trying to make that happen."