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Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Michael Vick: Eagles could ‘develop a dynasty’

Michael Vick has been doing some deep thinking lately. (Chris Trotman - GETTY IMAGES)
Remember last summer when Vince Young declared the re-loaded Philadelphia Eagles had the makings of a “Dream Team?”

Yeah. That didn’t quite materialize.

The Eagles finished a ho-hum 8-8 and missed the playoffs.

But now, after an offseason in which the team cut ties with Asante Samuel, Trevor Lewis, Ronnie Brown and yes, Young himself, the future is bright in Philly.

At least that’s the view through quarterback Michael Vick’s rose-colored glasses. In an interview Tuesday with Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Vick uttered the “D-word” in relation to the 2012 Eagles.

“When I look at our football team and what we have on paper, I think about when I was growing up and the great San Francisco 49er teams, the great Green Bay Packer teams, and the great Dallas Cowboy teams, how they just positioned themselves to compete and be one of the best teams out there," Vick said.

"I think we have a chance to be that. I think we have a chance to develop a dynasty."

Here we go again.

To be fair, a slew of shrewd draft choices and the additions of linebacker DeMeco Ryans and safety O.J. Atogwe will bolster a defense that last year ranked 10th against the run and 16th against the pass. And the team made long-term commitments to key offensive cogs including Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

The Eagles are counting on another strong campaign from breakout running back LeSean McCoy. (Rich Schultz - GETTY IMAGES)
In a wide open NFC East, the Eagles have the potential to supplant the New York Giants atop the division.

But a “dynasty?” What about just making the playoffs first?

The Eagles haven’t advanced beyond Wild Card weekend since 2009, when they lost to the Cardinals in the NFC Championship. That team featured Donovan McNabb at quarterback, Brian Westbrook at running back and Kevin Curtis at wide receiver.

It’s safe to say Vick and company have some work to do.

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