The piling on by the national media and NFL analysts about Vince Young's "Dream Team" comment continued with former quarterback Boomer Esiason.
"If I'm Vince Young trying to resurrect my career, I keep my mouth shut," Esiason told USA Today. "This is a guy who cried on the bench down in Tennessee when he was being booed. If he thinks those Tennessee fans were tough, he better hope Michael Vick doesn't get hurt for an extended period of time. Because if he ends up getting the ball, and goes out there and plays like he did in Tennessee, the Philly fans will run him completely out of town."
Esiason added that Philadelphia has "one of the most passionate, toughest fan bases in football." The best thing Young "can do is button up just don't say anything and learn as best you can from Michael Vick how you can resurrect your career."
Since the comments were publicized, Young has said his remarks were taken out of context, although he was not surprised by all the attention.
Offensive tackle Ryan Harris underwent back surgery this week for a herniated disc. His injury was one of the things that forced the Eagles into making changes on the right side of the line, moving Todd Herremans to right tackle from left guard.
"Thanks for all the well wishes and positivity," Harris wrote on Twitter. "I am doing good and will be ready to play this year in no time."
Harris also said that he will be playing this year, calling reports that he was going on IR "greatly exaggerated."
The Eagles will not have to worry about the Sports Illustrated cover jinx, although Nnamdi Asomugha was on the cover a few weeks ago after he signed with the team.
The six regional covers for the Sept. 5 NFL Preview—on newsstands Wednesday—feature Curtis Lofton (Falcons), Jerod Mayo (Patriots), Calvin Pace (Jets), Lamarr Woodley (Steelers), Clay Matthews (Packers) and DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys).
SI's Peter King predicts the Eagles to finish 10-6 and win the NFC East by a game over Dallas. He has the Eagles winning a wild card game over Detroit but losing to New Orleans in the divisional round.
King's Super Bowl prediction is Atlanta 24, San Diego 20.
King correctly predicted last year that Pittsburgh and Green Bay would meet in the Super Bowl.