On Friday evening, the Philadelphia Eagles will bump into a couple players who started on their 2004 Super Bowl team in Dhani Jones and Terrell Owens. But Inquirer columnist Bob Ford says the 2010 team doesn't care about the past. It's a young team that's trying to form its own identity, and all of these rookies don't really care about history lessons.
"The current group doesn't seem to care all that much about the past, particularly since most of them don't go back very far," writes Ford. "The Eagles, according to those who count such things, went into training camp with the fourth-youngest roster in the league. Fifty-six of the 80 players in camp came into the league in 2007 or later. Even a graybeard like [Quintin] Mikell, who played in that long-ago Super Bowl, doesn't turn 30 until four days after the season opener."
"That team was dismantled," Mikell said during camp. "It's a new team."
Now we have to figure out if all this youth can translate into victories. The one thing I can tell you for sure is that players are excited about Kevin Kolb. For a guy who's started two NFL games, he commands a lot of respect in the locker room. Andy Reid's had tremendous success as a head coach, but his legacy's hanging in the balance. If he can win a Super Bowl with Kolb, Reid will be a made man in Philadelphia.