There's been a lot of talk about the talking the Philadelphia Eagles are doing.
Recently signed back-up quarterback Vince Young described the Eagles' roster as a "dream team." Based on the off-season moves the team has made, it's hard to argue with him.
All the Eagles did since the lockout ended was sign Nnamdi Asomugha and trade for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, two Pro Bowl cornerbacks to go along with another Pro Bowl corner Asante Samuel. In the pass-happy NFL, having three star cornerback is an enormous edge.
By signing former Green Bay Packers' defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, and Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin, formerly of the Tennessee Titans, a good defensive line just got better.
Babin seemed to echo Young's comments. "I feel like we are the Miami Heat of the NFL," wrote Babin on Twitter. "Except we win the final game."
Andy Reid's squad won 10 games last season while winning the NFC East, but came up short against the eventual Super Bowl Champion Packers in the wild card game, 21-16.
Philadelphia is coming a season where they were ninth in the league in passing, and fifth in rushing.
The rushing statistics will probably get a boost with the addition of former Pro Bowl running back Ronnie Brown, who is coming off a 734-yard rushing season with the Dolphins. Combining Brown with last season's starter LeSean McCoy, who ran for 1,080 yards and caught 70 passes last year, will strengthen an already formidable running game.
The Eagles also have youth on their side by drafting 11 players this past April. Guard Danny Watkins (first round), safety Jaiquawn Jarrett (second round), and cornerback Curtis Marsh (third round) were all considered solid picks by draft experts. Watkins, at 6'3 and 310 pounds, might start immediately.
The idea that Philadelphia added four Pro-Bowl caliber defensive players to go along with a potent offense, it's easy to be optimistic. Michael Vick is still playing with something to prove, and he has one of the best big-play wide receivers in football in DeSean Jackson, and one of the best tackles in the league in Jason Peters.
There is one significant weakness on the Eagles: linebacker. Jamar Chaney will be needed to step up next season as the presumed starting middle linebacker. At the strong side, Stewart Bradley, Moise Fokou, and Akeem Jordan will battle for the position, and if you're not familiar with any of those players, you're not alone.
The Eagles will also have plenty of competition in the NFC. The Packers are still the Super Bowl Champs, and still have a solid team in spite of losing Jenkins by targeting a younger player for defensive tackle.
The Giants, Bears, Falcons, Buccaneers, and Saints are all expected to build off their success last season. Meanwhile, the NFC West probably can't be any worse than they were last year.
However, none of the NFC teams have made the type of moves that the Eagles made. Sometimes a change of scenery is helpful for players, so it's possible that Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie will have career years this upcoming season, which is a scary thought.
Perhaps Young and Vick are being brash, but it's hard to not see their point when so many signs point toward a great Eagles season.
There's always a team that looks great on paper heading into a season. It will be up to Reid and his talent-rich team to show they're more than just talk and looking good on paper when they step out on the field.