Cullen Jenkins Not Buying Dream Team Hype, “we still are underdogs”BREAKING NEWS, Defensive Line, Eagles, News Thursday, September 8th, 2011
The Eagles not only obtained an excellent pass rushing defensive tackle when they signed former Packer Cullen Jenkins, they also acquired a sober-minded leader, who let it be known yesterday that he wants no part of the “Dream Team” moniker.
“Calling ourselves the ‘Dream Team,’ that would indicate that we’ve done something or that we’re to a level that other people want to be at,” Jenkins said. “But in actuality, we just have talent on our team, but we haven’t done anything with the talent yet. So we need to go out there and prove something first before we can start talking about what we are.”
You could tell that Jenkins is an old school football player, who believes in making big statements through his play. He talked a bit about the Eagles not buying into all this talk about how great team they are.
The veteran brought up the preseason game against the Steelers when the Eagles were embarrassed in front of the nation. “I hope we learn from that game that we can’t just roll our helmets out there and win”, Jenkins said.
According to Jenkins, last year the Packers team that he played on which eventually won the Super Bowl had to learn that lesson.
“Going into (last year), everybody was pumping up how good we were and everybody believed the hype maybe a little bit and we didn’t play as well as we should have,” Jenkins said. “And then once we got halfway through the season, we realized how hard it actually was. And people started doubting you and everybody’s written you off and we’ve got our backs against the wall, and we (became) a different team.
“We were playing as the underdog then, and once you have the mindset of an underdog, fighting its way up, it’s a whole different mind set, and I think that’s something we’ve got to have here. We’ve still got to have that mind set that we’re an underdog, because we are.
Back to this Eagles team which made the playoffs a year ago but lost to the Packers, Jenkins says they need to take the attitude of underdogs.
“Nothing was won here last year, so we still are underdogs. We have to fight up to that top spot, and that’s the way we everybody needs to think.”
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