Despite a vote of confidence from Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie in the offseason, Andy Reid can ill afford another flop out of the gate.
On Thursday, the 14th-year Eagles coach, who played at Glendale Community College, wrapped up nine weeks of offseason workouts with a three-day mandatory minicamp that represented the team's first chance to ensure the calamity of 2011-12 doesn't reoccur.
"I love the energy and mindset right now," Reid told the Washington Post. "For nine weeks, these guys have been coming in here and grinding it. I want that to carry over to training camp."
Wilting under the glaring expectations of their self-applied "Dream Team" tag after beefing up the roster with talent via trades and free-agent acquisitions, the Eagles' tepid 8-8 finish was actually seen as a glimmer of hope when compared to the 4-8 start that preceded it.
The hope now for Reid's bunch is to resemble the Eagles that are currently on a four-game winning streak rather than the group that lost four in a row beginning in Week Two last season. It will take some work, as the Eagles won't have the luxury of using this year's training camp to get in shape as they did in the wake of last offseason's lockout.