Every time we've heard Chip Kelly speak about 'his type' of player, we hear one common tune...
"We want guys who want to play football not for what they will get out of it, but because they love to play football."
That, or some version of that, has been echoed more than a few times by the Eagles' new head coach.
Curious, then, that one of the first guys Kelly's staff added to the roster has seemed anything but that so far.
Wedding. Daughter's recital. Non-emergency Dental work. New construction on a house.
These are the reasons Cary Williams has given for missing the (yes, I know... optional) team's workouts to this point. They are optional workouts. But as a new player in a new city with a new coaching staff, the general rule has always been... you go. You show everyone you're there to play and earn a spot. You impress your new coaches and endear yourself to your new teammates. That's what guys 'who love to play football' do. Certainly, it's what guys 'who want to play football' do.
Wedding dates are set in advance. A free agent-to-be planning his wedding for a time that he knows will be during OTAs? Dental work is something you schedule yourself. You pick the day. You decide when to have work done on a new home. And while you might not be able to set the date of your daughter's recital... we've all had to miss occasions like that for work... and we, likely, make a lot less money (and have a lot less made of our absence) than Williams.
I am not saying the guy won't be effective. Not even saying that he won't be the best corner on the team by the time training camp gets going (although I'd put my money on Fletcher and Boykin).
What am I saying? It doesn't feel good. It doesn't feel like what a guy coming to play in Philadelphia would want to be doing. It doesn't feel right. A veteran playing in the same old system with the same old coaches and the same old teammates... well... even then it doesn't fit the mold of a 'Chip Kelly player.'
But given the circumstances are what they are (new city, new coaches, new system, new teammates) it goes beyond odd and lands, to me, squarely in the category of troubling.