Cary Williams is many things. He's a football player, an amateur interior decorator and a father. On Sunday, Williams decided to add another element to his ever-growing resume as a consultant on team-to-team mentality. While meeting with the media, Williams explained the situation that happened last week with the Patriots Aaron Dobson, that led to coach Chip Kelly kicking him out of practice. He also took a moment to compare the situation to his time in Baltimore.
"It was nothing like this [in Baltimore], I'll tell you that," said Williams, comparing his treatment after a skirmish with Dobson. "Different organization, different team, different coach, different colors. I can't expect this team to be the same as Baltimore was."
"(Patriots) came in here talking," said the former Raven. "They had a lot of jokes and kikis, and laughs, and a lot of dirty plays that were going on. There was a reason behind [why I got in a fight], a reason behind the madness, but at the end of the day I still have to do things the way coach wants me to do them, and I understand that, but it definitely would have been a different situation if it was in Baltimore. It wouldn't have been a fun practice for the Patriots, I'll tell you that."
Williams clearly has a vast vocabulary, as I nor Jimmy Kempski, who quoted the veteran cornerback, know what "kikis" are. To add to his comments regarding the difference in organizations between Philadelphia and Baltimore, Williams took a shot at his current team's toughness. ""I think Brian Dawkins alluded to it a couple times when I spoke to him," Williams said. "He was talking about ‘Bring that fear back here.' Right now I don't know if there's anybody out there in the league that fears this defense, especially after last week."
The Eagles will never be accused of being a bunch of bullies or even the least bit scary, but Williams is really just digging himself a hole here. It's funny that Williams would question the toughness of his team based on a preseason game and practices that he missed for a minor injury. While hamstring injuries are rough, the fact that he is calling out his defense when he didn't play is a bit ridiculous. I don't mean to sound like your elementary school teacher, but having fights in training camp and criticizing your team doesn't make you tough.
Williams likes talking his mind and that is something to be admired, but really, his tenure is off to a murky start with him sitting out of several practices and criticizing a team that he has barely been a part of over the last few weeks. The team does need to get tougher and SMARTER, but a cornerback who was burned last year more times than a short-order cook has no business saying what he said. He is not the caliber of leader or player that Brian Dawkins was, nor is he anywhere near as physical.
While I am criticizing Williams for what he said, he is not wrong about the Eagles lacking a physical presence. Frequently last year, defenders ran away from tackling and took very convenient dives to avoid contact. Frankly, the team's play over the last few seasons has been more stupid AND soft. If this team wants to change its identity, it will have to do so on Sundays, not during non-televised fights involving a barely-accomplished veteran and a second-round rookie.