The Philadelphia Eagles are 3-0. The team is off to their best start since 2004. The Eagles just beat their division rivals in a hard-fought game. So everyone is happy, right?
Well, apparently not. Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, who is never shy to speak his mind (as recently evidenced in his support for suspended Ravens running back Ray Rice), had some interesting post-game comments following Philadelphia's 37-34 victory over the Washington Redskins.
Here are Williams' comments. Quotes via NJ.com.
I was just trying to conserve as much energy during the week so I can be as effective as I can be on Sunday'. It was just such a dog fight. It didn't help that I wasn't healthy through the week and it didn't help that I had a dog fight before the week and then I had a dog fight during the game. It's just tough, man. We have to start taking care of our guys, taking care of our players, doing the right thing from there.
I didn't practice every week, there's a reason for that. A lot of guys had no legs. A lot of guys were in a dog fight before the game even started. We have to take care of our guys during the week to make sure we're fresh come Sundays.
In other words, we have to be smart. As a coaching staff and as players.
I'm going to be honest with you, it didn't matter if we had a short week or a long week, it's been the same. Something needs to change for us to be more productive. It's tough enough to go out there and play hard for 60 minutes, let alone having to fight through the week.
When you don't have legs, period, it shows up in the game. Period. Throughout the game. Period.
I'm saying [practicing every day] impacted a lot of people. A lot of people, but I'm just the only one man enough to get up here and say anything about it, talk to ya'll as a man and discuss and issue that obviously in my opinion is an issue in our starts [to games].
But again, I'm just employee 26 and whatever they deem necessary to get us ready for Sunday is whatever it is. If we have to find energy from outside sources to start games quick, then we've got to do it. But right now, the way we're doing it, it's not conducive to success.
We take a lot of reps. It's taxing on your body. It's difficult and you have to find that energy. We've been able to muscle through that, fight through that as a team but there are some modifications that need to be made.
Again, I'm just employee 26 but I know how to take care of my body, how to get ready for the game and the way we're doing it right now, it isn't conducive to success.
This is not the first time Williams has questioned the Eagles' methods. Williams spoke out against the team's joint-training camp practices with the New England Patriots in the offseason. Williams has also complained about how the Eagles, unlike most teams, don't have an off-day on Tuesday. Philadelphia's typical off-day is on Monday instead.
It's kind of odd that Williams is saying that Philadelphia's methods are not conducive to success considering the team is 3-0 right now. But apparently he isn't the only player who feels as he does. He's just the only one willing to go on record.
We'll just have to wait and see how the team responds to these comments. Head coach Chip Kelly will certainly be asked about them during his Monday press conference.