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Cary Williams Calls Out Defense

CB Cary Williams was booted from practice for fighting the Patriots' Aaron Dobson

CB Cary Williams was booted from practice for fighting the Patriots’ Aaron Dobson

CB Cary Williams recently challenged the team’s defense to get tougher and nastier.

Cary Williams, who just won a Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens, has been a part of some very intimidating defensive units. He has played alongside the likes of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, and is understandably frustrated that the Eagles do not command the same level of respect as the Ravens of recent years.

Williams has the reputation of an ultra-competitive hothead, and lived up to it when Chip Kelly kicked him out of practice for starting a fight with Patriots WR Aaron Dobson. He took exception to the Patriots’ bully attitude and wants to see his teammates do a better job of sticking up for themselves:

“I was taught to be aggressive at all times, come out and compete at all times. [The Patriots] came in there talking. They had a lot of jokes and tee-hees and laughs,” Williams said, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Dirty plays that were going on. There’s a reason behind what I did.”

He refused “to be a doormat” and roll over for the mighty Pats, even though Tom Brady and company lit up the Eagles in their joint practices and preseason match-up. He compared Philadelphia to his former team, adding that “it definitely would have been a different situation in Baltimore. It wouldn’t have been a fun practice for the Patriots, I’ll tell you that.”

Though Williams was ridiculed by the media for his attendance at OTAs, he brings a winner’s attitude to a team that is trying to find its confidence. The Eagles have fielded laughable defenses for quite some time now, and they need veterans to inject the unit with swagger and accountability. Even the best attitude won’t be able to make up for a glaring lack of talent at certain positions, but the Eagles need passionate players to foster a winning culture. Williams has yet to back up his words with a lot of production in Philly, but he does have a championship under his belt and his courage to demand more of his teammates is somewhat admirable.

In the short term, though, there aren’t too many bright spots on the Eagles defense. The team admits that they don’t have the personnel to run their preferred system up front, and the secondary is filled with question marks. Hopefully Chip Kelly’s offense can keep up.

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