|Bill Belichick tells Cary Williams he ‘respects’ him as a player||08.15.14 at 11:52 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Eagles cornerback Cary Williams was all talk before this week’s joint practices with the Patriots and preseason game Friday night, calling the Patriots “cheaters” and saying they don’t get anything out of joint practices.
After three days of joint practices and Friday’s game, Williams had a change of heart and met with Patriots coach Bill Belichick at midfield following the game.
“He told me he respected me as a player, and he told me that he respected the fact I came out earlier this week and said some nice things about the [Patriots] organization,” Williams told WEEI.com. “I told him I was sorry for what I said. I just reacted out of emotion.”
On Tuesday, after the first day of joint practices Williams said it was “tremendous” to practice with the Patriots and Tom Brady. The cornerback said he made the comments originally because of the joint practices last season, in which he was thrown out of one of them for starting a fight with Aaron Dobson as well as playing the Patriots in the playoffs with the Ravens.
“Just from playing those guys on a consecutive day basis it was just so consistent playing those guys so you’re kind of develop a dislike or strong dislike for a particular organization, whatever the case may be — you say things you didn’t mean,” he said. “That was said out of pure emotion.”
Williams picked Brady off in the first quarter and returned it 77 yards for a touchdown, but injured his hamstring and didn’t return. He did stick around to meet up with Belichick, though.
“I’m sorry, I regret it, but at the end of the day it was two guys at midfield just respecting one another and understanding that I said that out of emotion rather than coming from the heart,” he said.
|Patriots prepared for joint practices with Eagles||08.12.14 at 11:19 am ET|
The Patriots and the Eagles will come together for a series of joint practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and the two teams will clash in Friday’s preseason contest at Gillette Stadium.
Joint practices have become the norm for Bill Belichick and the Patriots — they spent last week with the Redskins prior to their game in D.C. on Thursday night, and New England and Philadelphia met before their preseason contest last year. Based on their experiences with the joint practices in 2013, both Belichick and Eagles coach Chip Kelly expect the week together to be a productive one.
“I thought it was great,” Belichick said of last year’s sessions with Philly. “Chip and I talked about [how] we did a lot of situation work, and Chip and I talked about the things we felt like our teams needed, and I think we were able to accomplish those in the practice sessions. A lot of young guys played in the game. I’m sure it’ll be that way again this week. But practice sessions, we’ve got a lot of experienced players playing against each other in situational play, and I think that will serve us well and did serve us well last year.”
“We’ll go Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday with the Patriots,” Kelly said earlier this week. “Usually, we’re on our own on the day before the game, but we did it last year and did a lot of situational work with them. There will be a lot of physical play on Tuesday and Wednesday. There are a lot of corrections that can be made from [our first] game against the Bears. That’s what we’re trying to get accomplished in the next few days.”
Two important things to keep an eye on: one, the two teams certainly aren’t afraid to square off with each other — in last year’s joint practices, cornerback Cary Williams was tossed from practice following a fight, and some Eagles have said they don’t plan on being as accommodating this year as they were last year. And against the backdrop of Williams’ recent comments about the Patriots, there could certainly be some extracurricular activities involving the two teams. And two, the referees will be present for the sessions — and encouraged to throw flags — as both teams continue to get up to speed on the new points of emphasis when it comes to defensive holding and illegal contact.
|Logan Mankins on Eagles CB Cary Williams’ comments: ‘I’m sure it wasn’t the smartest thing in the world’||08.11.14 at 5:39 pm ET|
FOXBORO — With the Eagles set to come to town for two days of joint practices with the Patriots before their preseason game Friday night, much has been made of the comments of Philly cornerback Cary Williams, who called the Patriots “cheaters,” and said the joint practices aren’t beneficial.
A day before the practices, Williams didn’t back down from what he said as he told the New Jersey Star-Ledger, “I said what I said last week. The day is here.”
The Patriots on the other hand, aren’t paying attention to the comments.
“I don’t even know what he was saying,” veteran guard Logan Mankins said. “I’m sure it wasn’t the smartest thing in the world what he said, so I’m not worried.”
Bill Belichick was also asked if he had any reaction, but had nothing to say.
“You should talk to [Williams] it,” he said.
The Eagles and Patriots will practice Tuesday and Wednesday before Friday’s second preseason game.
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|Eagles CB Cary Williams stands by ‘cheaters’ comment about Patriots||08.07.14 at 8:39 am ET|
Cary Williams received some flak after calling the Patriots “cheaters” last week in reference to the Spygate scandal, but the Eagles cornerback isn’t backtracking.
“I give them all the credit in the world, but one fact remains: They haven’t won a Super Bowl since they got caught,” Williams said last week.
Said Williams on Tuesday (via The News Journal of Delaware): “Did I say the wrong thing? No. I stand firm on what my beliefs are, and that’s just that. I didn’t tell a lie. At the end of the day, that did happen. It’s in the history books. As far as I’m concerned, I made a comment about it and that’s that.”
The Eagles and Patriots will have joint practices next week, but Williams — who was kicked out of one of the teams’ joint practices last year after a dust-up with receiver Aaron Dobson — isn’t concerned that he’ll be a target.
“I don’t care,” said Williams, a former Raven. “That’s the whole point. I don’t care if they come after me or not. That doesn’t scare me. My mentality is I’ve never been a punk, never been a sissy, never been a guy that’s going to be a scared guy. I don’t play this game in fear at all. I don’t fear no man. As far as I’m concerned, you put your pants on as well as I put my pants on. We’re going to man up when we get there.”
|Eagles CB Cary Williams: Patriots ‘are cheaters’||08.01.14 at 6:05 pm ET|
Cary Williams doesn’t like the Patriots.
The Eagles cornerback dropped a “Spygate” reference when speaking with the Philadelphia media on Friday, adding that he believes there is no benefit to the upcoming joint practices between the Patriots and Eagles.
“They are cheaters,” he said.
“I give them all the credit in the world, but one fact remains: They haven’t won a Super Bowl since they got caught,” Williams said, referencing the video scandal that engulfed the Patriots in 2007.
Williams was kicked out of the joint practices that were held between the Patriots and Eagles last season in a flap involving wide receiver Aaron Dobson. Williams said there’s no need for Philadelphia to have joint sessions with New England, scheduled to take place in Foxboro from Aug. 12-14.
“To me, it’s not benefiting us, because they’ve already proven who they are,” said Williams, who also professed a distaste for the Steelers. “That’s their history. I don’t like them, not only because of that. I just don’t like them.”
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|Bill Belichick on Cary Williams: ‘We’ve moved on’||08.12.13 at 2:42 pm ET|
FOXBORO — To absolutely no one’s surprise, Bill Belichick wasn’t about to give Cary Williams the satisfaction of a verbal sparring match as the Patriots get ready for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week at Gillette Stadium.
Over the weekend, the Eagles defensive back accused Belichick’s Patriots of practicing ‘dirty’ last week in the team’s joint practices before the season opener Friday night.
‘We’ve moved on,’ Belichick said. ‘We’re coming to Tampa.’
Williams shoved Patriots rookie receiver Aaron Dobson in the face and grabbed his facemask on Tuesday, prompting the Patriots to pull Dobson from the remainder of practice.
Williams told the Philadelphia Inquirer there was a method to his madness.
‘[The Patriots] came in there talking,” Williams told the paper. “They had a lot of jokes and tee-hees and laughs,” Williams said. “Dirty plays that were going on. There’s a reason behind what I did.”
Belichick was again asked about the incident in his Monday afternoon presser at Gillette.
‘I don’t know I didn’t see it,” said Belichick, who was then given one more chance at clarification. ‘Moved on.’
|Another Eagles defensive back voices displeasure with Patriots: ‘They came in here talking’||08.11.13 at 6:18 pm ET|
Eagles defensive back Cary Williams said he purposefully instigated a fight with Patriots wide recevier Aaron Dobson during the joint practices last Tuesday because he was upset about the way New England was going about its business, adding things would have been handled differently if he was still in Baltimore playing with the Ravens.
“No question,” said the Eagles cornerback, who arrived in Philly this offseason from Baltimore. “[The Patriots] came in there talking. They had a lot of jokes, and [hee-hees] and laughs, a lot of dirty plays that were going on. So there was a reason behind what I did, there was a reason behind the madness. At the end of the day, I still got to do things the way coach wants me to do it, 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 can tell you that.”
Williams and Dobson were kicked out of practice for fighting. Williams comments come in the wake of statements from fellow Eagles’ defensive back Brandon Boykin, who told Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia he felt the Patriots tried to ‘bully’ the Eagles during their week of joint practices.
‘I can speak for the whole team. I felt like [on Tuesday], honestly they came out with this attitude to try to bully us,’ Boykin said. ‘And even though it’s practice, it’s always still a game tempo. I think as a team ‘ and obviously I can speak for myself ‘ I wanted to try to set the tone on myself as an aggressive person and just make plays.’
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