Feisty Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams and Eagles coach Chip Kelly have a fundamental disconnect when it comes to how to approach the game.
Williams got thrown out of a joint workout with the New England Patriots for fighting wide receiver Aaron Dobson.
And Williams made it clear that he believes the scrappiness would have been embraced by his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
'They came in there talking. They had a lot of jokes and tee-hees and laughs,” Williams said of the Patriots. “Dirty plays that were going on. There's a reason behind what I did. There's a reason behind the madness. At the end of the day, I've still got to do things the way the coach wants me to do it, and I understand that, but 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.
“We need a 'nasty' no question. I feel like we've got to establish a toughness, a tenacity, a hardnosed defense that's something to be feared when it comes out there each and every week. I think Brian Dawkins alluded to it a couple of times when I spoke to him, he's talking about 'bring that fear back here.' Right now, I don't know if there's anybody out there who fears this defense, especially after last week.”
Williams is known for his aggressive approach. He definitely plays with an edge.
What does Kelly think of Williams' opinion? Uh, not so much.
“You do that in a game, you get kicked out,” Kelly said. “We practice like we play. We could go get in a street fight, but that's not going to help us. There's a certain way you're supposed to play this game. It's between the whistles. The stuff after the whistles is not what we're looking for.
“Our players knew and Bill was the same way, one of the reasons we wanted to participate (in practices) against the Patriots was we knew this wasn't going to turn into a WWE brawl, because that's not what it is, it's a game of football.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.