Eagles Notebook: No Pats for Cary Williams

MICHAEL BRYANT / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Riley Cooper wore a boot at practice in what Chip Kelly called a 'preventative thing' but Cooper still caught some balls.
MICHAEL BRYANT / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Riley Cooper wore a boot at practice in what Chip Kelly called a 'preventative thing' but Cooper still caught some balls.
Posted: August 03, 2014

EAGLES CORNER Cary Williams didn't want to talk about all his reasons for not liking the idea of joint training-camp practices with the New England Patriots week after next, but reporters knew if they kept asking, Cary Williams being Cary Williams, he eventually would come clean.

"I'm trying not to go into details about it or disrespect that organization, because I give that organization all the credit in the world," Williams said after yesterday's training-camp session. "But one fact still remains. They haven't won a Super Bowl since they got caught."

Eagles fans with memories of Super Bowl XXXIX generally tend to be aware of this fact. The Patriots were found to have taped other teams' practices, in violation of league rules.

"They're cheaters . . . I know you're going to be looking at the [Eagles practice] film when we go out there . . . we'll be watching film of them," Williams said. "I don't want to show them my cards. That's just me . . . I used to like the mystery. When you just come into camp, you do your camp, you go against those other guys [in preseason games] and you get that itch to go hit some other guys. When you're practicing against other teams early on, you don't get that itch. That itch is gone."

Didn't B.B. King sing about that?

"And then there were certain things in practice that I didn't agree with, that went down," said Williams, who was removed from the first practice against the Pats last year at NovaCare after getting in a tussle with New England wideout Aaron Dobson. Chip Kelly said he and Bill Belichick had agreed beforehand to sideline any players who got into confrontations. "I know it's going to be the same thing this year. To me, I didn't see how we benefited from that practice at all.

"Maybe it's because I don't like the Patriots. Maybe that's what it is.

"I just don't like 'em. I played 'em three or four times in a row [when Williams was in Baltimore]. I feel the same way about the Pittsburgh Steelers. I don't like them either. That's just been my upbringing. Now I'm starting not to like any team in this division."

The Eagles and Pats will practice at Foxborough, Mass., Aug. 12-14 before their Aug. 15 preseason game.

Boots made for walkin'

Wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeff Maehl were wearing right-foot walking boots yesterday. Asked about Cooper before practice, Chip Kelly said the boot was "a preventative thing," and reiterated that Cooper should be back on the field in a few days. No one knew to ask about Maehl, who had practiced Thursday. Cooper referred reporters to head athletic trainer Chris Peduzzi, who is not available for interviews.

In the absence of Cooper and Maehl, Ifeyani Momah and Arrelious Benn worked with the starters.

Chip's an Urban legend

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was effusive about his visit with the Eagles and Chip Kelly, Meyer saying he planned to adapt some of the things he saw.

Kelly said yesterday he wasn't sure exactly what Meyer meant, but added, "I've known Urban for a long time. I have a lot of respect for him. I think he's one of the all-time great coaches in college football. He's very good friends with [defensive coordinator] Billy Davis - Billy and him went to college together [at Cincinnati]. I visited Urban when he was at Florida and went to Ohio State this year to watch him practice. He's one of the guys I talk a lot of football with. We share ideas, and we get as much out of them as they get out of us."


Chip Kelly said safety Earl Wolff was "sore." Wolff sat out group work for the second day in a row . . . Nolan Carroll laid out for a spectacular interception of G.J. Kinne . . . The Eagles are off today, then will hold their second public workout of the season tomorrow at Lincoln Financial Field, weather permitting.

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