By Ed Benkin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After another training camp practice, Eagles Cornerback Cary Williams decided it was time to clear the air.
On Sunday, Williams suggested that no other teams in the NFL feared the Eagles defense, and that the team needed to have the type of attitude the Eagles had during the day Brian Dawkins roamed the secondary. Williams said on Monday his Sunday comments were taken out of context.
“I wasn’t trying to be a jerk about the situation,” said Williams. “I just feel like we’re trying to build that culture, and I think we’re well on our way. I think, to a degree, it was misunderstood.”
Williams said he talked with teammates as well as Coach Chip Kelly about the comments. He says none of his teammates seemed to take offense to his comments.
“I think a lot of guys did agree,” Williams said. “I think a lot of guys may have had some disagreements, but we haven’t come across that. I was saying we are trying to bring about a culture here.”
Defensive End Trent Cole has been part of Eagles defenses which struck fear into the hearts of opposing teams. Cole said he understands what Williams was trying to say, and takes no offense to Williams’ comments.
“He wants to win,” said Cole. “He’s a defensive player and I expect that out of him. It’s the same mentality we hold. It’s not surprising to me and it shouldn’t surprise anyone.”
Defensive Coordinator Bill Davis was also asked about Williams’ statements. Davis admitted the defense is still building the culture Williams is hoping for by the time the regular season begins.
“We don’t collectively have the mindset that needs to be where it is,” Davis said. “You don’t just talk about it and say the words and all of a sudden everybody has the attitude. The way you get that confidence in your defense and in your techniques is by having success during the games.”
The Eagles will practice again on Tuesday at Novacare. Offensive Lineman Danny Watkins sat out Monday’s practice with a concussion.