Chip Kelly wasn’t the only one disappointed with how the Philadelphia Eagles played on defense in their preseason loss to the New England Patriots. Cornerback Cary Williams, acquired in the off-season from the Baltimore Ravens, said the teem needs to develop a tougher, more intimidating attitude.
(Williams is not joking around. He was benched during practice last week for fighting Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson.)
Williams spoke with Philly.com about what the defense needs to do:
I feel like we need a nasty, no question. I feel like we got to establish a tenacity, a tough-nosed defense, a hard-nosed defense, something that’s to be feared when it comes out to each and every week. Brian Dawkins alluded to it a couple of times when I spoke to him. He was talking about bring that fear back here. Right now, I don’t know if there’s anybody out there that fears this defense, especially after last week. So I think we have to come together, find a way to get back to those old days when Brian Dawkins was here. Strike the fear in individuals or teams.
Coach Kelly, on the other hand, wasn’t quite as enthused about establishing a nastier attitude:
I mean, we could go get in a street fight, that’s not going to help us. There’s a certain you’re supposed to play this game between the whistles. And the stuff after the whistles is not what we’re looking for. And our players knew in that game and Bill was the same way. One of the reasons we wanted to participate against the Patriots is because 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.
Of course, there’s a happy medium between the two viewpoints, but still: What do you think, Eagles fans? Would you like to see the team embrace the style of Brian Dawkins? What are your hopes regarding the defense for this upcoming season? Share your opinions in the comments below.