Following Philadelphia’s 37-34 win over the Washington Redskins, Birds cornerback Cary Williams was not about to hop on the S.S. Chip Kelly and sing the team’s praises.
For the third straight week, the Eagles fell behind by double-digits and had to dig out of a first-half hole. After Sunday’s game, Williams vented about the culprit of the team’s slow starts…their intense practice habits:
“A lot of guys had no legs. A lot of guys coming in here were in a dogfight before the game even started. We’ve got to start taking care of our guys throughout the week in order for us to be productive and have more energy on Sundays,” said Williams.
“I think it negatively impacted a lot of people, and I’m not the only person. I’m just one that is man enough to stand up here and talk to y’all and address the issue that’s obviously in my opinion an issue in our starts. But again, I’m just employee 26. Whatever they deem necessary for us to be ready on Sundays is whatever it is, if we’ve got to find energy from outside source or whatever it may be to start games quick, then we’ve got to do it. But right now the way we’re doing it is not conducive to success.”
Williams, who was recovering from a hamstring injury last week, brings up some intriguing points. Evidently, other teammates are expressing similar concerns privately.
Clearly, it’s not an accident that the Eagles keep starting at a slow pace. Jacksonville, Indianapolis, and Washington all looked fresher and more prepared to start the game in the first half.
The only hole in the logic regards Philadelphia’s ability to recover and win the first three games rather struggle to overcome their first half problems.
According to Kelly, the goal of his training methods is to build a team for the long-haul that excels late in games, rather than failing. Based on the early results, it seems that Kelly’s way of doing business is successful – even at a cost.
However, if the Eagles falter come December and January again, the complaints of Williams will perhaps hold more water.