Cary Williams got into a scuffle with Riley Cooper at practice on Wednesday. Cary Williams is well-known for getting into predicaments with opponents during games. He even got into it with Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin last season when the Ravens played the Eagles. Most notably, Williams got into a brouhaha during the Super Bowl with the 49ers offense. Williams lost his temper and even shoved a referee. Cary Williams also got into a dramatic altercation with Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson during the Eagles-Patriots joint practice in training camp. Cary said the following after the fight with Dobson, “They came in there talking. They had a lot of jokes, and (he-hes) and laughs, a lot of dirty plays that were going on. So there was a reason behind what I did, there was a reason behind the madness.”
I like that Cary Williams chose to defend his team, but he needs to handle it differently and take a different approach to sending a message. He needs to prove his toughness on the field. Picking a fight with a player after the whistle isn’t the proper way to send a message. Making a tough, physical play on the field is how it should be done. Cary Williams had plenty of opportunities to make a physical play and show his toughness during the pre-season. Instead, the play of his that sticks out to me most from the pre-season? When Steve Smith stiff-armed Williams in the face to push for a first down.
It’s great that Cary Williams is adding some much needed fire and aggression to this defense. But true toughness isn’t jawing with an opponent after the whistle. True toughness isn’t getting into a fight with a teammate at practice.
True toughness is handling the situation respectably. Using that anger and frustration to motivate himself and his teammates to make a statement on the field is true toughness.
Cary Williams is a Super Bowl winning cornerback. The immature quarrels must stop. Williams needs to display his toughness on the gridiron. The Eagles need a cornerback to step up this season. Cary Williams needs to be that guy.