Cary Williams critical of Chip Kelly’s practice routine after 3-0 start

Cary-Williams-EaglesMost people would look at the Philadelphia Eagles, see that they are off to a 3-0 start and tell Chip Kelly to keep doing whatever it is he has been doing this season. Cary Williams isn’t most people, which is why the Eagles corner found a way to complain after his team beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Williams, who may have been salty after DeSean Jackson torched him for an 81-yard touchdown and then taunted the home crowd, told reporters that he wasn’t completely healthy during the week and that Kelly’s rigorous practice schedule caught up to him on Sunday.

“I’m going to be honest with you: It didn’t matter if we had a short week or a long week, it’s been the same,” Williams said, per NJ.com’s Matt Lombardo. “Something needs to change for us to be more productive. It’s tough enough to go out there and play hard for 60 minutes, let alone having to fight through the week. When you don’t have legs, period, it shows up in the game. Period. Throughout the game. Period.”

When asked to be more specific, Williams basically complained that Kelly is making the team practice too much.

“I’m saying [practicing every day] impacted a lot of people,” he added. “A lot of people, but I’m just the only one man enough to get up here and say anything about it, talk to ya’ll as a man and discuss an issue that, obviously, in my opinion, is an issue in our starts [to games].

“But again, I’m just employee 26, and whatever they deem necessary to get us ready for Sunday is whatever it is. If we have to find energy from outside sources to start games quick, then we’ve got to do it. But right now, the way we’re doing it, it’s not conducive to success.”

Again, the Eagles are 3-0. In the National Football League, that is the definition of success. Kelly addressed Williams’ remarks during a chat with Angelo Cataldi on the 94WIP Morning Show on Monday.

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Chip Kelly had ‘zero’ issues with DeSean Jackson, cut him because of his size

DeSean-JacksonIt seems fairly obvious at this point that Chip Kelly and DeSean Jackson did not get along when the star wide receiver was still a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. One of the last reports we heard about Jackson’s time in Philly indicated that he threw temper tantrums and cussed out Kelly on several occasions. Kelly is still denying all of that.

In anticipation of the Washington Redskins visiting the Eagles on Sunday, Kelly was asked this week what type of concerns he had over Jackson’s character off the field.

“Zero,” the head coach responded, per Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

While that answer should not surprise anyone, the reason Kelly gave for the Eagles releasing Jackson will probably make you laugh.

“Yeah, just trying to build the overall team in terms of what we’re looking for offensively and how we wanted to get bigger at the wideout spot and that’s what we did,” he said.

Riiiiight. Does Kelly think we have all forgotten that Jackson posted career highs across the board last season? In Kelly’s first year as the head coach in Philly, Jackson hauled in 82 passes for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns. His physical makeup looked perfectly fine for what the Eagles were trying to accomplish, if you ask me.

We realize Kelly isn’t going to stir the pot by admitting he had problems with DeSean, but he could have hinted that Jackson’s release had to do with salary cap management or something. No one is going to buy the size excuse.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Did Chip Kelly discipline Cary Williams after he called Patriots ‘cheaters?’

Cary-Williams-EaglesPhiladelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams does not like the New England Patriots. When New England and Philadelphia got together for a joint practice last year, Williams was sent to the showers early for fighting. On Friday, the sixth-year veteran was asked about his team’s upcoming practice with the Pats later this month.

“They are cheaters,” Williams said, per CSNPhilly.com’s Geoff Mosher. “They are.”

Williams’ point was that joint practices give opponents a chance to study your playbook. He is especially reluctant to practice with the Patriots, who were infamously caught videotaping opponents’ defensive signals in 2007.

“To me it’s not benefiting us because they’ve already proven who they are (from Spygate), that’s their history,” Williams added. “And I don’t like them, not only because of that, but because I just don’t like them. I played them three of four times in a row [in the playoffs].”

One day after making the comments about New England, Williams was absent from Eagles practice. When asked why he missed Saturday’s session, he claimed Chip Kelly gave him the day off because of “soreness.”

“I’ll be back out there as soon as I can,” Williams said. “Chip understands that I work hard, I try to do everything within the system. Today, he just gave me a day off. It’s not a big deal. [I]t had nothing to do with (the Spygate comments). I haven’t even discussed anything with Chip. I don’t think he’s trying any type of … I’m sure maybe we’ll have a conversation, but I don’t know.”

That didn’t sound too convincing. Not only is Kelly friends with Bill Belichick, but he doesn’t need his team creating distractions after dealing with the whole Riley Cooper incident last summer and the DeSean Jackson drama at the start of the offseason. My guess is Williams was given the day off as a warning.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Chip Kelly using remote control car for loophole in offseason rules

Chip KellyChip Kelly is a new-era coach with new-era methods. His incredibly fast-paced offense is one example of that, as is Kelly’s method for skirting NFL rules during offseason workouts.

During “Phase One” of OTAs, only full-time strength and conditioning coaches are allowed to be present for team workouts. Head coaches and assistant coaches aren’t allowed on the field until “Phase Two,” but Kelly has found a way to be there without being there. He uses a remote control car.

Last week, seventh-round draft pick Beau Allen revealed that Kelly first introduced himself to him via a toy car.

“I was sitting and waiting to go in and meet with [Howie Roseman] and all the front office guys, and Coach Kelly was driving around a little remote control car — they use it out on the field because they can’t do motions — and he drove it right into me and was like, ‘Oh, hey Beau, how are you doing?’” Allen explained, per Tim McManus of Philadelphia Magazine. “And I was like, ‘Hey, Coach.’”

Kelly uses the remote control car to simulate an offensive back in motion so he and his coaches can study defensive players and see how they react. He’s not actually present at practice or workouts, but he’s getting all the information he needs by using technology. Slick moves, Chip.

H/T Around the League

Report: DeSean Jackson threw temper tantrums, cussed out Chip Kelly

DeSean JacksonWhile DeSean Jackson tries to rehab his image by doing interviews denying gang ties, the stories about his poor behavior with the Philadelphia Eagles continue to emerge.

On Friday, CBS Philadelphia reported that Jackson was a selfish, bad teammate on the Eagles and that he treated head coach Chip Kelly poorly.

Here are some of the things Joseph Santoliquito writes in his report:

Jackson was not very well liked by his teammates, was blatantly insubordinate, with temper tantrums cussing out Kelly several times in front of the team, pushed the NFL rookie coach the way “a child would test boundaries,” and was more concerned with his rap label than he was about winning football games.

A source told CBS Philadelphia that Jackson was a me-first guy with a bad attitude, which isn’t exactly new. The source also says teammates were happy to see Jackson go.

Jackson supposedly did not have the same respect for Kelly that he had for Andy Reid, possibly because Kelly came from college and did not have previous NFL credentials.

Seriously, does anything from this story surprise you? It’s the exact same stuff we’ve been hearing about Jackson for years. And you could probably say the same thing for many other diva wide receivers throughout history.

Despite how good they may be as players, there’s only so long you can put up with a guy who’s a problem in the locker room. Few will deny how talented or productive guys like Jackson are, but you have to ask the question: is putting up with him worth it? For the Eagles, the answer was no.

Chip Kelly RSVP’s no to fans’ wedding because of the NFL Draft and all

Chip Kelly EaglesInviting your favorite player or coach to your wedding has become such a popular fad that the recipients of the invitations almost have to respond if they don’t want to look like jerks. People like Peyton Manning and Robert Griffin III have responded to wedding invites with autographs, so we know it’s not impossible. Chip Kelly is the latest to have to respectfully decline.

Some Philadelphia Eagles fans recently sent Kelly a football-themed invitation to their May 10th wedding. The coach had a pretty decent excuse for why he won’t be able to make it.

Kudos to Kelly for responding before the April 12th deadline. The happy couple, Thomas Froschle and Maryanne Goslee, seem to have quite the obsession with the Eagles.

“The tables are all decorated as Eagles players, and we’re also setting up a Chip Kelly table,” Goslee told the Eagles’ official website. “We’re coming out to the Eagles fight song too, so it’s getting pretty intense.”

I’d be shocked if “Silver Linings Playbook” isn’t their favorite movie.

H/T Eye on Football

Rapper Wale takes shot at Chip Kelly while hanging with DeSean Jackson


DeSean Jackson visited the Washington Redskins on Monday, and there are many who believe he will not leave without a contract. On Monday night, Tim McManus of Philly Magazine reported that a source close to Jackson said the 27-year-old signing with the Redskins is a “done deal.”

The photo you see above shows Jackson hanging out with rapper Wale, who is a known Redskins fan and good friend of Robert Griffin III, as well as Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall and wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Wale took a shot at Chip Kelly with the caption he included.

“I was on my hippy schwag dear Chip Kelly this is a peace sign,” he wrote.

Wale is of course making light of a recent report that links Jackson to gang members. Last year, Jackson threw up a set on Hall during a game and flashed the same sign in a photo he posted on social media. Or, if you ask Wale, it was simply a peace symbol.

In any event, all signs point to DeSean signing with Washington. He seemed to be having a great time with his potential teammates on Monday and reportedly met with RG3 in Los Angeles before flying to the nation’s capital.