The last time Eagles cornerback Cary Williams was talking about building a foundation, it had to do with the house he was building this offseason while staying away from the team’s voluntary workouts.
Williams is at work with the rest of the Eagles now, though, and he’s turned his attention to alterations that are needed on defense. First and foremost, Williams wants to help bring an increased sense of nastiness to a unit that didn’t perform well in its preseason opener against the Patriots.
“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,” Williams said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “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.”
Williams brought a little nastiness with him to last week’s joint practices with the Patriots and was kicked out of one session after fighting with rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson, which was an agreement that Eagles coach Chip Kelly and Patriots coach Bill Belichick made before practices began because, per Kelly, they practice like they play and players who fight get kicked out of games.
Williams said that he did it because he felt the Patriots were playing dirty and that things would have been handled differently when he was with the Ravens, but it seems he’ll need to find another way to import that nastiness to Philadelphia.