Eagles cornerback Cary Williams made no secret that he didn’t look forward to working with the Patriots in joint practices this week, saying that the Patriots are “cheaters.” Given the opportunity to respond, Patriots coach Bill Belichick declined to take the bait.
Asked if he has any opinion of Williams, Belichick quickly brushed off the question.
“You should talk to him about it,” Belichick said.
But Belichick did say that he views the opportunity for his team to practice with the Eagles as a positive. The two teams practiced together last year as well, and Belichick said he and Eagles coach Chip Kelly both felt good about what they got out of it.
“[This] week will be a good opportunity for our team to play against the Eagles and the offense and defense and schemes that they run and players they have. It’ll be a good opportunity, but we need two good days here. We had one yesterday, so hopefully we can string a couple together,” Belichick said. “I don’t want to speak for Chip, but I think that we both felt that it was productive last year, and we’ve decided not to make many changes.”
So Belichick expects a good week of work with another team, even if one player on that other team doesn’t respect the way the Patriots work.