Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams criticized head coach Chip Kelly’s intense practice regimen despite the team’s 37-34 Week 3 win over the Washington Redskins. The 29-year-old claimed that Kelly worked his players too hard in the days leading up to the divisional matchup.
“I was just trying to conserve as much energy during the week so I can be effective as I can be on Sundays,” Williams said, according to NJ.com. “It was just such a dogfight. It didn’t help that I wasn’t healthy through the week and it didn’t help that I had a dogfight before the week and then I had a dogfight during the game. It’s just tough, man. We have to start taking care of our guys, taking care of our players, doing the right thing from there.”
Redskins wide receiver and ex-Eagles star DeSean Jackson burned Williams for an 81-yard touchdown in the third quarter. During the post-game press conference, Williams seemed upset that Kelly made the Eagles practice on Tuesday, despite the fact that they played the night before against the Indianapolis Colts.
"I'm burnt out. Burnt out. I'm not the only guy that feels burnt out," Williams said, according to CSN Philly. "I'm just a guy that's man enough to stand up for players and just say that we're burnt out. My legs hurt. My legs were done in the fourth quarter. My legs were done in the third quarter. My legs were done before the game started."
Kelly addressed Williams’ comments during a Monday morning appearance on Philadelphia’s 94WIP Morning Show. “I’ll talk to Cary,” the Eagles coach said. “We’ll sit down tomorrow. Today is an off day for our guys, so hopefully they’re resting up and then we’ll visit tomorrow.”
An injury prevented Williams from fully participating in practice ahead of Sunday’s game, Kelly added. “Cary actually didn’t really practice last week,” he said. “So he was limited – he missed Wednesday and Thursday, just did some light things on Wednesday and Thursday and then Friday is obviously a walkthrough for us. So we monitor all of our players on an individual basis and then kind of what they can do and can’t do. So, we’re practicing the same way we’ve always practiced.”