Philadelphia Eagles have had one of their best starts to an NFL season for some time, but despite this early success, all is not well with the NFC East division leaders.
Head coach Chip Kelly has proven himself to be somewhat of a visionary coach since he took the Eagles job in 2013. An impressive debut campaign in charge saw Philadelphia win the NFC East last season, but it has been revealed that Kelly’s unusual methods are wearing thin on his players.
On Sunday, Philadelphia beat out division rivals Washington Redskins in a classic rivalry game battle. The 37-34 comeback win mirrored their first two games of the season in which they came from behind against both Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts.
Asked why Philadelphia have struggled early during games so far in 2014, star cornerback Cary Williams had a frank and honest answer for reporters that reveals a deeper frustration within the Eagles camp.
"I'm burnt out. I'm not the only guy that feels burnt out," Williams explained on Sunday. "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. We are starting slow because we’re not getting looked after. If that was happening, I think we’d start quicker.”
You have to place these comments in perspective; they are coming from Cary Williams. The Eagles cornerback is one of the biggest talkers in the NFL and he loves a bit of controversy.
During training camp this summer, he admitted that he wanted fights to break out during sessions because he thought it would be a great example of how much his teammates care about winning.
But this time his comments have gone beyond healthy debate and competition. Williams has gone overboard with his remarks this time and they will surely make Chip Kelly angry. If he truly is ‘speaking for his teammates’ then this is a terrible situation for both Kelly and the Eagles. It could easily blow over, but it could as easily be the first comments that break the back of the good work Kelly has been doing in Philadelphia. Only time will tell.