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Cary Williams to keep focus on the field

4/30/2014

Cornerback Cary Williams was outspoken off the field and aggressive on the field in 2013, his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles.

This season, Williams is focusing much more on what transpires on the field.

“Last year I just had a lot of things going on, and some things were misinterpreted or whatever. But I've moved on. I'm done with that. It's a new year. It's a bright opportunity for us and this organization. I look forward to that,” Williams told CSNPhilly.com during a break in the team’s offseason workout program. “I don't think I'm going to change much, but I think I'll be (wiser) with what I have to say. I'll be a little bit (smarter) before I react and talk a lot more.”

Of course, Williams was queried about the controversial decision to release three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

“What I know about this league and about the NFL, it's a business,” Williams said. “We've got to handle our business, and if that's what Coach and the organization wanted to do, then me as a player, as an employee No. 26, I've got to respect that and go about my job and not complain about what's going on because that's not my job. My job isn't to handle front office decisions or make those things. Those guys are in place for that. Those guys get paid for that. I get paid to play in between white lines, and not to coach and not to be a front office guy.”

Even with the roster shakeup, Williams trusts coach Chip Kelly.

“I just think Chip is an honest guy,” Williams said. “He's a guy that's going to put it out there. He's not a guy that's going to shy away from anything. He's going to tell you how he feels. Even with those things that I said (last year), me and Chip had several discussions about it. He was upfront with me. I think a lot of guys understand his realness, his being able to be a players' coach, a guy that's willing to talk to you at any given moment. That's what you need in this league.

“I think everybody understands that, and we trust his decision-making because he hasn't done anything for us not to trust it. We believe in his system. We believe in what he said. We take those to heart, and we've seen the success we've got. The proof is basically in the pudding. Stand behind the head coach. Stand behind the organization, and you believe in that.”