Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Eagles 'knocked off high horse' by Vikes
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles cornerback Cary Williams was too upset to talk to reporters after Sunday’s 48-30 loss in Minnesota. On Tuesday, Williams was still frustrated by the team’s performance.
“It definitely knocked us off our high horse,” Williams said. “We thought we were going to be able to just go into Minnesota and win, those guys were going to lay down. It’s something that was bittersweet. It was sad that we lost, the bitter part, but it was sweet that we lost at the end of the day because it helped humble us.
“We didn’t want to go into this week thinking that we were invincible. It’s great that they were able to knock us off. We learned from the experience. We’re going to get better.”
Williams was benched by defensive coordinator Bill Davis after he was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the fourth quarter. The Eagles lost their composure as well as the game.
“Multiple people lost their composure,” Davis said. “I wasn’t the most composed up in the box, either. It was starting to unravel. All of us had a lesson to learn there. Adversity hits, you’ve got to be able to overcome adversity and handle it. I think we all learned we have to do better. We gave up 21 points in the fourth quarter and we shouldn’t have.”
Williams said he had a “productive meeting with Davis and that’s all I’m going to say. I made my mistakes and it is what it is. I’m a man who can admit I made a mistake and move on. It’s part of the game. It’s life, you’ve got to deal with it.”
Emotion is a big part of Williams’ game, sometimes to his detriment. He has a history of losing his temper in games, including an episode in the Super Bowl last year where he pushed an official.
But that emotional approach also helped shape this Eagles defense as it evolved from a 52-20 blowout loss in Denver on Sept. 29 to a streak in which it didn’t allow more than 21 points for nine consecutive games.
That’s what made Sunday’s collapse so frustrating, for Williams and others. The Eagles were facing a 3-9-1 Minnesota team without Adrian Peterson.
“We won five games in a row,” Williams said. “There’s a chance we were feeling good about ourselves, feeling positive about ourselves. They knocked us off, that’s just how we feel. It was good that they knocked us off. We don’t feel overconfident. We can’t feel overconfident in these situations. I’m glad we lost. We needed to get knocked off so we can re-evaluate what we’ve got going on here.”
There isn’t much time to recover. The Eagles’ banged-up secondary will have to deal with a very talented Chicago offense, then finish the season with a must-win game in Dallas.
“Those guys are bigger, those guys are stronger than most,” Williams said of Chicago receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. “They bring a different element to the game.”