Notes: A Chippy Start To Camp

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Another day, another dust-up here at Eagles training camp.

Today it was Jeremy Maclin and the normally mild-mannered Bradley Fletcher squaring off. The two were going head-to-head during team drills and started having words after the whistle. Next thing you know, punches were being  thrown and a big crowd gathered to separate the two.

Practice ended a short time later. Maclin exited the field without speaking to reporters. Fletcher didn’t offer much.

“We’re just playing ball,” he said. “Emotions got going and one thing led to another.”

Cary Williams, meanwhile, had plenty to say on the subject. He held court out on Lincoln Financial Field and was still speaking long after the rest of his teammates had gone into the locker room. He has a soft spot for this particular topic of conversation.

“I’m glad, to be honest with you,” said Williams of the fights at training camp this year. “You’re not supposed to be friendly. When you come out here to camp, it’s no friends, although you try to look out for your brother. But you’re fighting for jobs, you’re fighting for opportunities and when those situations arise, especially defenders, man, you want to let them know that we’re not having that, that we’re going to be the most physical defenders we possibly can. That’s been showing up these past two days. If it was up to me, I think that’s normal. I don’t think you’re supposed to go through camp without fights. That’s my opinion.”

Asked if he was surprised that there have been two fights so far at camp and he hasn’t been involved in any of them, Williams assured the gathered media that it was only a matter of time.

“Oh, mine’s coming,” he said with a smile.

On Sunday, it was LeSean McCoy and Trent Cole that were involved in some extra-curriculars.

“Their emotions got the better of them, and those things happen,” said Chip Kelly, who frowns on camp fights. “It’s no different than sometimes kids don’t get along very well and throw Tonka trucks at each other.”

Last year, it was Williams throwing his Tonka truck at Aaron Dobson of the Patriots during joint practices at NovaCare. Kelly made him sit the rest of the session out. The two teams will practice with one another once again leading up to their preseason game on August 15.

“I was just being in a  sense a rebellious cat because I saw some stuff going on and I just wanted to set the tone and let guys know that we are not supposed to get pushed around,” he said. “It’s going to be a different team when we go up there, a different type of us. Offensively and defensively, regardless of what’s going on, we’re going to try not to throw haymakers or fight because that’s the agreement. But in camp each and every day, we don’t have that type of agreement. Those frustrations are going to come out and you’re going to see more fights.”

Today was the first time the team practiced with pads on. They have the day off Tuesday before returning to the NovaCare on Wednesday.

Injury update

Bennie Logan (hamstring) did not practice for the second straight day. Riley Cooper and Chris Polk also sat out with undisclosed injuries. Both were in attendance and didn’t seem to be dealing with anything serious.

Military Appreciation

Today was the first of three open practices. Just under 15,000 fans were in attendance at Lincoln Financial Field. It was also Military Appreciation Day. About 60 of our service men and women were taken into the Eagles locker room before hand for a meet-and-greet with the players and coaches. Word is that Chip Kelly took a photograph with each and every one of them.

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  • Really cool that the Eagles do the military appreciation stuff, almost makes up for signing Chad Hall.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons


  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    sounds like the defensive players are maybe a little sick and tired of hearing Eagles are only going as far as kelly/shady/foles takes them. maybe it’s not a bad thing the D has a bit of an edge. long as shady and foles dont get hurt, cause, sorry D, it’s the truth

    • notice that the guys fighting are all locks to make the team? you’d think Roc Carmichelle or caseymatthews might want to throw a haymaker or two.

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        Fights have both started after tough tackles. Kinda rules out lowercasecasey.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        imagine if those two got into it somehow, no one would ever break it up

        • OldDuckMcDoc

          Ah, reminds me of that time Ryan Rau did his best to endear himself to us all by holding down Watkins and punching him in the back of the head until the offence “broke it up” by jumping on top of both of them.

      • MagatBrackendale

        Nah. Matthews might break a sweat and Roc would kick him into end zone. With the ball caught in his jersey somehow. TD!.

    • anon

      I think it’s a mentality that Cary (maybe others) are trying to bring to the defense. But agree — gotta be tired of hearing abut how bad you are as a unit.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        yeah, think we are both getting at the point ‘it’s on purpose’, maybe not the fighting, but chippyness of the D. they’ve only had 3 practices, not like you can chalk it up to overly physical or been banging on same guy for weeks. maybe Davis put on the ’13 film and the biggest hitter was friendly fire chung taking out his own guys. see if it really heats up, wanna see a DL go after Peters or Mathis.

  • Andy Six Score and Four

    What an awful picture of J-Mac. He should be fighting that photographer, not Fletcher.

    • Phils Goodman

      It’s a fantastic photograph, far surpassing the standards of generic sports photography. The site is much improved since they stopped using stock images.

  • furiousxgeorge

    “Oh, mine’s coming,” he said with a smile.”

    Better get ready, Dorenbos.

    • CHRIS – CB with dreads

      All the magic in the world can’t save you now.

      • Ben

        Dorenbos would actually manhandle Williams so what Dorenbos would really be telling Cary is that “all the sconces in the world cannot keep you safe”.

  • What’s a training camp without fights…I think that’s just par for the course.

    • MagatBrackendale

      It certainly used to be.

  • 370HSSV 0773H

    Maybe Nolan Carroll battling for a starting spot has lit a fire under Fletcher.

  • Chuck Dougherty

    From the look of the picture, j-mac lost the fight..

  • Ben

    I went to TC today and had a blast.
    Watched the Militairy appreciation show prior to the beginning of practice.
    After that I went to have a smoke and bumped into one of those soldiers.
    He told me he was from the National Guard 56th Stryker Brigade right here in PA.
    Not only was he a veteran, but a huge Eagles fan as well.
    He was really pumped about being able to have a catch on the field with Dorenbos.
    I really thank the Eagles for making that soldier smile from to ear to ear for the entire duration of practice. It made my day just hearing him talk about it.

  • Wiztopher

    Good to see some fire out there, in my eyes, fights r only bad if someone gets injured. I remember the defense days of Bdawk n Trot, those years there were def camp fights. Hopefully, that translates over to this defense. Chip has to expect this when he’s asking his players for a physical brand of football. It’s just testosterone and touchdowns at this point n the d is catching up to the o.

  • aub32

    Overcompensation much? I can’t wait until next year when all of Williams’ bluster is off of the team.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    In my eyes, growing up in Fishtown in the 80’s & early 90’s, there’s a big difference between a scuffle and a fight. Jawing at each other, pushing and shoving, maybe some grappling, etc that’s a scuffle that shows competitive emotion. Throwing hands is a street fight and has no place “amongst teammates” in professional sports and needs to be handled appropriately. I agree with the need to show emotion but Cary is completely off base here. This is football, not MMA or boxing. Maybe CW should consider a career change since he can’t cover for poo.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Is it me or is Mac starting to look like Barry Bonds post “clear & cream”?