Sunday, December 21, 2014

Chip: Nothing to see here, move along

Eagles coach Chip Kelly downplayed yesterday's practice fracas between Cary Williams and Riley Cooper. He said it had nothing to do with Cooper's earlier controversy.

Chip: Nothing to see here, move along

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Eagles coach Chip Kelly met with reporters Friday and seemed to take Thursday's practice fireworks in stride. Kelly said he felt there was no connection between corner Cary Williams' scuffle with wideout Riley Cooper and the controversy that erupted July 31, when a video surfaced of Cooper using the "n-word" at a Kenny Chesney concert.

"We went right back to a team period, right after that. Both of those guys went right back and played. Matter of fact, Mike (Vick) threw the ball deep to Riley on the first play of team period, and Cary was covering him. No followup, whatsoever."

Williams was benched during a practice against the Patriots after tangling with wideout Aaron Dobson, but Kelly said yesterday that was only because he and New England coach Bill Belichick agreed going into the joint practices that combatants would be removed. Belichick also sat Dobson.

Williams has a lengthy confrontation history. Kelly acknowledged he has talked to the corner about "playing with emotion, not letting emotion play with you."

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"Hopefully he understand the ramifications and what it is, it's a team game," Kelly said. Vick seemed upset after Thursday's practice that such a squabble would take the focus off preparing for the Redskins Monday night.

Kelly said he did not hear what Williams said to Cooper. The Inquirer reported that an anonymous Eagle said Williams kept telling Cooper, "I'm not a (n-word) you mess with."

"We've got music blaring ... I didn't hear anything," Kelly said.

Kelly said he did not feel he needed to talk to Williams about what he was reported to have said.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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