If Cary Williams keep playing like that, he can talk all he wants. Williams had himself a game on Monday Night. The Philadelphia Eagle cornerback finished with a sack, an interception, two passes defended and a tackle for loss. The interception in particular was a thing of beauty, where Williams stopped at the sticks and stretched out to pick off Robert Griffin III in what was a huge turnover that gave the ball back to the offense.
People questioned Williams’ antics throughout the offseason and wondered if he was a fit in Philadelphia. I would say he silenced his critics on this night. He not only shut down his man in coverage, but gave the ball back to an offense that was explosive all night long.
The defense as a whole really surprised people. It had been scrutinized throughout the offseason as being the weak link of the team with a noted lack of playmakers. Not on this night. The Eagles finished with two interceptions, three sacks, a forced fumble and a safety.
While it is true that Griffin III was rusty throughout much of the game, the Washington Redskins quarterback was still on his back for much of the night, and forced into quick decisions and errors thanks to the pressure from the front seven.
Williams said he wanted to bring some “nasty” back to the Eagles’ defense. On this night, he brought that and more. He set the tone in many ways for the aggressive nature the defense played with. Hats should also go off to defensive coordinator Billy Davis for calling a great game. On this night, the nasty was brought back to the Eagles’ defense.