The Philadelphia Eagles‘ defense has improved over the past few games. They are stopping the run and playing physical football. One thing I noticed during the game was infuriating though. Cary Williams is turning into the next Nnamdi Asomugha. He is the king of soft coverage and he spent all afternoon chasing receivers from five yards away. More than once, it looked like Williams didn’t want to be on the field.
Asomugha took a year to steal his paycheque and refuse to play the press coverage that was his trademark. He got burnt every game and this lack of skills ended up in the lack of a job. Williams looks like he has attended the Asomugha school of corners.
We knew at the beginning of the season that Williams and Bradley Fletcher were not Pro Bowl players. They were serviceable replacements to the wasted times of Asomugha and Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie. They were signs of the new Howie Roseman ideals, signings more about character and ceiling than pedigree. So far, Fletcher has played up with some solid performances. Williams has been nothing more than empty words, talk of “attitude” and a few opportunistic plays.
The Eagles’ corners let a third-string quarterback run a depleted offense up and down the field. If Scott Tolzien made fewer mistakes, the game could have easily been a loss. Bending but not breaking is fine if you can get wins but, against better teams, it is a lethal strategy. If they Eagles are hoping for a playoff chance, they will need to lock things down and end the soft coverage. More than once, Williams stopped short of making a tackle and waited for the receiver coming towards him. Where is the attitude that he talks during the week? He should watch tape of DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks and learn what it means to hit someone.