There was a fight at practice today. Normally this would be no big deal. But this altercation involved Riley Cooper and Cary Williams.
Any scuffle involving Cooper is news. After his summer concert idiocy, Cooper became a marked man in a sense. If a DB fights with him, you immediately wonder what was said or done. I don’t question Cooper. I think he knows one wrong word would end his NFL career. I wonder what the other guy said.
When you fight with someone, you want to get under their skin. You say angry things, hoping to really piss off the other guy. It doesn’t take much to know what would set Cooper off. You could talk about his failure to hit curveballs, the fact that college roomie Timothy J Tebow got cut…or maybe the concert incident. Hmm. Which one would really bother Cooper?
Jeff McLane has some details on the fight, which was not your typical case of 2 guys playing grab-ass and praying for teammates to hurry up and break the scuffle up. This sounds like a real fight that involved real anger.
The altercation began after the two were matched up in one-on-ones. Williams defended a pass and rolled on Cooper, who got up and went after the cornerback.They went right at each other and Williams threw a few punches and grabbed onto Cooper’s facemask. They were clenched together for several moments until cornerback Brandon Boykin was the first to step in, along with assistant defensive backs coach Todd Lyght, and briefly broke up the fight.
Williams threw his helmet to the ground and went back after Cooper, though, and that’s when Vick jumped in. Williams said something to Vick as he walked away and Vick had to be held back, as well.
Cooper is a feisty player. Williams is a DB that will fight anyone. Last September he had words with multiple Eagles players during the game. He got away with shoving an official in the Super Bowl. To call Williams a hot-head is like calling the sun warm.
The good news in all of this is that Mike Vick played peacemaker. He is still very respected by all his teammates. Him supporting Cooper and trying to play peacemaker shows that Vick is okay with his receiver and truly willing to make the best of the situation.
Let’s hope this was just a one-time incident between 2 players who don’t like to back down.
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I know many of you want this to happen. It would make a lot of sense. We do know that Howie Roseman is an active, aggressive GM. Byrd does know Chip Kelly a bit from Oregon.
Geoff “the dreamkiller” Mosher explains why the deal isn’t likely to happen. I’m glad he was here to kill your dreams so that I didn’t have to be that person.
Whether Byrd comes to the Eagles or not, it will be interesting to follow the situation and see how it plays out. The team needs a Safety now and will still need help come next March. Byrd could be a target then or could help make some other player available to the Eagles.