Ron Costello

Thursday, September 25, 2014

No Flag From the NFL on Hit Man Baker

If practice is too hard...

Cary Williams says Coach Kelly's practices are too hard. They make him tired for game day.

So what did Williams do? He called a press conference. Who is Cary Williams to call a press conference about Eagles' practices?

You or me? Probably would have asked to see Coach and spoke with him man to man — or woman to man —  behind closed doors.

Who knows why Williams didn't do that, but he later met with Coach and then apologized to his teammates.

Working too hard in practice? Is that why the Eagles have come from behind in the second half of each of three games and are 3-0 — because they are in better shape than their opponents who have "nice practices."

Maybe he's not DeSean Williams, but Williams better learn how to conduct himself as a professional football player or he'll follow Jackson out the door. Coach Kelly doesn't harbor fools easily.

The games are harder

But Williams is the least of the  NFL's problems.

It's a league that tolerates brutality, and you wonder why NFL players are popping up in domestic dispute cases?

Tolerates brutality?

Take the brutal hit on Nick Foles by the Redskins Chris Baker on Sunday. And how did the Eagles respond? The Eagles' Jason Peters hauled off and punched Baker, for pulverizing Foles.

Now that's exactly how teachers tell children to handle situations — respond with violence. The NFL football field isn't a school playground, but Peters' punch could have cost the Eagles because Peters, an excellent defensive tackle, was tossed and missing in action late with the Birds fighting to win, no pun intended.

The NFL says Baker did no wrong and won't be fined or suspended. In fact, NFL executive vice president of football operations, Troy Vincent, said "Baker didn't do anything wrong with that hit."

Are you kidding me?

Anyone in their right mind watching the game or a video of Bakers' cheap-shot-hit can see that it was a brutal attempt to take the quarterback out and-or seriously injure him.

Or was it?

Here's the thing. Was Foles lollygagging too close to the play? He looked like an on-field observer —  then BAM, Baker hit him. On field observers don't lollygag on an NFL football field — you're either in the play, or you get yourself out of the way.

You can form your own opinion, but unacceptable violence like Baker's hit on Foles is not good for football or for the people who watch it.


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