Cornerback Cary Williams says the Philadelphia Eagles still have a “nasty taste” in their mouth for the way they lost 26-24 to New Orleans in the wild-card round.
“The way we went out last year, it wasn’t necessarily something we could be proud of. …Every season, every team wants to focus on winning the Super Bowl,” Williams said, via ESPN.com. “When you fall short like that, it leaves a nasty taste in your mouth. So I think everyone that’s here is hungry. I think everybody that’s here is motivated. Everybody here wants to win.”
Williams drew a horse-collar penalty late in the game when he took Darren Sproles down while covering a kickoff. He was fined $15,750 for the tackle.
“Even myself, getting that horse collar,” Williams said, “I felt I could have made a better tackle than that. There were times I felt I could have stopped a running back in a tackle. I ended up letting a guy drag me along instead of taking out his legs. There were some plays that left a bad taste in my mouth. There are several guys out here who feel the same way.”
The Eagles had a pretty good 2013 season under new head coach Chip Kelly. But winning the NFC East and making the postseason won’t be good enough for the Eagles in 2014.
“I just think that everybody’s hungry,” Williams said. “We left a bad taste in our mouths last year losing at home. We lost a lot of games at home. Those are things that we want to right this season. It starts here in OTAs. We’ve got to continue to work. We’ve got to take every opportunity as an opportunity to better yourself, individually. It’s about camaraderie, about building that trust in your teammates. Once we get that down, we can have a pretty good season.”