FOXBOROUGH — Patriots coach Bill Belichick dismissed any talk about Eagles cornerback Cary Williams and his accusations that New England players were dirty in practice, which is why he picked a fight with rookie Aaron Dobson.
“We’ve moved on,” Belichick said.
Williams, who previously played for the Baltimore Ravens, was thrown out of a joint practice between the Patriots and Eagles, along with Dobson, for fighting during 11-on-11 drills.
“It was nothing like this [in Baltimore], I’ll tell you that,” Williams told reporters according to Philly.com. “Different organization, different team, different coach, different colors. I can’t expect this team to be the same as Baltimore was.
“Our philosophy was to stop the run, be stout up front, hit people in the mouth, be aggressive, throw the first punch. That was what we were always taught. In the case with the Patriots practice, I felt the same way. They came in here talking. They had a lot of jokes and kikis, and laughs, and a lot of dirty plays that were going on. There was a reason behind [why I got in a fight], a reason behind the madness, but at the end of the day I still have to do things the way coach wants me to do them, and I understand that, but it definitely would have been a different situation if it was in Baltimore. It wouldn’t have been a fun practice for the Patriots, I’ll tell you that.”
Belichick was uninterested in the comments. Asked about his thoughts on Williams initially, Belichick said he didn’t even see the fight. When asked about Williams’s specific charges of dirty play, the veteran coach was bit more frosty.
“We’ve moved on,” he said. “I mean, we’re coming up on Tampa [Friday’s opponent].