FOXBORO -- When Eagles corner Cary Williams and Patriots coach Bill Belichick met on the Gillette Stadium turf following New England's 42-35 win over Philadelphia, it was an encounter that would have been deemed unlikely a week ago. At that point, Williams was fresh off of a pair of interviews in which he called the Patriots "cheaters" in one, and then stood by those comments in another.
But Williams said he and Belichick had a pleasant back-and-forth following Friday night's game thanks in part to the fact that Williams said he said he respected the Patriots organization after Tuesday's joint practice.
"It was just mutual respect between two guys," Williams said. "Coach Belichick respected me and I respected him. I respect the organization and I told him I was sorry for the words that I said. That was just pure emotion, and sometimes you say things that you don't really think about. That was a situation where, playing these guys in the playoffs [as a member of the Ravens], you kind of develop a hate for them and you try to use anything to get your mind going and get going. In that situation I could have chosen my words a little bit wiser. But it is mutual respect for the organization and him as a GM and head coach. He just said there were no hard feelings and he appreciated the comments I made this week. It was just two guys respecting each other and understanding there is some history there. It is not necessarily bad blood but the spirit of competition. I said some things that I wish I could take back."
Williams' game action Friday was short-lived but eventful. He picked off Tom Brady in the first quarter and took the interception back 77 yards for a touchdown. During the play, however, he suffered a hamstring injury.
"I was just trying to play Brady," he said. "I saw he was coming up from a three-step drop and trying to get it to the tight end. The tight end wasn't looking and I played it."