The Philadelphia Eagles are mulling wearing their kelly green throwback jerseys several times during the 2014 NFL season.
The Philadelphia Eagles are mulling wearing their kelly green throwback jerseys during the 2014 NFL season.
"Eagles president Don Smolenski got the whole area buzzing when he talked on 94WIP Radio this morning about the possibility of kelly green uniforms.
"The bottom line, though, is that these would be alternate unis, worn a few times a year, and right now NFL rules make even that switch impractical.
"You might recall that the Eagles wore kelly green in their 2010 opener, a loss to the Green Bay Packers in which quarterback Kevin Kolb was concussed and fullback Leonard Weaver suffered a career-ending knee/leg injury, not unlike what happened to the NBA's Paul George last week. We haven't seen the Bednarik-era green since.
"Turns out, the Eagles might like for us to see it, but the league has put in a rule that says you have to wear the same helmet, regardless of what you do with the rest of the uniform. So right now, if the Eagles dressed in kelly green, they'd have to do so with midnight green helmets, which would look silly.
"The rule has to do with concussion protection, making sure the fit is right and helmets are thoroughly vetted in practice and so on before they're won in games. Of course, it would be possible to do this with any color helmet, but right now, that's the rule. So it would have to be changed for kelly green to happen, Eagle sources say.
"The time the current Eagles did wear kelly green, the equipment staff double-checked the fit with every player, even though the helmets were ordered at the same custom specs as the usual helmts, AND the Birds practiced all week in them, to make sure. That was before the 'same helmet' rule.
"There is another hangup having to do with the black jerseys the Eagles currently designate as their alternates. Once you designate something, you have to use it for five years. The team is trying to figure out when it last renewed the black jersey designation.
"But there is a chance down the road for kelly green uniforms, a few times a year, at least."
In another development, Eagles cornerback Cary Williams says the New England Patriots are "cheaters" for allegedly filming defensive signals from the New York Jets in 2007, more infamously known as the "Spygate Scandal," according to ESPN:
"Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams said Tuesday he stands by his opinion that the New England Patriots are 'cheaters' and said he isn't afraid he will be targeted for retribution by New England when the team holds joint practices next week.
"Williams first made his opinion on the Patriots known last week, saying 'they are cheaters' because of the 2007 Spygate scandal in which the team was punished for filming New York Jets coaches' defensive signals during a September game. The Patriots were subsequently stripped of a first-round draft pick and fined $250,000 by commissioner Roger Goodell, while Patriots coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000.
"I give them all the credit in the world, but one fact remains: They haven't won a Super Bowl since they got caught,' Williams said last week."
Williams stood by his comments in an Aug. 6 interview with Martin Frank of The News Journal:
"Did I say the wrong thing? No,' I stand firm on what my beliefs are, and that's just that. I didn't tell a lie. At the end of the day, that did happen. It's in the history books. As far as I'm concerned, I made a comment about it and that's that."
Williams remain unfazed if he will be the target of Patriots' ire when they square off against the Eagles in several joint practices next week before their preseason game on Aug. 15, per Frank:
"I don't care. That's the whole point. I don't care if they come after me or not. That doesn't scare me. My mentality is I've never been a punk, never been a sissy, never been a guy that's going to be a scared guy. I don't play this game in fear at all. I don't fear no man. As far as I'm concerned, you put your pants on as well as I put my pants on. We're going to man up when we get there."
The 29-year-old Williams is entering his seventh NFL season. He has amasssed 246 tackles, 2.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and seven interceptions in 70 career regular-season games, per ESPN stats.