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Celek: “That’s part of the sport…. He hits hard and I think that’s good”

Eagles tight end Brent Celek caught a pass by the goalline yesterday and linebacker Ernie Sims put his helmet in his back and knocked the wind out of him.  Celek took quite a while to get up and walked slowly to the sidelines.

Nearly every member of the offensive first-team either walked over to where Celek was laying down or later where he was standing to see that he was alright.  Celek wasn’t the first offensive player who has felt the pop from Sims’ helmet or shoulder pads during this training camp.  Some of the other hits have been delivered during drills that were thud sessions.

In thud sessions, a defensive player will just put a shoulder into the shoulder pads of their teammate when offensive player catches the football.  They’re always safe hits without the use of the helmet.

During the workout nobody was sure whether it was a “live” period or a thud session.  Many of the reporters thought it was a non-contact session, but I and a couple of other reporters caught with Celek and he had a different story about the hit.

“It’s football, that’s part of the sport,” Celek told us yesterday after practice.  “That’s part of the sport. You’ve got to play with nick and bruises. move on from there.”

When asked whether it’s part of the game, Celek replied, “Yeah, that’s part of the game.  I hope he does it to the opposing team every week.  He hits hard and I think that’s good.  I’m going get hit  like that in the game, so it’s going to be no different.”

After practice Sims explained the helmet to Celek’s back.

“It all started the play before,” Sims said. “Leonard Weaver came through the hole and he actually got across the goal line. [Defensive coordinator] Sean McDermott wasn’t happy about it, and he put a little fire in us. Next play, I took advantage of an opportunity and took a shot on Celek.

“It’s something that I’ve got to start toning down.”

Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott found himself in a tough position after the practice.  On one hand, he doesn’t want to have his defense jeopardizing the health of key offensive players, at the same time, he wants an aggressive football team.

“I want an attitude and Ernie is part of that attitude and aggressiveness,” McDermott said. “And from a defensive standpoint, when you’re not playing against your teammates, you don’t let them cross the goal line. But we have to keep in mind that these are our teammates and we have to learn how to take care of one another at the same time. But, I love Ernie’s aggressiveness.”

If I were Andy Reid, I would stop the “live” drills because it seems that some players are going all out in “live” drills but others are not.  In my experience, when players have tired legs and bodies, along with a lack of emotion intensity in “live” drills injuries happen.  If I were Reid I wouldn’t have any more “live” drills on this next to last day of training camp.


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Paul Mancini
Paul Mancini
August 17, 2010 8:30 am

I am fine with it as long as he hits and tackles the opponents like he hits his own teammates..
Now if he is missing tackles and hits versus opponents, then I will start worrying about it..
These guys are all big-boys and will be getting hit all season and need to get used to it. Getting the wind knocked out, your bell rung is all part of the game and anyone that has ever played knows it’s going to happen on almost every practice,contact drill and definitely come game time..

August 17, 2010 9:40 am

We need an intimidator on the defense. If Sims is the man, sounds great to me.

That type of enthusiasm and mentality is contageous, with BDawk gone we need to get a swagger back.

Paul Mancini
Paul Mancini
August 17, 2010 10:00 am

I still think SIms would make a great Strong Safety..
He will get eaten up by the O/Lineman of the Cowboys,Giants,etc,etc..

August 17, 2010 11:09 am

I am so Anit-Reid but I do agree with the Live Drills he is running. This is a young team that needs to get good FAST remember this is not called a rebuilding team. This is a team that is looking to compete now so what better way to get them prepared other than running live drills. I cannot worry about when I get into a car and think im going to crash. The same applies to the eagles they have to go hard and not worry about if someone gets an injury. Also we open up against the PACKERS a super tough team and if we dont prepare now we will me manhandled.

August 17, 2010 12:34 pm

yea man so what
thats like when u get together with ur buddies and play football
my best friend come over the middle he’s getting mangled
if getting hit is a problem be a punter kicker or coach and ev once in a while a kicker gets mangled
ie : sean taylor rip

August 17, 2010 12:38 pm

cmon g make us another comment box

August 17, 2010 12:53 pm

second the request…we want our comment box back

August 17, 2010 1:27 pm

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August 17, 2010 1:36 pm

Yeah G and what about the “reply” box so you can respond directly to a post rather than having to say @Paulman….

It’s easier to keep track of conversations that way. It was like that on your other site. You went bigtime without the bigtime features.

Paul Mancini
Paul Mancini
August 17, 2010 2:56 pm

I am trying to sign up as Team #3 in the Fantasy Leauge..
How Do I do..

jimmy mac
jimmy mac
August 17, 2010 7:14 pm

Sounds like Ernie might be the guy we been looking for.