Williams gets lost in coverage…again

by - March 6, 2009 - Posted in Offseason

With all the uproar and attention given to the release of Terrell Owens, it’s easy to miss the other Dallas Cowboys release, namely safety Roy Williams. The move came after Dallas tried unsuccessfully to trade the 5 time Pro Bowler.

Williams started his Cowboys career with great promise, but coverage issues and the seeming inability to tackle any other way but by “horse collar”, a.k.a. the Roy Williams rule, proved to be his undoing in Dallas. It seems unbelievable that no other team would take a chance on him by giving up a seventh rounder for a former first round pick; however, it is possible interested teams were simply holding out for his inevitable release.

While the change of scenery is good for both sides, Williams is still young enough, at 28, to have a monster year somewhere else in a system more compatible with his strengths. A return to the 4-3 would greatly help his comeback.

It’s unfortunate the Cowboys were not able to trade that potential for some return value; however, the Cowboys will save around $2 MM in salary cap space for cutting ties with Williams.

14 Responses to Williams gets lost in coverage…again

Jeff

March 6th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

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Man, what a bummer. The Cowboys no longer lead the league in Roy Williamses. Now some other team will be tied with us in that category.

Luis

March 6th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

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The Cowboys were not dealing from a position of strength here. Not only were they attempting to deal a two-down player with severe limitations. But they were also dealing a player with a pretty hefty contract. Those two factors don't lead to very favorable trade scenarios.

Roy Williams is the perfect example of a player who dominated the college ranks on pure talent and effort on the field. And he continued his stellar play through his first couple of seasons in the NFL. But once the league found his weakness, he never was the same player again.

I'm sure that his agent will try to use the five Pro Bowls as a means to maximize Williams' contract. But it doesn't take an NFL insider to know that he got in the last few times based solely on name recognition.

For my money, drafting Roy Williams wasn't the mistake. The mistake was rewarding him with that ridiculous contract when everyone knew that it was not warranted. Admitting this other mistake is another step in the right direction for Jerry. Now let's see if he can avoid taking the two steps back.

Mike

March 6th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

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Agreed. This was Jerry swallowing his pride a bit. A part of me is disappointed they couldn't find a way to utilize his skills better. Certainly the man has well documented issues in coverage – but that can be said for many safeties. What Roy really needed was a solid strong safey to get his back – something Jerry never afforded him. I don't disagree that he may do very well for another team in a different system.

Luis

March 7th, 2009 at 12:05 am

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The best thing that ever happened to Roy Williams' NFL career was Darren Woodson. Just saying…

Jeff

March 7th, 2009 at 9:05 am

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You are all missing the big picture. I'll say it again…The Dallas Cowboys no longer lead the league in the number of Roy Williamses on their team!!! That's the only thing we could do well last season. Now that's taken away!!! Since we no longer lead in that statistic, we are going to have to improve in another area….as well as 50 other areas.

Mike

March 7th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

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damn, you're right – it had to be the one thing the boys led the league in. who else do we have that we could pick up? with names like flozell and romo and crayton i'm thinking it'll be tough to find another double.

MBurkett

March 8th, 2009 at 10:17 am

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Parcells/Phillips should have accounted for Roy's play when converting to/playing the 3-4 defense. I am not sure he would have made a good linebacker because of durabilty issues (see Dat) but, at least, move him closer to the line of scrimage or put him on the trading block before his obsolete SS defensive performance in the 3-4 became so obvious.

MBurkett

March 8th, 2009 at 11:57 am

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Maybe bring Roy back for camp with a re-structured contract for the 4-3 defensive packages he excells in.

Jeff

March 8th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

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Bill Parcells used to say that Roy Williams was a biscuit away from being a linebacker. Let's bring him back at a restructured contract that includes a year's supply of canned biscuits and let's try it out.

Luis

March 8th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

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Roy Williams would make a terrible linebacker in the 3-4. One of his biggest shortcomings is his inability to shed a block. That simply is not going to fly in a 3-4. And this is forgetting his lack of size. Maybe he'll be able to play linebacker in a 4-3, where the defensive line will help protect him from offensive linemen.

But I'd be very skeptical of his ability to play that position even in that system. Linebackers are generally the best tacklers in the game. And I think we can all agree that the other of Roy's major shortcomings is his inability to tackle properly. I'd love to see him try to shoulder-bump a running back at the line of scrimmage. That would be some high comedy to watch him fly back two yards and land on his arse.

MBurkett

March 8th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

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Parcells/Phillips should have accounted for Roy's play when converting to/playing the 3-4 defense. I am not sure he would have made a good linebacker because of durabilty issues (see Dat) but, at least, move him closer to the line of scrimage or put him on the trading block before his obsolete SS defensive performance in the 3-4 became so obvious.

MBurkett

March 8th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

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Maybe bring Roy back for camp with a re-structured contract for the 4-3 defensive packages he excells in.

Jeff

March 8th, 2009 at 6:12 pm

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Bill Parcells used to say that Roy Williams was a biscuit away from being a linebacker. Let's bring him back at a restructured contract that includes a year's supply of canned biscuits and let's try it out.

Luis

March 8th, 2009 at 7:00 pm

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Roy Williams would make a terrible linebacker in the 3-4. One of his biggest shortcomings is his inability to shed a block. That simply is not going to fly in a 3-4. And this is forgetting his lack of size. Maybe he'll be able to play linebacker in a 4-3, where the defensive line will help protect him from offensive linemen.

But I'd be very skeptical of his ability to play that position even in that system. Linebackers are generally the best tacklers in the game. And I think we can all agree that the other of Roy's major shortcomings is his inability to tackle properly. I'd love to see him try to shoulder-bump a running back at the line of scrimmage. That would be some high comedy to watch him fly back two yards and land on his arse.