Apparently, Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams is not feeling very comfortable in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense. How do I know this? Well, Greg Ellis was on Sirius Radio today (If you don’t have Sirius, you should for the NFL talk radio) and he exposed Williams’ concerns live in an interview. Ellis said Williams talked to him at mini-camp in San Antonio.
“He said, ‘I don’t fit in well with this defense at all,’” “So when he told me that, I was like, ‘Well, man, it’s still new. Get used to it and it’ll probably be fine for you.’” And obviously I think it came to be true. Just like he said, he doesn’t fit what’s going on here in Dallas right now.”
“Now maybe this year, if they decide to keep him for this season, Wade and them will kind of adjust some things to fit him better.”
I’m not the only one who caught the interview and blogged about it. Check here and here. I wonder of Williams was confiding in him and didn’t want this made public. But now that it is, I think it really shows how fearful Williams is for his job. However, I don’t think he can blame it on the defensive scheme. His play has declined each year over a three-year span. His cover skills are so bad that there isn’t a defense in the league that could save him. I’m not sure what will save Williams’ career in Dallas right now.
Ellis, who has had his fair share of whine-fests in blue and silver, wasn’t trying to throw Williams under the bus. He also protected the Pro Bowl safety.
“As a teammate, I feel bad that people are saying Dallas needs to do something to Roy,” Ellis said. “Is some of this stuff getting back to Roy? I don’t know. My job is to defend him. I want Roy on this team. I know he wants to be on this team.”
Earlier, Williams was quoted as saying he has at times wished that quarterbacks would not throw his way in one-on-one coverage, something you never want to hear a guy in the secondary say. But there is something else that Ellis pointed out that is odd about Williams lately. He’s working out alone.
“I hate the fact he’s isolated himself from the team,” Ellis said. “I get there at 7:30 in the morning and Roy is leaving, man. It could be scheduling, something I don’t know about. I want him with the rest of the guys because I know he wants to be with us.”
Is this weird, or what? Who is alienating who here? Is this another sign that RW’s days in Dallas are getting shorter?