There’s more to that headline than you think. Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams continues to take heat from the blogosphere and the big-bad press.
But his coaches are having none of it. Head Coach Wade Phillips is quoted in the Associated Press saying he hates to hear Williams get bashed. To recap, Greg Ellis and Terence Newman have each opined on Williams’ play.
“He can do better, but he was voted into the Pro Bowl. He was our second-leading tackler missing two games, so he had a lot of positive last year that I think people are overlooking,” Phillips said.
Defensive backcoach Dave Campo said the criticism aimed at Williams’ coverage skills is “a bunch of baloney.” We hope Campo is right, because he knows Williams. He was coach when the Cowboys drafted the former Oklahoma Sooner in 2002, an era when Williams was truly feared.
Williams plays his own mental games by changing his jersey to his college number of 38, and somehow we’re supposed to believe that will transform him into a beast in the East again. I haven’t completely given up on Williams, especially with Campo back. If his drop in weight is true, and if he is working harder, then it is possible for him to be better. But he also needs to be a teammate and a leader. This criticism is obviously getting to him, and we can only hope it is fuel to bring Williams back to being a force.