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Supporting Roy E. Williams as Starter in 2010

38 receptions.  596 yards.  Nine drops.

Rather eye-popping numbers for a No. 1 wide receiver–just not ‘eye-popping’ in the manner in which Cowboys’ fans would hope.

Has Roy E. Williams’ production to date warranted him keeping the starting job this season?  Of course not.  Is his stay in Dallas about the money?  The Cowboys would be lying if they said Williams’ contract isn’t at least partially the reason he will be on the roster in 2010.

So why are we supporting Williams’ return as the starter in 2010, particularly when one of the Cowboys’ major problems over the last few years has been supplying players with jobs they have not earned?

Call us crazy, but we think Williams is going to turn it around in 2010.  The man has been jeered basically non-stop since he arrived in Dallas.  We would be hard-pressed to find more than a handful of Cowboys fans who yearn for Williams to even return to the squad in 2010, much less remain the starter.

It isn’t as if these criticisms are unwarranted.  Even Williams knows it.  In a recent interview with the Star-Telgram‘s Clarence E. Hill, he said, “I felt like I didn’t do anything last year.  I dropped balls and what not.  I didn’t think my name would be on top of the drop list ever in my life.  It was a humbling experience.  It showed me I better get my life together.”

Those are the words of a man who has lost confidence.  Williams’ struggles the last two years are not due to a lack of talent.  Let that soak in.  Roy E. Williams is an immensely talented wide receiver with outstanding body control and, believe it or not, top-notch hands.  We would go as far as to say he has some of the best hands in the entire NFL.  Surprising for a man with nine drops last season?  Confidence, or a lack thereof, can do amazing things to people.

“I better get my life back together,” Williams stated.  Not his game. . .his life.  Being successful in life is about knowing who you are and having confidence in yourself as a person.  A player must be confident in life before he can be confident on the football field.  Right now, Williams is neither.

Thus, Williams primary offseason priority shouldn’t be running routes, or catching balls, or hitting the weight room (of course none of those things are discouraged, Roy).  No, Williams should do whatever he can to regain his confidence.  His mojo.  His swag.

And what is the best way to regain one’s ‘swag’?  By competing of course–a task Williams is relishing this season.  “I’m here to fight for my job,” Williams has claimed.  “I’m ready to battle. I think I will win. That’s my mentality.”

And battle he will.  Some insiders have already proclaimed that Williams will have to hold off undrafted second-year receiver Kevin Ogletree to retain his starting job.  This competition may be just what Williams needs to thrive.

True champions aren’t those who perform well when everything is going according to plan, but those who flourish in the face of adversity.  This is undoubtedly a time of adversity for Williams.

So get that swag back, Roy.  Be cocky.  Be brash.  Talk smack–and then back all of it up on the field.

Come September, we will find out if Roy E. Williams has truly regained his confidence.  We will find out if he is ready to compete.  Most importantly, we will find out if he is a true champion.

Never bet against a man who has nothing to lose.

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March 30, 2010 - Posted by | Miscellaneous | , , , , , , ,

7 Comments »

  1. Well said. I’m really rooting for this guy. He has the potential to be the single largest impact on the whole team. A kicker would help too.

    Comment by john coleman | March 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Yeah, I agree Williams’ improvement in 2010 could be the largest factor in helping Dallas get to the next level. I am so surprised by the dismissal of his talent. It is clear to me that Williams’ problem is with confidence (and perhaps a lack of familiarity with certain routes), but not in his talent. He truly is a supremely talented player. This just shows how little talent means without confidence.

      Comment by jongb35 | March 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. I agree that Williams has lost his confidence. But I believe the main he hasn’t been successful in Dallas, is that Romo and himself have not created a chemistry. Yes, the drops are bad, but fare more often it’s either Roy making the wrong hot read, or Romo throwing in the wrong direction, which causes problems. Both of them need to just keep working together. Practice playing out every situation and route, then go to Garrett and get him more involved in the gameplan.

    Comment by Martin | March 30, 2010 | Reply

    • You are right that they are not on the same page, and it is rather perplexing. Romo seems to hit everyone else in stride, but Williams never seems to be where Romo expects.

      I know he isn’t a dumb guy, so he knows the offense. I really think he just needs that swagger back so he can just go out and play and use his athleticism without thinking so much. As of now, he looks a bit robotic.

      Comment by jongb35 | March 30, 2010 | Reply

  3. OK. You’re Crazy. You asked for it, you got it.

    Comment by Me | March 31, 2010 | Reply

    • Haha..no problem with differing opinions. I understand I am in the minority on this one.

      Comment by jongb35 | March 31, 2010 | Reply

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