I happened to catch an article on NBC DFW that noted that the Cowboys were unlikely to release Roy Williams, per dallascowboys.com, with the premise being that they’re on the hook for a boatload of money against the cap anyway, so why not just keep him? The great Cowboys blog, Blogging the Boys, went into great detail explaining the remainder of Williams’ ridiculous 6 year, $54 million contract signed after the Cowboys dealt a 1, a 3, and a 6 to the Lions for Williams and a 7. Go read it, and come right back. Done? OK, good. So as you can see, the Cowboys are pretty much screwed whether they cut him or not.
So let’s take a look at the number of snaps Roy Williams played in 2010, as well as his numbers, broken down by Jason Garrett’s time as the offensive coordinator and as the head coach (data aggregated from Pro Football Focus).
|Garrett||Opponent||Roy on the field||Total plays||%||Rec||Yards||TD|
Williams started off 2010 in very promising fashion, catching 21 balls for 306 yards and 5 TD’s in the first 5 games. It appeared as if he was on track to be what the Cowboys thought they traded for back in ’08. And then it just got ugly. Really ugly. He was on the field for 50 snaps against the Giants – goose egg. 58 snaps vs the Jags – 1 catch. 37 snaps against the Packers – 1 catch for 6 yards. That’s when Wade Phillips got fired and Jason Garrett took over, and the crappy play continued. The one game in which he had decent numbers (vs the Saints), he lost a fumble with 3:03 left in the 4th quarter, up by 4. Drew Brees then led a game-winning drive for an insult-to-injury type loss.
After those first 5 first promising games, Williams accounted for 16 catches, 224 yards, and no TD’s. That’s 10 games worth of production. He doesn’t stink because of the package the Cowboys gave up to get him, or the absurd money they paid him – he just flat stinks, period. And it’s really no different than the rest of his career in Dallas, noted here:
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I’m not saying anything new here. There can’t possibly be a single Cowboys fan left that defends the trade for Williams. We all know by now that Roy Williams was a colossal bust. Is he going to get better? I’m not sure there’s any reason whatsoever to believe he will. With Dez Bryant becoming the new full-time #2, Williams’ snaps will be down significantly. Guess what that’s going to do for his already terrible numbers. It’s time to bite the bullet, cut bait, and give his reps even as the #3 to someone that actually could have a long-term future with the team, whether that be with a player already on the roster, or an inexpensive option in free agency. I just don’t see the sense in prolonging this disaster any further.