The Cowboys need to cut bait with Roy Williams the second they have the opportunity


Roy Williams tells us how many catches he averages per game

I happened to catch an article on NBC DFW that noted that the Cowboys were unlikely to release Roy Williams, per, 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
OC Redskins 56 78 71.8 3 21 0
OC Bears 48 75 64 4 53 0
OC Texans 40 62 64.5 5 117 2
OC Titans 59 80 73.8 6 87 1
OC Vikings 47 64 73.4 3 28 2
OC Giants 50 61 82 0 0 0
OC Jaguars 58 77 75.3 1 21 0
OC Packers 37 48 77.1 1 6 0
Totals 395 545 72.5 23 333 5
HC Giants 22 54 40.7 2 33 0
HC Lions 39 65 60.9 2 20 0
HC Saints 50 77 64.9 5 83 0
HC Colts 47 77 61 2 32 0
HC Eagles 46 65 70.8 2 23 0
HC Redskins DNP
HC Cardinals 53 81 65.4 0 0 0
HC Eagles 38 66 57.6 1 6 0
Totals 295 485 60.8 14 197 0

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:

(cont after the jump)

Year Games Rec Yards YPC TD
2008 10 19 198 10.4 1
2009 15 38 596 15.7 7
2010 15 37 530 14.3 5

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.


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  3. Immynimmy says:

    The fact that they drafted Dwayne Harris must mean that at the very least they want to at least have a camp battle.

  4. greenage says:

    Why was he so good with the lions and sucked with the cowboys?

  5. ENsDad27 says:

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  8. Chandus says:

    2 Things:

    1. In those 5 games, Romo was the QB. They finally seemed to be able to connect and then Romo went down. Surprizingly, Kitna developed the connection problems that Romo had in 2009.

    2. Keeping Roy Williams is cheaper than releasing him ($9Ms – 11Ms).

    I’m thinking that they’re going to keep him, at least for Training Camp, to see if him and Romo can continue to build from those 5 games.

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