Tag:Roy Williams
Posted on: July 31, 2010 5:00 pm
 

That thing I said yesterday? Um, never mind

D. Bryant holds his ankle after injuring it at Friday's practice (AP). Cowboys owner Jerry Jones put himself in the unusual position of having to backtrack on some of his comments to the press.

After first-round pick WR Dez Bryant suffered a high ankle sprain Friday that will keep him out four to six weeks, Jones told ESPN, "It's really disappointing, and it really causes you to ask what you can do in practices that can mitigate some of the exposure to some of these injuries. It's a real challenge for everybody. The key thing is you ask yourself, 'Are we pushing him too hard; does it happen at the end of practice when the players are tired?' ... You generally are more prone to injury when you're tired. I just spoke with Dez. He's upset, worrying about how many preseason games he'll miss. He's really worked hard for us."

This quote isn’t that incendiary, but it smacks of a meddling owner (No! Not Jerry Jones!) who thinks he should be the one running the practices. It’s not that big of a deal, except that the words came from the mouth of Jones, and it’s the fact that coach Wade Phillips also seems a loss or two away from drawing unemployment.

True, Bryant was working at receiver – he was trying to take away Roy Williams’ job, but he also was getting plenty of work as a kick and punt returner. On the other hand, Dez Bryant was suspended for most of his final season at Oklahoma State, and he knows he needs all the work he can get. Which, I thought, was the main reason he was the first first-round pick to sign – so he could practice as much as possible.

Anyway, Jones decided to take another crack at discussing the issue Saturday.

"I'm not being critical,” Jones told reporters today. "What I’m being is analytical, or trying to be analytical. This is when you all sit down and look at everything you're doing and see if there's some things you can do to help protect your team better, especially during this time five, six weeks away from opening game."

Phillips later said he wasn’t offended by Jones’ comments.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 7:51 pm
 

Bryant deflects the latest controversy

Dez Bryant already is acting like a veteran. Something goes wrong, blame the media. Get beaten up across the national airwaves, blame the media. That’s what he did today when he was asked about refusing to carry fellow WR Roy Williams’ pads after practice.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram recorded his words.

"It was never an issue," Bryant said. "Y'all made it an issue. It was never nothing. Y'all are trying to turn it into something.

"I have been trying to do the right thing. Y'all are trying to turn it into something negative. I am going to continue to do the right thing.
Everybody on the team likes me, and I like everybody on the team. Y'all are trying to put me and Roy against each other. That is not going to happen. We are trying to do something real special here. We are going to continue to keep trying to do that."

I suppose it’s possible Bryant is telling the truth. But after talking to Dallas coach Wade Phillips after the incident, it’s funny how quickly Bryant’s attitude changed.

Still, it sounds like a punishment is in order. Perhaps dinner for assorted teammates on Bryant’s credit card. Bryant told reporters that was just fine by him.

In other Cowboys news, RB Felix Jones was held out of Tuesday’s second practice, because he had some swelling in his knee. Phillips told reporters he expects Jones back by Wednesday.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 6:26 pm
 

Wade Phillips has 'a little chat' with Dez Bryant

Yesterday, rookie sensation (and future Canton inductee, based on his first two days at practice, obviously!) Dez Bryant made a lot of noise with his play on the Cowboys practice field. He made more noise with his refusal to carry veteran Roy Williams' pads.

Today, according to ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins, Wade Phillips had a little something to say to Dez .
Dez Bryant walks out onto the field today and Wade Phillips has a little chat with him. Whether that chat involved the words "You WILL carry my spare ribs" no one can know for sure. But more than likely, it served as the Cowboys' manner of letting Dez know that future disrespect -- whether intended or not -- towards veteran players would not go over well.

If we're all lucky, Bryant will become his own character in Kissing Suzy Kolber's ever-popular "Wade and Jerry" series (warning: strong language). And if Bryant's lucky, Williams won't' have to order a code red on the youngster.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Wade Phillips has 'a little chat' with Dez Bryant

Yesterday, rookie sensation (and future Canton inductee, based on his first two days at practice, obviously!) Dez Bryant made a lot of noise with his play on the Cowboys practice field. He made more noise with his refusal to carry veteran Roy Williams' pads.

Today, according to ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins, Wade Phillips had a little something to say to Dez .
Dez Bryant walks out onto the field today and Wade Phillips has a little chat with him. Whether that chat involved the words "You WILL carry my spare ribs" no one can know for sure. But more than likely, it served as the Cowboys' manner of letting Dez know that future disrespect -- whether intended or not -- towards veteran players would not go over well.

If we're all lucky, Bryant will become his own character in Kissing Suzy Kolber's ever-popular "Wade and Jerry" series (warning: strong language). And if Bryant's lucky, Williams won't have to order a code red on the youngster.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 10:09 pm
 

Dez Bryant refuses to carry Roy Williams' pads

Dez Bryant's been the talk of Cowboys camp for his big plays, fan-friendliness and fantastic demeanor.

Until a report from Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com came out Sunday night, in which Bryant refuses to carry veteran Roy Williams' pads. (It is, of course, customary for rookies to suffer through, for lack of a better word, hazing during their first year.)
"I'm not doing it," Bryant said. "I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player's pads."

"If I was a free agent, it would still be the same thing. I just feel like I'm here to play football. I'm here to try to help win a championship, not carry someone's pads. I'm saying that out of no disrespect to [anyone]."
The normal reaction to this would be: "What the hell is this rookie thinking???"

The appropriate reaction here might be "Who the hell does Roy Williams think he is telling ANYONE to carry something for him?"

Fortunately, things seemed to be a little too friendly between the rook and the vet, so Dez refusing to carry Williams' stuff is actually fairly refreshing, in that we should see some drama -- outside of Williams' 2004 Navigator comment -- unfold in the receiving corps in Dallas.

And, possibly, Williams losing his job and trying to go all O'Bannion on Dez for the rest of the season.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 11:50 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 12:03 am
 

Breaking down Bengals receivers

CINCINNATI The Bengals on Tuesday released WR Chris Davis, and though the team had signed him to a free agent deal in March, the transaction was not surprising. Not surprising in the least.

Cincinnatis receiving room, after all, is awfully crowded and awfully loaded with talent. Some deserving players will not make the 53-man roster, and after the final offseason workout of the year, Bengals receivers coach Mike Sheppard glowed with the anticipation of who hell work with when the season begins.

Theyve been challenged, Sheppard said. Its always fun to see how a group responds to a challenge.

Without Davis around, 10 receivers will vie for what should be six spots when the team breaks camp for the regular season its not impossible the Bengals would take seven receivers, but its highly unlikely. Of those 10, four are most likely locks Chad Ochocinco, free agent signee Antonio Bryant, third-round draft pick Jordan Shipley (perhaps the most impressive player during last weeks mini-camp) and Andre Caldwell who Sheppard pointed out was faster than anybody else at the position and who was invaluable at times last season.

That leaves Matt Jones, Quan Cosby, Jerome Simpson, Dezmon Briscoe, Maurice Purify, and Freddie Brown battling for the other two spots. Lets rank their chances of making this squad.

Jones: Hes tall, and he seems to have good hands. Plus, hes a former college QB, so when you want to pull out a trick play or two, hed be a good candidate. But his feet have been slow, and hes been out of the NFL for a year. Hes been solid, but not spectacular.

Cosby: His biggest strength at least, last year is his punt returning ability, as evidenced by his 11.9 yard return average and the fact he led the league in return yards (he also led the league, it should be noted, in punts returned). He began to have an impact in the passing game late in the season, but his height (5-foot-9) doesnt help. Plus, hell have competition at punt return with Adam Jones and Shipley on the squad.

Simpson: The second-round pick from 2008 has been a big disappointment for the Bengals hes been active for only eight of his 32 career games while making one measly catch for two yards. Simpson, knowing hell have a tough time making the squad this year, had a fantastic offseason, but there are still questions about how well he knows the playbook.

Briscoe: Until he missed much of the offseason with a groin injury, the coaching staff was really high on the sixth-round pick. His former receiver coach at Kansas called him the best receiver hed ever mentored, and his leaping ability is tops on the Bengals squad. Hes got some ridiculous highlights from college, but hes missed out by being absent for so many practices.

Purify: We dont know much about Purify, because hes only played five games in his two NFL seasons (hes spent most of his time on the Bengals practice squad). But hes a special teams stalwart, and last season, he provided the highlight of training camp by dominating SS Roy Williams quite a hard hitter himself in the Oklahoma drill.

Brown: If we dont know much about Purify, we know even less about Brown, except that the local scribes enjoy calling him Downtown Freddie Brown. Id be shocked if Brown made the roster.

So, my prediction for who makes the squad? Well, its tough to say before training camp, but the Facts & Rumors blog aims to please. Im thinking Briscoe and Cosby will make it. I could see Simpson making a run at a spot, but hed have to have an outstanding camp to have a shot. I don't think he'll play well enough to manage it.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 3:29 pm
 

Top 10 Most Overpaid Players in the NFL?

Foxsports ran an interesting piece today: the top 10 most overpaid players in football.

Here’s their list:

10. Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG, $7.5M this season
9. Antonio Smith, DE, HOU, $15.5M since signing in ’09
8. Eli Manning, QB, NYG, $35 million guaranteed, $15.27M per year ’09-’15
7. Julius Peppers, DE, CHI, $20M this season
6. Antonio Bryant, WR, CIN, $9M with Bucs in ’09; $7M in ’10
5. Matt Cassel, QB, KC, $15M in ’10
4. Vernon Carey, RT, MIA, $15M in ’09
3. Jay Cutler, QB, CHI, $15M per year
2. Roy Williams, WR, DAL, $13.6M in ’09
1. Albert Haynesworth, DL, WAS, $41M guaranteed

Overall, this is a good list. Including Jacobs might be faulty, given that his power is key to New York’s run-based offense. Manning signed his contract shortly after winning the Super Bowl – nobody raised any objection then.

The Cassel deal could haunt Scott Pioli for a long time. The fact that Carey made nearly $1 million per game last season is shocking. He’s a solid but unspectacular right tackle.

Roy Williams has cost the Cowboys money and draft picks, but it’s the Cowboys’ fault for not realizing that his north/south style of play was ill-fit for Jason Garrett’s catch-and-run offense.

The Redskins are getting what they deserve with Haynesworth. The man is a superstar, but only when he smells new money. Throughout his entire career, Haynesworth has griped and underachieved in every non-contract year. This isn’t to say he’s a bum. No matter what, Haynesworth attracts double teams, which will always make him more valuable than his stats indicate. But $41 million guaranteed? Ouch.

--Andy Benoit

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