Roy Williams wants to know what his future holds immediately, so his agent, Jordan Woy, has asked the Dallas Cowboys to either cut or trade the strong safety by today.
-- Todd Archer, Dallas Morning News, 3/3/09
"Frank O’Conner, the Irish writer, tells in one of his books how as a boy, he and his friends would make their way across the countryside and when they came to an orchard wall that seemed too high and too doubtful to try and too difficult to permit their voyage to continue, they took off their hats and tossed them over the wall – and then they had no choice but to follow them. This Nation has tossed its cap over the wall of space, and we have no choice but to follow it."
-- John F. Kennedy, 11/21/63
Permit me a weeee bit of exaggeration. Cutting Roy Williams is a laughably small goal compared to committing a nation to walking on the moon. But for a Cowboys team that still believes it can voyage to the Super Bowl, tossing Williams represents nothing less than tossing its hat over the metaphorical wall.
Poor safety play, as we have noted for years, has held this team back. Ken Hamlin's addition has been a step forward, but a modest one at best. If Jerry and the rest of his organization are serious about advancing, it's time to toss that hat over the wall, and force themselves to find someone or someones who can play safety at the line of scrimmage and in coverage.
Roy is the double-dog daring them to throw it. Do it Jerry. You'll have lots of support:
Williams has no market value in the NFL. In fact, he had very little market value before he signed his big contract with the Cowboys. He forces coaches to make adjustments to keep him from being on the third level and he's a major liability in zone or man coverage.
-- Michael Lombardi, The National Football Post, 3/3/09