Has there ever been a single more dysfunctional unit* on a single football team–like, ever–than the Dallas Cowboys receiving corps? What started with Terrell Owens‘ paranoia about Tony Romo and Jason Witten, which was really weird all by itself, has blown up into an all-out f*cksplosion of infighting and finger-pointing, and not even the coaching staff is being spared. Somewhere in Bristol, Mark Schlereth has an erection.**
But the harshest words yet of this ongoing saga came on Friday from an unlikely source. Roy Williams, who had stayed largely out of the spotlight when the controversy was at full force. Speaking with ESPN 103.3 yesterday, Williams dropped several bombs on the coaching staff, but none was as harsh, as the DALLAS MORNING NEWS reports, as saying the Cowboys had “the easiest offense to figure out.”
He wasn’t done, not by a long shot. As Ziller at TSB points out, Williams “complained about running the same route over and over and over … to the point where opposing cornerbacks asked why he ran the same pattern every passing down.” Oof. Worry not, Cowboy fans: Williams later said that he didn’t run a single slant until the Philadelphia game, which was their ignominous season finale, so technically Williams didn’t literally run only one route ever at Dallas, but still, um… he didn’t run a slant until the last game of the year?!
Roy also mentioned the Cowboys didn’t practice as hard as the winless Lions, from whom Williams was saved via trade in the middle of the 2008 season. While that seems like a big deal–the Lions just fielded the worst team in NFL history, after all–it’s hardly “news” that the ‘Boys racked a disciprine this year. Maybe this Marty Bennett rap video overreaction is the first step in the other direction, but when players are calling their own coaches out for nearly criminal levels of incompetence, perhaps it’s time for a major shakeup upstairs.
*I said “unit.” LOL
**Come on, he totally gets off on this garbage.