Is This The End For Superman?

While Jerry Jones is busy trying to fill out his coaching staff for next season and getting ready for the NFL Draft, there is something lurking in the midst. For many years he has been the face of the Dallas Cowboys franchise and hailed as Superman, but even Superman came to an unexpected and tragic end against his comic book foe, Doomsday.

Is our own Superman heading for the same tragic ending as the man of steel?

He who was once so highly favored by Cowboys fans everywhere, has now become the target of the fan’s scorn and criticism. And while I believe much of this is unwarranted and unjustified, the natives are certainly getting restless, whenever the name Roy Williams is uttered.

This past week, much of the discussions on Cowboys blogs everywhere has been centered around the financial burden that Roy Williams’ contract now has on the team.

Roy Williams is scheduled to count $6.667 million against the cap in 2008 and about the same in 2009. Even if they were to cut him (something that has not been ruled out), he would still count for millions against the cap because most of the contract was paid as a signing bonus. Ouch!

Trading him is out of the question, because no team would be willing to take on a contract like that… at least not in this world, but in Metropolis anything is possible.

Despite the realization that Jerry Jones may have stuck the team with a bad contractual obligation, you can’t blame Williams for taking the best deal he could get. Wouldn’t we do the same thing in his place?

The fact of the matter is that Roy Williams is stuck with us, and we are stuck with him. So why not make the best of the situation?

Greg Ellis won this season’s Comeback Player of the Year Award at the ripe old age of 32. Who is to say that the 27-year old Roy Williams can’t do the same thing next season?

Shouldn’t we cut him some slack after all of the years of loyalty, hard work and excitement he has provided to our team?

The city of Metropolis would never turn their back on their Superman. Why can’t the great city of Dallas do the same?

I know it’s easy to love a player when he’s riding high, and sour on him when the going gets tough. What I’m suggesting is that we give Roy Williams the opportunity to fight through this slump with the support of all Cowboys fans.

There is no telling how much we can achieve when we are all united and aspiring for the same goal. Let us not become his kryptonite.

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  1. Fredooch
    Fredooch says:

    Hey Joe, Great article, I honestly dont know what has happened to Roy Williams. I for one, LOVED the guy when we drafted him. I thought this guy was gonna be a Hall of Famer. I honestly believe that SOMETHING has happened to him. Not really on a physical level but more of an either emotional level or state of mind . I dont think playing football is his number one priority in his life right now. Everyone always knew this guy couldnt cover but now his tackliong has come into play when he WAS the best tackler on this team. Too many times this year I didnt even hear his name mentioned unless he was getting torched. Even Mick Spagnola from has admitted that this isnt the same guy the Cowboys drafted. He’s changed and not for the better. Unless I knew the guy personally, which I dont, I wouldnt be able to tell you whats wrong with Roy Williams. Thats the 6 million dollar question.

  2. Joe D - The Cowboys Nation
    Joe D - The Cowboys Nation says:

    Hi Fred and thanks for the comment. I like you am dumbfounded as to the decline in Roy’s game. It could very well be that you hit the nail on the head and that his mind is a million miles away from football right now. I feel bad for the guy, but I feel bad for us the fans and the team even more. We deserved better. But, I don’t think the situation will get better by how some fans have really turned on him. As long as he wears the uniform I will root for him. I hope that changing the uniform number is not the only change we see from him in 2008. I think there’s a chance he figured it out and that he has to elevate his level of play next season. Let’s hope!

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  4. Danny
    Danny says:

    I think all the blame put on Roy was unjustifiable(is that a word?). He is my favorite Cowboy of this generation. The guy is TALENTED. You say he’s bad at coverage, then the coaches need to work with him on that. Same to go with his “tackling” skills. But is it just me that noticed the DEFENSE, in all is entirety, kept the Cowboys in a lot of games. They stepped it up a lot of times. They did it in the post season. Only Patriots blew us away. They’ve got talent all around. Roy Williams, wearing #38 next year, will be better i believe. I predict he will come out next season and put all these “fans” to silence. And I will be wearing #38 jersey while watching it

  5. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    I know that this was an off year for Roy but I really believe that he can recover. He has the abilities, weve all witnessed it. He just needs to get his head back in place. Nice blog Joe!

  6. Tiffany
    Tiffany says:

    I am with Kelly 100%. Although I am disappointed in Roy’s poor performance this season, I still fully believe he’s not finished. I don’t want him wearing any other uniform. This guy was blowing people up for several years when there was hardly any one else notable on the Cowboys defense. I am really pulling for him next season.

  7. Derek S.
    Derek S. says:

    I cant for the life of me understand why people think we’d want to trade/cut Roy Williams and I especially have no clue why we would deal Marion Barber. Get your heads screwed on straight people