Road to 13-3 Record Not Without Bumps

As I kicked back and enjoyed highlights of all 17 of the Cowboys’ games a couple weeks back, many players caught my eye with their surprising success.  As everyone knows however, highlights always show the good, but not always the bad and the ugly.  And with that, here are a few players I thought had disappointing years for the silver and blue.

 

Julius Jones

Julius Jones tops this list without question in my mind.  Going into a contract year, I expected Jones to have a breakout season and have success that would turn Jerry Jones’ head enough to re-sign Jones to a lucrative deal.  That however was far from the case.  Jones started all 16 regular season games, but failed to record a 100-yard outing.  He amassed a mere 588 yards and only saw the end-zone twice this season.  Many could argue that Jones’ lack of success was due to Marion Barber getting most of the carries later on in games.  But it seemed as though Jones lacked the explosiveness and downhill style of Barber.  Jones was often seen dancing around in the backfield trying to make something happen rather than hitting the hole.  I feel that Jones’ performance this season will be his ticket out of Dallas via free agency.  This year’s draft could produce arguably the best crop of running backs in 10 years, and I expect the Cowboys to nab one of these runners early in the draft. 

 

Roy Williams

As Plaxico Burress strolled into the endzone untouched on the very first play of the 2007 season, we all gave our best ‘here we go again’ look when we spotted Roy Williams trailing 10 yards behind Burress.  The play ended up being a great summary for Williams’ season.  Williams was frequently the guilty party for busted coverages and long touchdown passes.  He was also the culprit for many long runs, often whiffing on the tackle trying to produce a big time hit.  Although a vulnerability many a time this year, Roy Williams is still a major part of the Cowboys defense.  All the babble about him being released or traded need to be silenced and talk of him moving to linebacker needs to be put to rest.  He will return to Dallas at safety next year.  Maybe his number change to 38 will bring back the welcomed sight of Roy laying a good lickin’ on wide receivers.  And let’s hope that Dave Campo won’t teach an old dog new tricks, but revert him back to his old ones. 

 

Jacques Reeves

As Roy Williams was having his routine problems in coverage, Jacques Reeves was having issues of his own.  Opposing quarterbacks routinely locked Reeves in their crosshairs, often with successful results.  While Reeves possesses game-changing speed, he often looked lost in coverage and a step slower than everyone else.  Although Reeves gained much game experience this season, it’s safe to say he won’t be Dallas’ top priority as far as re-signing goes.  While they might bring Reeves back at the right price, he will more than likely end up in a different uniform next year.  Look for Dallas to pick one of the stellar corners in the draft.

Comments
  1. Cowboy

    Julius Jones – I was very disappointed when the Cowboys drafted Jones over Steven Jackson then after his second season of watching him sit on the bench I finally gave up on him. After all the comments we heard about how Bill Parcels’ had held him back and this being a contract year, I too figured he’d come out smoking and once and for all put us doubter in our place, instead we got more running of the mouth, same blah, blah, blah we heard at the start of his third season when he fell short on his promises. Personally I believe Quincy Carter and Jones have been two of the biggest disappointments in recent Cowboy history, please don’t include Vinny in this category remember he only came to Dallas to be the backup and due to circumstances wound up being the starter.
    Roy Williams – It’s unfortunate that his contract can’t be torn up. Williams has seen better days in Cowboys blue and changing his jersey number will not make him run any faster or hit any harder, fact is Williams is old and cannot move as fast as he once did. I disagree that he is still a major part of the Cowboys defense, the only thing he is, is a liability. As one of very few senior members on this team he is not willing to assume the leadership role that comes with the job, instead players such as Bradie James are assuming that responsibility. Williams should do him and us a big favor and just retire.
    Jacques Reeves – Not even slapping him across the face could help his cause.

  2. Not sure why Roy Williams would or should retire. He’s not a senior citizen by NFL standards just yet, as he is like 28 years old. I’ve felt his biggest problem over the past couple seasons is being around 230 playing safety. Say he sheds like 10-15 pounds, maybe he runs faster and covers better

  3. Cowboy

    Derek you absolutely right, by NFL standards Roy Williams is still a young man, however if I tell you to stop smoking, drinking, lose weight (list can go on forever) and you’re not willing to make change it’s not going to happen, it’s called discipline something I know a little about after serving 25 years in the Marine Corps. Shedding pounds as you suggested might help but why hasn’t he taken it upon himself to do it, after all physical conditioning is part of playing the game? I look in the mirror and I can tell when it’s time for me to hit the gym a little harder. His weight is not the only issue, it also seems that he’s lost heart for the game too, I hope the reunion with Coach Dave Campo will bring out a little of what Williams was in the past (in his acceptance speech Campo touched on the subject). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike Williams, however if you’re going to hurt the team I cheer and bleed for and you’re not willing to do your part to help the situation, I truly believe it’s time for you to step down, as the saying goes, either lead, follow or get the (bleep) out of the way.