Roy Williams Serves Up Some Turkey On Thanksgiving Day

It’s been almost two days, and I still can’t get Thursday’s loss out of my mind. It really doesn’t matter how many games we win or lose from here on out, and I had no illusions of grandeur that somehow the Cowboys were still in it, but that particular loss just stung more than usual.

How amazing would it have been to beat the defending Super Bowl champs after all we’ve been through during this season of turmoil? We were almost there… We almost did it… We could have won our third straight game since we fired the Michelin Man, Wade Phillips…

Maybe Gerald Sensabaugh said it best,

“We just fought back to get ourselves back in the football game,” safety Gerald Sensabaugh said. “Our offense was driving and scoring points. We had a couple of good stops down there by holding them to field goals. It’s not a good feeling when you know you could have won the football game.”

I know many of you hung at least part of that loss on our kicker David Buehler, but he was act to go out there and execute on a 59-yarder that is a field goal kickers version of three Hail Mary passes rolled into one. If he would have made it, the game would have easily been the Cowboys biggest and most inspirational win in the last three seasons.

I firmly put that loss squarely on the shoulders of Roy Williams. Until he had that football stripped away from him, the Cowboys well on their way to pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the season against a phenomenal New Orleans Saints team that was hungry for another win.

I’m so tired of seeing Williams pollute this team with his constant complaining of the field, and his soft approach on the field. I still grit my teeth when I realize we made him one of the top paid wide receivers in the NFL. I’ll never understand how a first round bust who couldn’t cut it with the lowly Detroit Lions, can come to Dallas and get the richest contract ever for a wide receiver in team history. If there is anyway to get his ass off this team this offseason, I hope they do it.

It was difficult to see the team’s best receiver Dez Bryant, so under utilized on Thursday, and you could see the frustration on his face as he spent most of his time on the sidelines and even shouting his displeasure to anyone who would listen. Did you see the expression on Garrett’s face after Williams’ coughed up that ball and with it all of our momentum?

Everything the Cowboys worked so hard to fight back from and accomplish on Thursday, simply vanished because of this one play:

So what did Roy Williams have to say about his back-breaking blunder?

“It happens. I don’t know why things like that happen to good people. I should have just gotten tackled.”

Good people? What does that have to do with anything? What he should have said was that things like that don’t happen to “good players”.

Getting back to something more positive, I’m becoming a huge Jason Garrett fan. How incredible and refreshing was it to see him get in front of the press and take responsibility for that loss? When was the last time a Cowboys head coach did that? And the ironic thing about it was that I had zero problem with the way Garrett coached that game. I saw him resurrect a Cowboys team that was down 17-0 against one of the leagues best, and spark them back to life. I haven’t seen such passion, fight, intensity and raw emotion from the Cowboys in years.

I know Garrett is just the interim coach, but after what I’ve seen in the last three games, I wouldn’t have a problem if Jerry Jones dropped the interim tag from his title.

We’ve already had to well known names at the head of this franchise in Wade Phillips and Bill Parcells. Maybe it’s time we stop pinning our future on some coach whose glory days came with another franchise. I’m tired of having a coach who was chosen simply because he was well known and would be easy to market or sell to the fans.

Maybe this time we should choose a coach with some heart and passion regardless of his name and past exploits. I wasn’t a huge Jason Garrett fan before this season started, but I’m completely sold on him now. He lives and dies with every play call and that’s exactly the kind of coach I always wanted for this team.

What are your thoughts about that?

Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving Day weekend!

Comments
  1. Charles

    I agree with you 100%. I’ll admit, I was calling for Jason Garrett’s head as soon as Wade was fired, but I began to warm up to him during the Giants game. You could feel (even from half the world away where I am) that there was a new energy on the sideline. When Buehler (how the f*** do you spell his name??) missed a FG and other players made mistakes, he didn’t have that dopey, helpless, woe-is-me look on his face. I dunno how, but that man knows what he’s doing and he should be the new head coach.

    I also agree that this was a very painful loss, last time I felt this bad was that miss handled snap in the wild card game in Seattle.

  2. Rob V.

    Its amazing how caught up in the game I was even though we were 3-7. It was like I was cheering during a playoff game. I’m sure I was not the only one who yelled at RW to just go down. I understand he wanted to score, but at that point just go down and run out the clock. He even said the same thing in his post game interview. Ok, he fumbled so the defense needed to respond. Then Newman lets his receiver get behind him for 55 yards. He is the second one I blamed on the loss. Then after the Boys got past midfield. I didn’t agree with Garrett’s play calling. You are right Joe, it was a very hard loss. Not to mention that I love the Giants fans that I know who made fun of the Boys losing. They should have been cheering for the Boys because that Saints victory may just be the one to prevent the Giants from making the playoffs. Lets hope so!!

  3. nate

    of course being a cowboys career long roy williams appologist doesnt help my case here, but you know i dont blame him. not in the least bit. he was a player trying to make a play. in hindsight, yes, he should have just took a dive, but if this is dez and the same thing happened to him, it would be called a rookie mistake. if it were miles, it would be chalked up to the season the whole team is having. etc.etc.etc. no one talks of terrance newmans atrocous cover ability on the last drive…ok all game long, who am i kidding? no one calls out the lack of pass rush, nearly all game long…no one calls out barber for being barber…i could go on and on…if this truly is a team sport then they lost as a team, not because of roys fumble. if this is still what people believe that it is all roy’s fault, i dont ever want to hear that person say this is a team sport ever again. that is a double standard and a phrase of convenience. ok ive said my peace. i wish malcolm jenkins didnt make a great play on the ball and i wish roy would have given up and taken a dive.

  4. irvin ross jr

    THAT IS UNEXPECTED OF ROY TO LET THE SAINTS STRIP THE BALL LIKE DAT I SHOWS HE HAS NO VETERAN CHARACTER I MEAN HE NOT A ROOKIE THATS A ROOKIE MISTAKE HOLD THE BALL YOU AND EVERY BODY IN THE NFL KNOW THE SAINTS STRIP BALLS BETTER THEN EVERY TEAM IN THE LEAGUE HE WAS SHOWING OFF TRYNA BE MORE LIKE BRYANT BRYANT HAS TALENT BUT ANYBODY KNOW YOU WINNING A GAME YOU HAVE THE BALL YOU GOT THE FIRST DOWN YOU DONT NEED TO SCORE A TD TO PUT ON YOUR STATS THATS ALL ROY DID TRYING TO BOOST HIS STATS ME I WOULD FIRE HIS ASS SOON AS THIS SEASON OVER WE DONT NEED HIM HIS ATTITUDE SHOWS SINCE BRYANT CAME YOU KNOW HURD CHOICE THOSE GUYS NEED TO GET SOME PLAY TIME I MEAN THEY THERE DOING THE JOBS WITH PASSION AND PLEASE I HATE TO SAY THIS ABOUT MARION BUT HIS TIME IS OVER HE CANT PRODUCE JACKSHIT FIRE BARBER ROY GET SOME OLINE HELP FS SS AND ALSO ANOTHER JENKINS BUT FASTER N SOME ONE WHO CAN HIT CAUSE NEWMAN IS GETTING BURNT TO MUCH MAN BUT IF WE HAD SAFETY HELP THINGS WOULDNT BE BAD FOR NEWMAN JENKINS NEED TO PUMP SOME IRON SO HE CAN TACKLE BETTER BUT HE OKAY ALSO DALLAS NEED TO GET SOME KINDA OF RUNNING GAME GOING TO HELP WITH THE OFFENSE

  5. irvin ross jr

    and yes nate you right newman barber is a complete setback for this team they good at what they do but most of the time they get burnt or dont produce barber 3&1 why is he tryna run wide he got size to get 1 yard on any defense and newman he just weathering away and yeah the defensive line didnt do jack shit in that game at all so i cant hold the lost on roy the lost came from the team just like cardinals in the superbowl came back took the lead and then defense had cake and ice cream that last drive and they lost their should have been super bowl but the season over i cant hold nobody for the loses anymore just hold them for playing with pride and being season spoilers for those who got a chance so it really dont matter if they win or lose im looking at individual performance from here on out to see who want to be there next year also nobody says anything about brookings he cant cover to good either i mean dallas need to get some good talent not just heart strong players we need people who can get the job done not superstars

  6. Byron

    This loss goes to the Defense not Roy Williams, Sure his fumble hurt us but winning teams don’t give up 90 yard TD drives when it’s all on the line ,
    But Yall can hate on Roy if it makes You feel better, He is a class act and will probably take it well!