Former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson stopped by practice today as part of a safe-driving promotion in assocation with Crown Royal. Johnson gave his thoughts on the struggles of receiver Roy Williams.
"Receivers in some ways are a little like a golfer, they get in streaks,” Johnson said. “I remember Michael Irvin’s second year, we had a training camp where he was dropping everything and so it was a matter of us pulling back and saying let’s work on the things that he does well and gradually expand it some of the other routes.”
Johnson said when he had Michael Irvin and Alvin Harper, they worked hard to put Harper in routes he was good at running. Where Irvin could run just about everything well, Harper was designated for certain deep routes he excelled at.
"Say in your mind, you’re dropping a crossing route, time after time,” Johnson said. “Well, let’s stop throwing the crossing route, because in his mind, he’s saying, ‘Oh no, I’m going to drop it, I’m going to drop it.’ Don’t drop it, don’t drop it. That seeds planted, don’t drop it. Well the seeds planted to don’t drop it, so what do you do? You drop it. And so let’s just pull away from that. Let’s start throwing that comeback where he knows he’s going to catch it, he catches it every time. Catch it, catch it, catch it and then occasionally sprinkle in a crossing route so where he’s had some success to build that confidence back up.”