Roy Williams has received a lot of criticism since arriving in Dallas and he will undoubtedly be blasted on talk radio and other outlets. But the impressive thing about Williams is he never runs from the scrutiny.
He’s not one of the players who shows up for the TV cameras when he’s doing well and hides when he’s not. Williams is always there.
He was again Thursday after a disappointing fumble led to the Cowboys losing to the Saints 30-27.
With Dallas leading New Orleans 27-23 late in the fourth quarter, Williams caught a short pass over the middle from quarterback Jon Kitna and gained 47 yards to the Saints 11-yard line. But at the end of the play, New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins managed to get both hands wrapped around the ball and was able to pry it from Williams.
Jenkins recovered the fumble with 3:03 left, and the Saints promptly moved 89 yards in five plays to score a touchdown and win the game.
“I lost the ball game,” Williams said bluntly. “I will say that. Let my teammates down.
“I know it’s a team game. I know the defense had a chance to stop them and all that stuff. But it wouldn’t even have to come down to that if I’d just fallen down or just get tackled and hold on to the football. Who knows what would have happened? But it’s on me.”
The late flub ruined what had been a good day for Williams, who had five catches for 83 yards.
“We played hard,” Williams said. “It should have been a come from behind victory. Pretty sure [the media] already had it written down for the ‘W.’ And this football team fought. We rallied behind our head coach. We had it but we just didn’t finish. I didn’t finish.”
-- Jan Hubbard