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The Dallas Cowboys finally came to their senses and released Roy Williams! Now many of you are still on the Roy Willy band wagon, and for those of you that are I truly feel sorry for you. There has always been a common rule among draft experts, in where they all believe that you should never draft a safety in the top ten . I completely believe in this drafting rule. The proof is in the pudding. Can anyone name five safeties drafted in the top ten that has been successful in the NFL? When I say successful I am speaking about a few things in particular. First, the player must show signs of improvement through out his tenure in the league. Second, can the player perform no matter who is around him? and third, Does the player command that the opposing offense be aware of where he is?

Now I realize that some of you will blast me for having a bad attitude towards Roy and I am OK with that. All I am asking for is for you to truly sit back and look at his body of work, and be honest in your opinion. Roy was the typical Oklahoma player. Oklahoma since the arrival of Bob Stoops has been well known for getting the very best out of their players. This is great for the Sooners, and their fans. Unfortunately this is not good for the NFL teams drafting them. The knock is that what you see from OU players in college is exactly what you will see from them in the NFL. They normally will not get any better, as Stoops is able to get the maximum from them in college. This story is very true when it comes to Roy Williams. Roy is and has been the same player now that he was in college! No change!

Everyone wants to scream from the mountain top about the fact that he is a five time Pro Bowler! The Pro Bowl selections can never be taken away from him, but how many of them do you actually believe were deserved? The first two that he got were in my eyes the only ones that were legitimate. At that time Roy had the luxury of playing beside one Darren Woodson. Darren was a very capable cover safety, which allowed Roy to play up near the line and crack heads, knowing he did not have to cover anyone. Roy has never been a good coverage guy, Never! Since Woodsons departure Roy has been more liability than Pro Bowler. The problems had become worse and worse by the year. What he has always been known for was his ability to crack skulls. When Roy hit someone they were down! This element of his game however has not been there in a looooooooong time. He no longer was able to lay the proverbial "knockout Blow". So he began to tackle people by the "Horse Collar" (on a side note this is one of the dumber rules the NFL has ever come up with) and hang on to them like a steer wrestler. So as the deterioration has taken place teams not only do not worry with where he is they simply pray that he plays!

What has Roy's impact been on the team? In my opinion not much! If you go back and look at what he has done, and I am talking about looking at past game film. You will see that during most games he is doing one of two things. Either over committing to the play action, or pointing fingers at teammates as to say "That was your man". There are a thousand different people that the Cowboys could put back there and do the same thing, without paying them 7 or 8 million dollars. Hell for my current crappy salary I will go back there!

I am not asking for any of you to agree with me. As a matter of fact I expect to be harassed by most, and that's ok. Just don't fool yourself into believing that the Cowboys are doomed without him. As a matter of fact I propose that this team is in a much better place without him! I am more comfortable with Pat Watkins back there! At least Pat will admit that he failed to do his job!


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4 Comments
  • https://insidethestar.com/ bags030404

    Wow I can not believe not a single Roy lover in the bunch!

  • https://insidethestar.com/about/ Bryson Treece

    lol … looking for some more argument over him? Hit up the forum … you can get it all over there.

  • Raina

    I am not going to argue with you and sure do not need you to feel sorry for me! I appreciate all the years he dedicated to the Cowboys and I feel he deserves fans to remember those years and all the ground shaking hits!

  • https://insidethestar.com/ bags030404

    Ground shaking hits? When was the last time one of those took place?

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REPORT: Cowboys DL David Irving’s Accuser Retracts Claims Of Domestic Violence

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After what was a rather crazy day which resulted in reports the Frisco Police Department were investigating Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving for domestic violence, the accuser has now retracted her claims.

https://twitter.com/DCBlueStar/status/988527577915674624

This retraction comes after the mentioned reports of domestic violence claims against David Irving earlier in the day. Irving was neither arrested nor charged for the incidents, though two separate allegations were made.

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

Irving has claimed through his own social media account that his accuser is an ex-girlfriend looking for retaliation over a breakup. Irving has already said he has changed the locks on his house in attempt to change behavior moving forward.

Whether or not Irving abused his reported ex-girlfriend is not for me to say, but it will be interesting to see how Roger Goodell handles the matter after she retracted her claims later in the day. As we know very well, the NFL can claim violation of the personal conduct policy even if the justice system pursues no charges.

And the results of both the Frisco PD's investigation and that of the league office will be intriguing over the coming weeks and months.


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REPORT: Cowboys DE/DT David Irving Suspected of Domestic Violence

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[4/24/18 UPDATE: Irving's accuser has since recanted with police. However, the NFL could still investigate under their domestic violence policy.]

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Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is under investigation by Frisco, TX police for charges of domestic violence, according to a report by Jobin Panicker of WFAA-ABC in Dallas.

The following was tweeted from Panicker's account not long ago:

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms it is investigating serious allegations against Cowboys player David Irving. No arrests. Assault-Bodily Injury, Unlawful Restraint, & Assault-Impeding Breath and Circulation @wfaa

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

The veracity of the accusations are certainly not ours to judge, but other recent events on Irving's social suggest he is in the middle of a breakup with his girlfriend. Posts early this morning on his Twitter account appeared to be from an unauthorized user, and David later posted on both Twitter and Instagram that someone had hacked him.

Furthermore, Irving shared that he was already taking steps due to the volatile situation.

David Ja Rodd Irving on Twitter

@DCBlueStar Changed the locks yesterday

While personal lives should stay that way, Cowboys fans are understandably concerned after what happened last year with Ezekiel Elliott. As we saw then, Roger Goodell's "justice" system allows for just an accusation to lead to a suspension. There is no burden of proof on the accuser.

And as in that case, even if the police dismiss the allegation, the NFL can still pursue the matter under the personal conduct and domestic violence policies.

It would be nice to just say "let the process play out," but the NFL commissioner doesn't hold himself to that standard. Therefore, we have to report this as it could mean consequences for David Irving and the Dallas Cowboys no matter how legitimate the claims are.


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Jaylon Smith Practicing Without AFO Brace

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A lot of the talk circling the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL Draft is the need for the Cowboys to draft a linebacker as insurance to Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith's injury issues.

One of the questions, Sean Lee, will always be a question. When he's on the field, he's as good a linebacker as there is in the NFL. In 2016, he finally got in a near full season and rewarded the Dallas Cowboys with an All-Pro season that led the team to the playoffs. Talent has never been the issue with Lee. Keeping him on the field has been.

Jaylon Smith's question isn't his health as much as it is his recovery. The surgery to repair his ACL and MCL that he suffered at the end of his final season at Notre Dame was considered a success. There was a caveat, however, that there was no telling how much functionality would return because of the massive nerve injury that occurred.

Last year, Jaylon Smith actually played football games. No small step. In some games he made some plays and in other games, it was clear that he was still struggling with changing directions and running with receivers and running backs in coverage.

Time is Jaylon's biggest ally and another offseason removed from his injury should only help him get stronger and more confident in his recovering knee.

Lost in all of the Dez Bryant hoopla was a beautiful little nugget that Jaylon Smith teased Cowboys Nation with last week.

Jaylon provided a great look at his training regimen on the first day of team workouts and if you look closely, you'll see with a Clear Eye View that Jaylon Smith isn't wearing a brace, tape, or any other kind of support. On his knee or foot.

Jaylon Smith on Twitter

Focused vision, Determined belief, Earned dreams. #ClearEyeView

Remember that even after Jaylon was playing and practicing without a knee brace, he was still requiring an AFO brace to help with his foot drop.

Oh, how much one offseason can change things.

Mike Fisher, now of 247Sports.com, quoted Smith as saying, "I have more power and more flexibility now. And the dropfoot (issue) is fading. Absolutely!'' over on Scout.com, and there was this:

"As our colleague Bryan Broaddus has previously noted, it does seem that some of the testing is behind him, that the nerve is regenerating, that the repaired knee is stronger than ever and that more improvement is ahead of him. Smith's 6-2, 245-pound body is about as sculpted as is imaginable. His mind is sculpted, too, the result of his faith and his intellect and his personality and more. He suggests now that more improvement is inevitable, and that includes the medical improvement that is now, to him, simply "a matter of timing.'''

Mike Fisher - 105.3 The Fan and 247Sports.com

There is still a lot of hope around The Star and Cowboys Nation that Jaylon Smith can return to the All-American form that was projecting him as a top-five talent in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he's healthy and moving with better lateral movement and agility than he was in 2017, that's a huge step forward for Jaylon Smith and the Dallas Cowboys.

The progression of his knee and his confidence in said knee is going to be a huge determining factor in Dallas' plans to draft a linebacker. If they feel confident that he will be a more functional linebacker in 2018 than he was in 2017, then perhaps they could wait until day two or three to address the linebacker position.

We can't fully know their intentions as we get closer to draft day. How they address the linebacker position in the 2018 NFL Draft could give us an excellent indication of how they feel about Jaylon Smith's progression.

What we do know is that Jaylon Smith will never give up working toward being an elite middle linebacker. Let's hope he can realize his dreams. Everyone will be better for it.


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