A mid-season trade brought the former Detroit Lion wide receiver to the Cowboys. After that not much was heard or even seen of Roy Williams! Until Friday! Then Roy Williams went on the offensive. Roy Williams spoke on Mike and Mike in the Morning on Friday morning and had some very insightful things to say about the practice habits of our beloved Dallas Cowboys, you can read those remarks here. With all the talking the Cowboy players seem to be doing, my first thought was "Oh No! Why can't you guys just keep your mouths shut?" Then Roy called in to Galloway & co. Friday afternoon, and my opinion changed.
I was a big advocate of bringing Mr.Williams to Dallas, and still am! If used properly, This guy adds a large element to this team. Unfortunately for him and us he was not only not used properly, but was hardly used at all!
I remember saying several times this year that this team needs to run more slant, crossing, and out routes. You cannot just run the same routes every time and expect different results! This however is what Jason Garrett and the offensive coaching staff repeatedly did.
At one point during the Galloway & Co. interview they asked Roy about how he or any other player on the Cowboys roster could be critical of the coaching staff, for the players failures. Roy had the best comeback you could ever ask for, "I agree with that for some players, but with other players like myself, sometimes your not put in a position too win on the field".
The questioning followed with this from Galloway; some very credible football people say that no one can be blamed for your failures except you. Roy drops this bit of knowledge on us; "you tell your NFL whoever it is that when your running the same route, every game and not being able to move and not being a part of the game. That's why you did not see much from me!"
Well now, does this sound familiar to anyone? Sounds an awful lot like another receiver we have! Now Roy's statement carries a little more weight with me just because Terrell was saying these same things even though he was being looked at 15 - 20 times per game!
Not much further along in the interview Roy makes a statement that really caught my ear, "I continue to have opposing teams corners ask me, why do they keep having you run this same pattern over and over again?" So let me get this straight, the Cowboys went out and made a trade for another receiver to take the pressure (double teams) off of T.O. then we completely refuse to get him involved. Does this make any since to any of you? Now some of you will say "Roy did not know the offense that well" and "well Roy was hurt" and on some levels you might have a point, but he was not hurt enough to not play and Roy himself said "the only difference in this offense is the terminology, it is the same I have been running in Detroit!".
I hope Jerry,Wade, and Jason were all listening to this interview. Why? All of those people spent all year long telling us that nothing was wrong with the offense, and we all spent the entire year agonizing over their piss poor play. Then in one sentence Roy Williams tells them what the rest of the league thinks of their offense, "why do they have you running this same pattern over and over again".
Translation? The Dallas Cowboys will run the same play, with the same formation the entire game, just play these routes and you can stop them! How can I come to that conclusion from one statement from one player? Well I can promise you if they are having one guy run the same route over and over again, they are doing the same to everyone else!
I have spent all the time I am going to spend on bashing this teams piss poor decision making. I am officially climbing down from my soapbox! With the season officially ending last night, with the Pittsburgh Steelers defeating the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl. It is now time for not only us here at A Cowboy Nation, but for everyone who are followers of the Cowboys to turn our attention to next year.
This team has all the tools to turn the ship around, and get things back going in the right direction. The interviews that Roy gave on Friday could have been taken many different ways by many different people. I however took them this way. Roy Williams wants to win and he is willing to do whatever is asked of him to make that happen. I think these players are tired of being called losers,quitters, and failures. I have asked all year for someone to stand up and fix the things that they have control of. I finally got what I was asking for from Roy Williams, when he said "when I first came here I would say for the first week or two during practice when a receiver or back caught the ball I was continuing to block until the play was dead. I looked around and no one else was doing that. So I stopped, but this year I do not care who is or who is not doing it, I am going to do it! and hopefully others will come with me. It is time for us to just shut up and play, and for me to take a larger roll in leading this team."
Dallas Cowboys Head Toward NFL Draft with No Glaring Needs
When the offseason began after the Dallas Cowboys fell to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round of the playoffs, it was clear that they were a team on the rise, but had several areas they needed to address as free agency and the draft approached.
The team had holes or depth issues at safety, defensive tackle, swing tackle, wide receiver, defensive end, and tight end. Through the first two weeks of free agency, the Dallas Cowboys have taken care of each of those areas.
With the signings of George Iloka, Christian Covington, Cameron Fleming, Randall Cobb, Tavon Austin, Kerry Hyder, and Jason Witten, The Dallas Cowboys have set themselves up to approach the draft with “clear eyes and a full heart.”
As they head into April with the NFL Draft looming, the Cowboys won’t be held back by positional need and can allow their draft board to do the work for them and just add good players. It’s an excellent position to be in as they don’t have to reach for a player at a position of need they may not like as much because they have a veteran presence filling that need.
Backup running back appears to be the only position where the Cowboys could use some depth, but that player for this team is more of a special teams player who gets limited snaps on offense because of the greatness of Ezekiel Elliott. It’s generally a position where there is a lot of talent deep in the draft and undrafted free agent pool, which allows the Cowboys to be patient filling that need behind the NFL’s leading rusher.
Mother than that, if the Dallas Cowboys has to go play a football game and win today, they’d be in great shape to do so.
On the flip side, however, the Cowboys can still add players at defensive tackle, wide receiver, tight end, safety, and defensive end because they aren’t restricted by big contracts to those veteran players. Each of them came to the Cowboys on one-year deals. The veterans that they signed would prohibit them from drafting at that same position, and that’s the point.
The Cowboys have created a formula that works really well for them. Sometimes it get frustrating watching the team not make any big splashes in free agency, especially that first week when other teams are bringing in big-name players to add to their rosters. That formula has led them to a 48-32 record over the last five seasons with three NFC East titles, and two playoff wins, and three divisional round appearances.
And the playoff runs could have been deeper with a bit of luck and correct officiating.
The Dallas Cowboys have set themselves up really well as they now set their sights on the NFL Draft at the end of April. Though they won’t have a first round pick to add to their talent pool, the Cowboys have shown that they can find talent in the second round and beyond. This year will be no different.
Now it’s time to sit back and trust the process.
Cowboys Have Had Quiet, Yet Successful, Free Agency
Yet another free agency without a big splash by the Dallas Cowboys. What a surprise. Despite entertaining Earl Thomas rumors for a long, long time, the Cowboys' front office has stuck with its philosophy of not overpaying free agents and building the team mainly through the NFL Draft. However, they've actually had some pretty good signings over the last few days that will really benefit the Cowboys when the season comes around.
They've done so with inexpensive free agents who will contribute at a high level on their respective positions. Sure, top free agent signings are fun. But many times, they end up backfiring to teams for spending so much money in one single player. At the end of the day, the Cowboys' way has gotten the team three NFC East Championships since 2014. Many factors come into play, but their team building philosophy can't be as bad as many claim it to be.
The most recent acquisition came in form of former Cincinnati Bengal and Minnesota Viking Safety George Iloka. The Cowboys had a desperate need at the defensive backfield and finally they've done something about it. On a heavy safety market, the Cowboys sat tight while watching the top free agents get top contracts around the league, including Landon Collins' record breaking deal with the Washington Redskins.
Now, they've gotten a guy who can play both safety positions. I'll be surprised if he doesn't take Jeff Heath's job. He's played as a free safety most of his career but being a good tackler, he should do a good job in the box. Iloka will also shine on special teams in Dallas.
So far, my favorite signing may be that of former Green Bay Packer, Randall Cobb. The Cowboys had an important need at the wide receiver position despite counting with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup leading the room. Cole Beasley is a tough guy to replace and although Cobb may not be a better slot receiver than him, he certainly has the experience and the skill set to be a starting slot WR. What's more, he'll only cost the Cowboys five million while Beasley got a four year deal with which he'll earn $17M over the first two years.
Cole Beasley will be missed, but the good thing is the front office did a pretty good job at filling the concerning hole on offense. Cooper, Gallup and Cobb are definitely not a bad starting trio to have.
Other under the radar moves will also help the Cowboys. Kerry Hyder may not be a well-known in the NFL but he'll surely contribute to this defensive line as a rotational player. Hyder had eight sacks in 2016 with the Detroit Lions before suffering an Achilles injury in 2017 and dealing with a scheme change last season. Hyder will surely be happy about being back to a 4-3 defense in Dallas.
Christian Covington was another overlooked signing. Covington will help on the interior of the defensive line and although he'll likely not be a starter, he'll be an important piece in the rotation for a very reasonable contract ( also a one-year deal).
For a football team that's constantly criticized for not being active in free agency, the Cowboys have done something at pretty much every position where they need help. Safety, defensive end, defensive tackle, wide receiver and tight end have all been addressed this offseason prior to the NFL Draft. This will give them great flexibility in April and could lead to a pretty good "best player available" strategy.
Now granted, there are still concerns regarding the young "to be extended" group of players. DeMarcus Lawrence hasn't reached an agreement with the Cowboys and will continue to postpone surgery until he does. If the front office doesn't strike a contract with the star pass rusher, it won't be possible to consider this offseason a good one no matter what happens. Dallas can't let him leave.
In the meantime though, they've had a pretty quiet yet successful March. And they're not done yet. Robert Quinn could end up wearing the Star if a trade with the Miami Dolphins does end up taking place. We'll see if the Cowboys continue to build on an already pretty good free agency.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
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