Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
IRVING -- Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams was playing the "poor me" card pretty heavily Wednesday at Valley Ranch. He thinks the criticism of his play last season was unfair and that he's being made a scapegoat by the media -- as well as former running back and current pork salesman Emmitt Smith. Asked if he's tired of his ability being questioned, here's what Williams had to say:
"I am. I can’t speak for the group, but I am," Williams said. "The T.O. question we can understand, because he’s a Hall of Famer and he left. Can I fill the void? It’s not just me. All the guys are going to have to fill that void. But obviously we all suck. Come Sunday, we’ll see if we suck or not.
When a reporter attempted to follow up, Williams responded, "We don’t have anything else to talk about, so we try to find something, so let’s stick on the receivers because the guy that we always used to talk to and talk about is not here anymore. So let’s just try to make something up. Let’s just put the question out there: Can these guys do it? We know who we are. We know who we are as a group. We know who we are individually. So that never comes up."
Williams then spoke of a media-driven conspiracy to sully his good name: "It’s the guys who ain’t here, either. They’re in the same boat as you guys. They’re media guys too, now. They don’t come in here. They don’t come to practice. They don’t sit here and watch the film -- practice film, game film. They might say they do, but you can’t tell me they sit there and watch that stuff. C’mon out to practice and see how we do, see how we work and you tell us how good we are."
Whatever. I'm so ready for the season to start, so we can put some of this stuff to rest. Williams will have a chance to answer his critics. Honestly, though, I'm not sure why he lets them affect him so much. In one other interesting development, Michael Irvin went on his Dallas radio show (ESPN 10.3.3) and said that Emmitt was starting to sound like former Giants running back Tiki Barber.