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Dominic Raiola on Roy Williams: “He’s a frontrunner”

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With the Lions and Cowboys facing off this week, we’ve had the chance to revisit Roy Williams’ epic run in Detroit.

We’ve even heard the argument that the Lions didn’t “win” the trade with Dallas because their draft picks didn’t work that well, which is one of the more insane things of all time.  It was a terrible trade for Dallas.  Just giving Williams the contract he got was a disaster.

Asked to explain some of his struggles in Detroit this week, Williams said it was in part due to a shoddy offensive line.  Lions center Dominic Raiola, who was there during Williams’ stay, happily fired back.

“That’s coming from a guy who checked out of here,” Raiola told Tom Kowalski of MLive.com. “He never wanted to be here. I don’t even think he’s the top receiver in Dallas anymore. If he wants to throw shots, we can throw shots back, too. Pretty much what I’m saying is that Roy’s a frontrunner. If he wants to talk [bleep] about us, that’s what I’m going to give you.”

Given that opening, Raiola was told that Williams explained his recent lack of production by saying, “Well, I just make the plays when they come to me.”

Raiola wasn’t surprised.

“Sounds about right – ‘It’s not my fault.’ That’s Roy.”

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21 Responses to “Dominic Raiola on Roy Williams: “He’s a frontrunner””
  1. bobbybythepound says: Nov 19, 2010 4:14 PM

    Well one things for sure, you can’t blame T.O.

  2. mt99808 says: Nov 19, 2010 4:18 PM

    Raiola should probably shut his mouth considering he’s the main reason the Lions can’t establish a running game. Every running play you’ll find Dom 2-3 yards in the backfield.

  3. superawesomeasskicker says: Nov 19, 2010 4:21 PM

    My FIRST thought was that I’d rather have Raiola than Roy Williams on my fantasy team. The Lions aren’t the “same old Lions” anymore. They now know what a first down is without Roy Williams showing them.

  4. superawesomeasskicker says: Nov 19, 2010 4:23 PM

    Sorry Roy, but maybe you should learn some other officiating signals…like the incomplete pass.

  5. xanderslugger says: Nov 19, 2010 4:27 PM

    Roy needs to shut the [bleep] up. I remember when he and Kitna guaranteed that the Lions would get 10 wins and make the playoffs and they choked. Didn’t he say the Cowboys were still going to make the playoffs just a couple of weeks ago? What an idiot. I hope Megatron has a huge game on Sunday. And even if the Cowboys make the playoffs this year (which we all know they won’t), it would be because of Dez.

  6. jameswestphal says: Nov 19, 2010 4:29 PM

    Roy Will, you kind of just got owned.

  7. fartography says: Nov 19, 2010 4:32 PM

    Raiola should really keep his mouth shut. He’s been in Detroit the entire Millen losing stretch and he’s a big part of the problem. This is the same guy who, on multiple occasions, flipped the bird to the few Lions fans crazy enough to pay for tickets at Ford Field.

    Former Lions have a history of beating the crap out of us in reunion games. Joey Harrington and Artose Pinner, most recently. I expect more of the same from Williams this weekend.

  8. nightman13 says: Nov 19, 2010 4:32 PM

    The Lions took Brandon Pettigrew with one of those picks and he’s a top 6 TE in the league. There are only two categories Roy is in the top 6 of, highest paid and drops.

  9. *Legion* says: Nov 19, 2010 4:33 PM

    >> “We’ve even heard the argument that the Lions didn’t “win” the trade with Dallas because their draft picks didn’t work that well,”

    Um, what?

    Brandon Pettigrew is becoming one of the better TEs in the league.

    What complete moron is saying that Detroit’s draft picks (at least, the 1st rounder they got in the deal) isn’t “working out”??

  10. ejtowne says: Nov 19, 2010 4:44 PM

    Some players just never pan out once they hit the NFL. College football is not much different than H.S. ball, but that next level, well… thats a big jump. Just think of how many promising college stars there are that fall flat on their faces once they make it to the pro’s. Roy Williams is not the first, nor will he be the last.

  11. thenext1 says: Nov 19, 2010 4:53 PM

    is there anyone who actually DOES want to be in detroit for any reason?

    cant blame roy for wanting to get out of there. 60% of the population was already gone by the time he finally made his escape.

  12. superawesomeasskicker says: Nov 19, 2010 4:54 PM

    Raiola’s a joke, too. He’s way too undersized and talks way too much. It doesn’t matter how good you are at recognizing defenses or making line calls (or anything else coaches see in him) if you’re getting blown-up every play. Whenever he pops off at the mouth like this, I’m reminded of a chihuahua growling at a pitbull.

  13. gosuhgo says: Nov 19, 2010 4:56 PM

    Me on Dominic Raiola: “He’s the worst center in the
    NFL.”

  14. mean13 says: Nov 19, 2010 5:12 PM

    What the Brokeback Mountain Boys gave Detroit for Royboy as well as the ridiculous contract that they gave Royboy himself has to be one of the worst trades of the decade.

  15. juanhughjazz says: Nov 19, 2010 5:27 PM

    thenext1 says:
    Nov 19, 2010 4:53 PM
    is there anyone who actually DOES want to be in detroit for any reason?

    cant blame roy for wanting to get out of there. 60% of the population was already gone by the time he finally made his escape.

    Detroit has much to offer. People that have spent any amount of time there realize that. Don’t believe the hype.

  16. broncobeta says: Nov 19, 2010 5:46 PM

    Roy Williams may be a lot of things, but in this case he’s right.

    Raiola is terrible.

  17. kwantam says: Nov 19, 2010 5:51 PM

    > We’ve even heard the argument that the Lions didn’t “win” the trade with Dallas because their draft picks didn’t work that well, which is one of the more insane things of all time. It was a terrible trade for Dallas. Just giving Williams the contract he got was a disaster.

    Your argument commits the excluded middle fallacy. It’s entirely possible for both teams to have lost on the trade.

  18. bodybaggame says: Nov 19, 2010 6:02 PM

    Roy Who?

  19. Manbearpig says: Nov 19, 2010 8:58 PM

    Asked to explain some of his struggles in Detroit this week, Williams said it was in part due to a shoddy offensive line. Lions center Dominic Raiola, who was there during Williams’ stay, happily fired back.

    _________________

    What struggles did Roy have in Detroit this week? Why would he be in Detroit? I thought he was traded to the Cowboys.

    Also, you say the trade was “one of the more insane things of all time.” Where exactly does it rank on that list? And can I see a copy of the list? I wonder if it’s just a general list on the Internet somewhere, or if it’s actually locked up somewhere like the Constitution. I do know what would rank No. 1, though.

    “The Most Insane Things of All Time.”

    1. Florio hiring Rosenthal to write for PFT

  20. bamalion3 says: Nov 19, 2010 9:39 PM

    Roy just came out and said the truth. And the truth is, the O-line is still shoddy.

    And Roy is a homer. When Megatron came to town he realized his talent was dwarfed so he ran away to Texas.
    I think the Pettigrew pick is working out.
    But detroit did trade for Tony Scheffler.
    So.
    Would you rather have Nate Burleson as a #2 or Roy Williams?
    I think ill take Roy with a side of ‘shut your dumb texas mouth.’

  21. mt99808 says: Nov 20, 2010 2:18 AM

    Roy is so nothing as a player yet he’s right on the ball with the Lions biggest problem. Every time someone criticizes the Lion’s O-line Raiola is all over everyone. Time for them and him especially to be called out for the giant hole in the offense he is.

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