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Roy Williams says he’s not in shape

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Three weeks after signing with the Bears, wide receiver Roy Williams says there’s something big he needs to improve before he can be the kind of contributor he wants to be in Chicago.

My conditioning,” Williams said, per John Mullin of CSNChicago.com. “Getting my wind right. You have to be able to run in this offense. Run all day long.”

Williams says it’s not his fault that he’s not in shape. According to Williams, there was nothing he could have done during the lockout to get himself into shape for a football season, because the only thing that gets you into football shape is playing football.

“I’m a firm believer in no matter what you do in the offseason, nothing will get you football ready except for playing football,” Williams said. “That’s what I believe. It’s tough. You can run all the hills and mountains that you want to, but when you get out here and play for four seconds and jog back to the huddle, that’s what gets you in shape.”

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said Williams appears to be getting closer to being in shape, and that he’s confident Williams will be ready to go a full game at full speed soon.

“Roy’s definitely getting back into shape, taking more plays every day,” Cutler said. “You can see more glimpses of Roy Williams each and every day.”

Soon, the Bears will want Williams to be in good enough shape that they can see more than just glimpses.

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103 Responses to “Roy Williams says he’s not in shape”
  1. cakemixa says: Aug 18, 2011 2:43 PM

    Maybe he can carry some rookie players’ pads to get some extra exercise.

  2. gregm5s7 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:43 PM

    Roy Williams? Poor Work Ethic? nahhhh.

    “You can run all the hills and mountains that you want to”

    Didn’t that one guy do that all the time? Something Rice?

  3. mvp43 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:43 PM

    Great pick up Lovie…..

  4. bailey76 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:44 PM

    IN OR OUT OF SHAPE THIS GUY IS A BUST

  5. zoxitic says: Aug 18, 2011 2:44 PM

    Hey Bears, you know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you feel like you’ve made a mistake in life?

    You got that feeling?

  6. test2402 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:44 PM

    You get paid millions of dollars just to be in shape and run down the field. Maybe catch a few balls a game. But yet you cant stay in shape? Bum.

  7. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 18, 2011 2:45 PM

    I’m starting to think that the laziness involved with mailing an engagement ring wasn’t an isolated incident…

  8. voiceofrealism says: Aug 18, 2011 2:45 PM

    You just said you weren’t in shape because you need to be able to RUN in this offense, RUN all day long. You could have easily done that. What a moron.

  9. lloydcarr1997 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:46 PM

    He should tell Jerry Rice that hills dont get you in shape.

  10. hobartbaker says: Aug 18, 2011 2:46 PM

    Cutler was disgusted that Roy came to camp sporting Fatty Neckrolls.

  11. dixon29 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:46 PM

    Maybe he should have called Jerry Rice to find out what he could do in the off season to stay in shape. Heck even T.O. or Chad Ochocinco could have helped him out.

  12. bigd4defense says: Aug 18, 2011 2:47 PM

    Great trade, Jerry.

  13. aaronp2098 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:47 PM

    Roy Williams was more worried about wondering if (s)he should ask a rookie to carry his pads in training camp then working out. Cause you can’t be in game shape with out playing the game…Or working out

  14. pnut87 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:48 PM

    You ever have that dream where you’re driving down the highway, then you wake up, and you’re driving down the highway? That’s Roy Williams in a nutshell.

    Take it as you will…

  15. therealsmiley says: Aug 18, 2011 2:49 PM

    “You can run all the hills and mountains that you want to”

    Yeah only great players do that stuff. Hail!!

  16. chrisbinjax says: Aug 18, 2011 2:49 PM

    Why do the Bears always go for the guys that are labeled “busts” or “done” and try to revive them instead of just paying the guys that have proven themselves has elite or very good?

  17. dexterismyhero says: Aug 18, 2011 2:49 PM

    Have him go to the hill that Walter used to run. Idiot WR.

  18. manofaiki says: Aug 18, 2011 2:49 PM

    What a tool. First he says his ‘wind’ isn’t where it needs to be, that he needs work on his ‘conditioning’.

    Then he says that ‘the only thing that gets you in shape for football is playing football’.

    Hey Roy – how many other WR’s and players on that Bears team showed up with good ‘wind’ and ‘conditioning’ when they had the same offseason time you did?

  19. jkosh says: Aug 18, 2011 2:50 PM

    Rice was all about running hills… Look where that ended up. Anyway Good luck to Roy… Hate to see talent wasted by work ethic.

  20. prior0knowledge says: Aug 18, 2011 2:50 PM

    so running hills and mountains does not help?
    what a tool!

  21. gdeli says: Aug 18, 2011 2:50 PM

    he does all this to himself. sad. I no longer feel sorry for him.

  22. mightyleemoon says: Aug 18, 2011 2:51 PM

    “You can run all the hills and mountains that you want to…”

    Sure, Roy. That’s what you were doing and why you’re panting after sprinting for 4 seconds now.

  23. billucf96 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:51 PM

    No…You actually have to run when playing football ?

  24. eagleseagleseagles says: Aug 18, 2011 2:51 PM

    how can you not stay in shape? all you have to do is run for 20 minutes on a treadmill

  25. cornersss says: Aug 18, 2011 2:51 PM

    “Williams says it’s not his fault that he’s not in shape. According to Williams, there was nothing he could have done during the lockout to get himself into shape for a football season, because the only thing that gets you into football shape is playing football.

    “I’m a firm believer in no matter what you do in the offseason, nothing will get you football ready except for playing football,””

    Well this is his career problem i think. Sure you cant get into “game” shape, but it sounds like you are having issues just keeping up.Are the other wr’s having issues, or just you?

  26. theoriginalvav says: Aug 18, 2011 2:51 PM

    Sometimes I just imagine how much easier life would be if I could unconsciously dumb things down to a Roy Williams-like level…

  27. achap39 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:52 PM

    Roy Williams comes to camp out of shape. In related news, the sun rose in the east this morning.

  28. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Aug 18, 2011 2:52 PM

    but when you get out here and play for four seconds and jog back to the huddle, that’s what gets you in shape.
    —————————–
    So….sprint for 4 seconds and then jog back…?

    I’m a firm believer in there are a lot of things you can do to get you in shape to play football that aren’t football.

    Troy Polamalu made a comment once about how he goes to camp to get out of shape.

  29. loganbrennan says: Aug 18, 2011 2:54 PM

    Walter payton is shaking his head somewhere…

  30. fezzy1 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:54 PM

    This guy is a clown suit. Blows my mind why he is on a NFL roster……

  31. gallopingghost says: Aug 18, 2011 2:54 PM

    Yea, I’m sure Walter Payton routinely running up and down that hill did nothing for his conditioning.

  32. fcs34 says: Aug 18, 2011 2:56 PM

    If Roy Willimas didn’t exist this blog would have to invent him.

  33. deepseabreeze says: Aug 18, 2011 2:56 PM

    even if he was in shape it wouldn’t matter. doesn’t change the fact he sucks

  34. hawghead says: Aug 18, 2011 2:56 PM

    Walter Payton was the man who ran the hill before Rice, no matter. Its alwasy been said all the training you do, you still aren’t football shape until training camp and preseason.

  35. cliverush says: Aug 18, 2011 2:58 PM

    Does Cutler appear to be in shape? Looking at the replay of the game he looked spent after one series.

  36. baned0n says: Aug 18, 2011 3:00 PM

    bigd4defense says:
    Aug 18, 2011 2:47 PM
    Great trade, Jerry.

    ===========

    Wasn’t a trade, genius.

  37. cowboysfan18 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:01 PM

    He’s should be in shape. Toting around all that money he stole from the Cowboys. What a Turd.

  38. beedubyatoo says: Aug 18, 2011 3:02 PM

    Well, Roy., there’s always bowling.

  39. golions1 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:03 PM

    Roy’s head will never be in shape.

  40. kevinfromphilly says: Aug 18, 2011 3:05 PM

    He’s in shape. “Question mark” is a shape.

  41. thephantomstranger says: Aug 18, 2011 3:06 PM

    “I’m a firm believer in no matter what you do in the offseason, nothing will get you football ready except for playing football,” Williams said. “That’s what I believe. It’s tough. You can run all the hills and mountains that you want to, but when you get out here and play for four seconds and jog back to the huddle, that’s what gets you in shape.”
    ___________

    So by definition then, every football player showed up to camp out of shape.

  42. jpb12 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:07 PM

    Three years of jogging in Dallas will also get you out of shape.

  43. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 18, 2011 3:07 PM

    baned0n says:
    Aug 18, 2011 3:00 PM
    bigd4defense says:
    Aug 18, 2011 2:47 PM
    Great trade, Jerry.

    ===========

    Wasn’t a trade, genius.

    ===========

    Yeah, it was more of a raping by Detroit!

  44. shippinguptoboston99 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:07 PM

    Roy who?

  45. snowpea84 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:09 PM

    Guy is going to have a great year. Seriously.

  46. trollhammer20 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:11 PM

    My favorite traning story is the workout that Walter Jones, the now-retired future Hall-of-Famer did in the offseason.

    He’d drive his Escalade to a nearby park that had a parking lot with a steady rate of incline. He’d park at the bottom, get out, and push all three tons of SUV up to the top. Then he’d jump behind the seat, coast back down, and do it again.

    I’m sure it had nothing to do with making him one of the all-time great LTs to play the game, though.

    Roy would have made some great ballast for that exercise.

  47. scudbot says: Aug 18, 2011 3:12 PM

    He could get in shape and help field conditions by dragging Gholston across the turf on his butt.

  48. phillyisinvading says: Aug 18, 2011 3:12 PM

    On another note…
    Vernon Gholston thinks he might be ready to get a Sack this season.

  49. beastson says: Aug 18, 2011 3:14 PM

    I got paid chump change in the Army and all I had to do was stay in shape to keep the job I love. I ran and then I ran some more. This guy can’t do it for millions of dollars? What a chump

  50. halasfan says: Aug 18, 2011 3:14 PM

    Been a Bears fan since I was a kid before we won a Super Bowl. Why is it they never worry about getting an O-line, QB, or WR. I am glad we finally got somehting that resembles a QB in the Indiana boy, (I grew up near Santa Claus) why not get a WR for him to throw too?

    Just one.

    Our return specialist DB isn’t a Wide Reciever. Never was and never will be. Now we get this clown…. If the Bears wanted an idiot WR why not go after one who could play, Moss or TO can say dumb stuff to reporter and they can catch…. I think the Rice could come back and do better than Roy and he will be 49 in Oct.

  51. allforfunnplay says: Aug 18, 2011 3:14 PM

    how hard is it to do sprints and run routes at full speed with football gear on during the offseason?

    Jerry Rice never had a problem with conditioning.

    Issac Bruce was part of Martz’s offense and he didn’t have any conditioning problems.

  52. cdallen77 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:15 PM

    …Though he did not spend his time during the lock-out getting in football shape, Roy did improve some of his on the field talents. “Oh definitely”, Williams explained after being asked if he had a daily regimen. “My first love is looking good when I signal for a first down. My trainer developed a resistant band and I would spend 15-20 minutes a day doing resistance training. The hardest part was getting my jaw up to speed so I can yell ‘first down’ as fast as I signal it with my hand. It’s a work in progress man…” Should Williams catch a first down this year, all eyes will inevitably be on him.

  53. phillycheez says: Aug 18, 2011 3:15 PM

    He’s like Randy Moss without the talent.

  54. expatpatfan says: Aug 18, 2011 3:15 PM

    He’ll compensate with his precise route runni…err, wait.

  55. football58 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:16 PM

    A bunch of fat bloggers telling someone they need to get in shape…funny!

  56. citizenstrange says: Aug 18, 2011 3:21 PM

    I’m not in shape, so don’t forget it
    It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
    And just because I call you up
    Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made
    I’m not in shape, no-no
    (It’s because…)
    /10cc-ed

  57. wtfru2 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:25 PM

    Cutler vouching for ya? Boy there’s a pair, one can’t run and the other won’t…..

  58. schmitty2 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:26 PM

    When asked to comment on his lazy attitude Roy’s ex fiance muttered “SHOCKING!”

  59. staff2cj4td says: Aug 18, 2011 3:26 PM

    sweet, we’ll be able to have Cory Williams cover him all game!

  60. patpgh says: Aug 18, 2011 3:28 PM

    “You can see more glimpses of Roy Williams each and every day…dropping passes…complaining about teammates…acting smug with the rookies…whining…he’ll fit in great here!”

  61. cowboy88 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:36 PM

    That’s funny, Roy! Other WR’s are in shape. They put in the effort. That’s why you will never live up to your potential. Slacker!

  62. prplpuzzetrz says: Aug 18, 2011 3:40 PM

    Roy is far from a bust, he will be a great receiver. He was solid in Detroit, the Cowboys way overpaid him, but he will definateky add alot to the Bears, I was hoping the Vikes picked him up, you could do Alot worse. He has certainly questionable off season habits but is solid

  63. mvp43 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:42 PM

    Maybe Roy should get engaged again and run to the UPS store…

  64. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 18, 2011 3:44 PM

    Williams is going to run circles around most of the wideouts you idiots draft on your fantasy teams. Don’t be surprised if, in another crappy looking year for the NFC, Williams and the Bears aren’t knocking on the door to a Super Bowl for a 2nd straight year.

  65. steelcity09 says: Aug 18, 2011 3:45 PM

    Hes still lazy.

  66. returnofmeezle says: Aug 18, 2011 3:48 PM

    I worked out in the same gym as Roy within the last 2 months, he spent maybe 45 minutes a session doing light weights…
    Very nice guy though

  67. effthenfl says: Aug 18, 2011 3:49 PM

    LOL.. thanks Roy for sabotaging teams all over the NFC over the years to make our job easier.

    Love,

    Eagles Fans

  68. m2karateman says: Aug 18, 2011 4:00 PM

    He could be in the best shape of his life, it still isn’t going to fix his “all about me” attitude or his greasy stone-like hands…..

  69. sfkforever says: Aug 18, 2011 4:05 PM

    5-11

  70. ladymacesq says: Aug 18, 2011 4:09 PM

    “I’m a firm believer in no matter what you do in the offseason, nothing will get you football ready except for playing football,””

    You can be a ‘firm believer’ in anything. Still makes you wrong. Fool.

  71. iminyrhead says: Aug 18, 2011 4:10 PM

    Hey Roy, you should be in pretty good shape right now considering that you spent your offseason chasing the engagement ring that your girl, who QUICKLY responded with a big fat NO!!! … HAHA … Good luck, Bears fan, with this DIVA … How many more 0-16 people do you need on your team, Marinelli, Williams … keep going!! …. lol

  72. davikes says: Aug 18, 2011 4:15 PM

    I’m not sure I remember this right, but didn’t Payton run up hills dragging a used tire behind him? People laugh at Ochocinco playing soccer, but I’ll bet he’s in pretty good shape.

  73. rajbais says: Aug 18, 2011 4:30 PM

    Couldn’t he have at least done Jay Glazer’s 15 minute workout?

  74. blastfurnaceknows says: Aug 18, 2011 4:31 PM

    In other breaking news, Roy Williams is lazy.

  75. lennyd10 says: Aug 18, 2011 4:32 PM

    People that don’t get it, don’t get that they don’t get. ie
    Roy Williams
    Jamacus Russell
    Albert Haynesworth

  76. green18blue52 says: Aug 18, 2011 4:34 PM

    Jerry Rice is rolling over in his grave….

  77. 7to10for6allday says: Aug 18, 2011 4:42 PM

    bigd4defense, u dummy! It wasn’t a trade. Jerrys kids cut him and Chicago signed him. And by the way shut your mouth bc Jerry sold the farm in trading with lions for him in the first place. Get some facts and come back and see me! Eagles rule, cowgirls drool!

  78. gatorsrock says: Aug 18, 2011 4:47 PM

    The grass is out of shape & now Roy too?

  79. snowpea84 says: Aug 18, 2011 4:49 PM

    Every year we hear players and coaches say you need camps to get in shape. Don’t act shocked when a players says it. They’ve said it before, and they will continue to say it. because it’s true. Especially in an offense that is going to heavily rely on WR’s.

  80. bigd4defense says: Aug 18, 2011 4:50 PM

    Hey dumb@sses I know Dallas didn’t trade him TO Chi. They traded FOR him FROM Detroit in what is probably the worst trade for the Cowboys since they sent two #1s for Galloway. Sorry if I’m moving a bit too fast for you.

  81. 1985bears says: Aug 18, 2011 5:09 PM

    sfkforever says:Aug 18, 2011 4:05 PM

    5-11
    ———————————-
    just like last year, right?

    bigger tool:
    sfkforever or trent dilfer… REACT AMERICA!

  82. kestagg says: Aug 18, 2011 5:10 PM

    i wish i could do that at my job… get hired and then tell them im not prepared to do what they hired me to do… this guy is the biggest joke or the smartest man in the nfl… he keeps finding work despite his track record

  83. tsimpson50 says: Aug 18, 2011 5:24 PM

    Great Job Roy! Those comments say a lot for your career. For those of you who wonder why the NFL contracts will NEVER be guaranteed, you have folks like Mr. Williams and Fat AL to thank for that.

    It almost makes me sick to hear them say this..

  84. jutts says: Aug 18, 2011 5:27 PM

    Please, cut him now.

  85. balzosteel says: Aug 18, 2011 5:38 PM

    As a Packer fan, I am delighted that he’s not on my team and playing for my least favorite team – the Bears. Delighted.

  86. gbgirl12 says: Aug 18, 2011 5:53 PM

    Roy Williams spent the off-season trying to get the wrong ring.

  87. mnfaninaz says: Aug 18, 2011 5:55 PM

    He’s like Randy Moss… only with downs.

    Devin Aromashodu > Roy Williams

  88. randolph32 says: Aug 18, 2011 6:01 PM

    The price for TO or Randy just went up for the Bears….Jerry is a D’Bag, just another debacle for him, but he’s use to them, cripes, when you look it up in Funk and Wagnell’s it’s got his big-headed picture there!!!

  89. vikesandravens78 says: Aug 18, 2011 6:03 PM

    Excuses are a dime a dozen Roy, everyone’s got one.

  90. MichaelEdits says: Aug 18, 2011 6:05 PM

    Different team, same loser.

  91. barneysbullet says: Aug 18, 2011 6:07 PM

    Hey Roy,

    I get the sense from the 85 above posts that JUST MAYBE you should work on that conditioning a bit more in the off season…MMM-KAY? (channeling Kartman’s teacher)

  92. gottapoop says: Aug 18, 2011 6:11 PM

    roy williams sucks

  93. bearfan51 says: Aug 18, 2011 6:26 PM

    I just love all the Hate for the Bears… haha.

    Just think guys, you will be watching out of shape Roy Williams in the playoffs this year!

    BEAR DOWN!!!!

  94. sambradfordismyhomeboy says: Aug 18, 2011 6:29 PM

    “Williams is going to run circles around most of the wideouts you idiots draft on your fantasy teams. Don’t be surprised if, in another crappy looking year for the NFC, Williams and the Bears aren’t knocking on the door to a Super Bowl for a 2nd straight year.”
    __________________________

    Run circles? As long as his legs are moving for 4 seconds or less… IDIOTS? Yeah folks, flush your fantasy team down the toilet and pass on Andre Johnson so you can draft the human corpse with a helmet. BTW, the ONLY way da Bears are knocking on anything is if all other teams they play this season disband and the da squares play them uncontested. And remember when the human corpse is running for those 4 seconds he’s dropping any ball that’s thrown anywhere near him.
    what a suck.

  95. ehatem says: Aug 18, 2011 6:34 PM

    The very first comment here startled me. Shocking, just shocking. I had no idea Roy Williams had 5 other relatives he could call up to disapprove of that comment.

  96. snccoach says: Aug 18, 2011 6:35 PM

    “but when you get out here and play for four seconds and jog back to the huddle, that’s what gets you in shape.”

    I’m not a doctor or anything, but if I was a locked out player I think I could figure out that the average play lasts 4 seconds, run my various routes (with or w/o a weighted vest to simulate pads) and jog back to an imaginary huddle. I could repeat that dozens of times. Man that was hard!

    UT is really pumping out some academic phenoms huh. WOW.

  97. thehouseofho says: Aug 18, 2011 6:41 PM

    baned0n says:
    Aug 18, 2011 3:00 PM
    bigd4defense says:
    Aug 18, 2011 2:47 PM
    Great trade, Jerry.

    ===========

    Wasn’t a trade, genius.

    ===========

    I think he was referring to the trade by Jerry Jones to get Roy Williams a few years ago, not the signing by Jerry Angelo.

  98. staffordsyear says: Aug 18, 2011 7:04 PM

    As a lions fan I would still like to thank the cowboys for takin this bum off our team…oh yeah and thanks for those draft picks!

  99. liontuss says: Aug 18, 2011 7:14 PM

    Walter Payton, my selection for #1 NFL player in history, is now turning over in his grave.

    As a Lion’s fan, I pity Chicago. This clown is a worthless idiot. I’m glad we fleeced the Cowboys with this loser.

  100. sieg1234 says: Aug 18, 2011 7:52 PM

    LoL @ you all not understanding…hilarious. I think Roy Williams is a joke, but i’ll bet 95% of the ppl posting on here posting things like “all you have to do is run for 20 min on a treadmill dumbass” have not spent 20 min on a treadmill in your life. Also, running long distances doesn’t put you in football shape. You also have to sprint in short bursts, you know to get your body used to using a lot of energy in 5-10 seconds for the course of 3 hours.

    He’s actually right, you can do all kinds of crazy stuff in the offseason to workout and still not be in game shape or even feel THAT close until you get out there. Maybe if you have played any sport in your life you might know that. But im sure the bright shiny screen in front of your face is occupying all of your time…yeah, i know im on one too, but im leaving right………….now.

  101. simalex says: Aug 18, 2011 8:03 PM

    “You can see more glimpses of Roy Williams each and every day,” says Cutler.

    The Cowboys would have liked to have seen a few glimpses of Roy Williams as well.

  102. veraky says: Aug 18, 2011 10:53 PM

    “LoL @ you all not understanding…hilarious. I think Roy Williams is a joke, but i’ll bet 95% of the ppl posting on here posting things like “all you have to do is run for 20 min on a treadmill dumbass” have not spent 20 min on a treadmill in your life. Also, running long distances doesn’t put you in football shape. You also have to sprint in short bursts, you know to get your body used to using a lot of energy in 5-10 seconds for the course of 3 hours.”

    Yea because it’s impossible to sprint for short bursts over a long period of time outside of playing football. If Roy had half a brain he could have easily done that and more with all the time off he had. Some people actually prepare for the work they do because you know they actually want to do good job/be good at it, Roy apparently isn’t one of them.

  103. buckeyeboi says: Aug 19, 2011 6:01 PM

    Roy don’t come back making excuses as to why you aren’t in shape. Many players did offseason workouts including Free Agents. Bears fans don’t wanna hear it. No excuses Roy. Go Bears!

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