Criticism for Roy Williams mounts in Chicago

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The moment Roy Williams arrived in Chicago, he was installed as the “No. 1” receiver, a guy who would start over last year’s leading receiver Johnny Knox.

This struck us odd.  So did the notion that Williams finally gave the Bears receiving group what they lacked: size or a “veteran presence.” It was as if Williams’ awful run in Dallas had never happened.

Three weeks into the Williams experiment, more folks in Chi-town are starting to wonder what’s going on.  Dan Pompeii of the Chicago Tribune writes that Williams has shown nothing in camp or in the preseason to prove he’s worthy of playing over Knox.

(Quite the opposite. Williams dropped two passes in the last preseason game and admitted his fitness level isn’t where it needs to be.)

Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times writes Tuesday that Williams needs to get in shape, blaming Williams’ conditioning for his struggles.

Somewhere, Jerry Jones sits smiling and happy that Williams is no longer the Cowboys’ problem.

87 responses to “Criticism for Roy Williams mounts in Chicago

  1. “Williams needs to get in shape, blaming his conditioning for his struggles.” Chicago needs a new GM, new coaches, new player personnel staff, new turf and perhaps new sports columnists.

  2. “Somewhere, Jerry Jones sits smiling, not surprised, and happy that Williams is no longer the Cowboys’ problem.”

    Then he thinks of the draft picks he gave up for that scrub and frowns.

  3. He’s actually still thinking about how he got screwed when he traded a 1st and 3rd for Roy.

  4. Why is it that when the Redskins dumped Fat Albert and Donovan McChoke for little to nothing, but still received draft picks for busts, everyone said they basically gave them away, and slammed the redskins for poor decisions. However when jerry jones gives away a boatload of picks for a crappy WR, and then dumps him for little to nothing when he busts, everyone can act like JJ is a Smart owner?

  5. It was the Cowboys problem that they gave him a boatload of cash and a 1st and 3rd round picks when no one else was close. The dude has had ONE 1,000 yard season and never more than 8 tds. Jerry Jones shouldnt be smiling..

  6. This is the same way of thinking that caused problems with Cedric Benson being given the job over a guy who produced in Thomas Jones.

    The Bears had a perfect opportunity to get rid of Jerry Angelo, Lovie Smith and Ted Phillips after the 2009 season and they did not do it.
    Instead they win the division, go to the NFC title game and extend Lovie’s contract.
    Now it is back to business as usual with these clowns.

    Lovie plays the guys that Angelo wants to justify his draft picks or free agent signings and that are what keeps Lovie on good terms with the Bears front office.
    The McCaskey’s love their good loyal soldiers instead of looking for someone better for the job.
    George Halas would have never stood for this crap.

  7. He runs poor routes, he is not fast, he drops alot of passes and he fumbles away games(new Orleans)he is not quick. He runs like a damn statue w that stiff upper body running style. These are all facts.

  8. 1) I didn’t want the Bears to sign him, and I’m not a fan, but at least they didn’t spend #1 money on him.

    2) Earl Bennett is better than Johnny Knox. Knox doesn’t fight for the ball at all, and I wouldn’t doubt that more than half the INTs that were targeted to Knox were Knox’s fault, be it bad routes, not fighting for the ball or batting the ball in the air for DB’s.

    Bennett is the closest thing the Bears have to a #1 receiver.

  9. What is going on with Chicago and receivers….I cant remember the last great receiver this team has had…Seems like they dont value the position too highly…

  10. Trading Roy Williams to the Cowboys was the best move Martin Mayhew made so far for the Lions. What a fleecing!

  11. The Lion’s management and coaches are probably laughing like hell about this. They not only screwed Jerrah, but now Roy is screwing a divisional rival. Double burn!

  12. zaggs says: Aug 24, 2011 8:57 AM

    “Somewhere, Jerry Jones sits smiling, not surprised, and happy that Williams is no longer the Cowboys’ problem.”

    Then he thinks of the draft picks he gave up for that scrub and frowns.
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    is his tightly stitched back face capable of frowning?

  13. Roy Williams could make the spectacular one handed catch’s but the one’s that hit him dead in the hands always seemed to be a problem, as a Lion’s fan Im so glad to see him on the Bears now

  14. We’ll soon be hearing that he didn’t get a “fair chance” in Chicago, right?

    Dude shows up admittedly out of shape (how’d that self-conditioning work for you players this lockout?) and feeling entitled. You’d think that a guy with this much to prove after last year, would show up a bit more, um, motivated???

    Not to worry about who’s carrying your pads now, Roy…. pretty soon you won’t have any.

  15. Ah Jerry Angelo…the best thing to happen to the rest of the NFC North since John Schoop…

  16. HE…CAN’T…CATCH.

    Plus he’s obviously lazy and not committed to his profession or he would have shown up in shape.

    Yet Lovie enables him because that’s what Lovie does.

  17. Wow. It’s preseason and people are already writing a guy off. If there had been summer camps, no one would have batted an eye at an adjustment period, but since it’s happening now that must mean he’s no good.

  18. rymag9 says:
    Aug 24, 2011 9:02 AM
    Why is it that when the Redskins dumped Fat Albert and Donovan McChoke for little to nothing, but still received draft picks for busts, everyone said they basically gave them away, and slammed the redskins for poor decisions. However when jerry jones gives away a boatload of picks for a crappy WR, and then dumps him for little to nothing when he busts, everyone can act like JJ is a Smart owner?
    ======================

    You’re absolutely right. Both owners are idiots.

  19. Based on the photo chosen for this article, Potash must have been referring to Williams’ hair conditioning.

  20. THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS is going hahahahahaha
    with that trade with the cowgirls, some people still think the Lions had a gun (on Jerry) when the deal was done.

  21. Someone please nail 95 reasons of why Roy Williams is a bum to the door of Mike Martz’s office.

    Williams only career goal is to have a rookie carry his pads on every team he ends up with.

  22. reality police: I assume you are talking about JJ and the Bears owner. There is no one to blame in DC anymore, Vinny was making the player moves. Snyder is the best Owner in Football, I dont see any other owner willing to spend or do whatever it necessary to try and build a winner like Snyder does. Granted he hasn’t, but I blame that on Vinny! Shanny is building a winner and it takes time to get the right pieces in place, I have full confidence in SHanny to lead us back to being the Top Dawg in the NFC EAST.

  23. Not only is he lazy, he’s an idiot.

    It shows Martz’s arrogance and complete incompetence that he installed a fat Williams as the starter over our best WR last season. I hope the damage isn’t irrevocable.

  24. Did no one in the Bears front office watch any tape of his time with the Cowboys? Over the past four years (three with the Cowboys) Williams failed to catch 40 balls and has only been over 80 once in his career (2006- Detroit). We won’t even go into the number of dropped passes in critical situations during his Cowboy tenure.

    The Bears signing Roy Williams to be their number 1 receiver has to be the most baffling move of the off-season.

  25. snowpea84 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:20 AM

    Wow. It’s preseason and people are already writing a guy off. If there had been summer camps, no one would have batted an eye at an adjustment period, but since it’s happening now that must mean he’s no good.

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    Yeah, that’s why Greg Olsen is thriving in Carolina.

  26. scudbot says:Aug 24, 2011 8:56 AM
    “Chicago needs a new GM, new coaches, new player personnel staff, new turf and perhaps new sports columnists.”

    Nah, just a new GM.
    Lovie Smith wins in spite of Jerry Angelo…
    I mean seriously, how many 4 pick drafts in a row can you go through with an aging roster?
    Plus, spending those very few draft picks on experiments like that QB Dan LaFelour(?) instead of a young RB or WR or LT or LG or C or RG or RT or CB…

  27. “Somewhere, Jerry Jones sits smiling, not surprised, and happy that Williams is no longer the Cowboys’ problem.

    Then he thinks of the draft picks he gave up for that scrub and frowns.”

    Actually, I’m pretty sure his many plastic surgeries has negated his ability to perform advanced facial movements like “smiling” or “frowning”.

  28. I don’t think jerry Jones will ever smile about anything that has to do with Roy Williams after what they gave up for him. When they made the trade I thought it was the worst trade I’ve ever seen but my views were dismissed bc I’m an Eagles fan and considered a HATER. What is.Chicago thinking? At his best he’s not a number 1 nor a number 2.

  29. The Bears continue to show that they are one of the biggest joke’s in the NFL.

    Bears
    Raiders
    Bills
    Bengals
    Lions (bandwagoners will disagree)

    All these teams are a joke from the owner down to the usher.

  30. Jerry Jones always looks like he’s smiling. Too many facelifts. Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions are smiling, because he was their problem to begin with, and they have as good a chance as the Cowboys as making the playoffs this year. Thanks for the draft picks, stupid!

  31. Mike Martz should have realized that he wasn’t getting the Roy Williams who was hungry and playing for his 2nd contract.

    Roy got his 2nd contract and now he’s chillin’.

  32. rymag9 says: Aug 24, 2011 9:36 AM

    reality police: I assume you are talking about JJ and the Bears owner. There is no one to blame in DC anymore, Vinny was making the player moves. Snyder is the best Owner in Football, I dont see any other owner willing to spend or do whatever it necessary to try and build a winner like Snyder does. Granted he hasn’t, but I blame that on Vinny! Shanny is building a winner and it takes time to get the right pieces in place, I have full confidence in SHanny to lead us back to being the Top Dawg in the NFC EAST.

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    Wow Rymag, you’re a delusional homer. The team in the NFC East that has made the playoffs 8 out of the last 10 years just made one of the biggest splashes in NFL free agent history. I’m pretty sure Snyder is NOT even the best owner in his own division, let alone in all of football. And good luck rebuilding your winner with Beck and Sexy Rexy.

  33. Hey Roy, I’ll carry your pads for you, right out to the curb that is. Thank you Mr. Angelo for another quality pickup. We would have been better off using Roy’s money to bring back someone like Olin or D. Manning, they could helped the team more than Roy. What other teams were even interested in the bum besides us??…..EXACTLY!!!! There were all kinds of quality WRs this short off season, somehow Angelo & Martz came up with this guy!!! Nothing but quality Management/Leadership in Chicago.

  34. Somewhere sits Lions GM Martin Mayhew laughing that Dallas gave Detroit 3 draft picks for a no-talent ass clown that never dedicated himself to being a professional and couldn’t catch a beachball, thrown underhand from 2 feet away

  35. I assure you Jerry isn’t smiling at all, in fact he’s still fuming about the bad decision he made….albeit privately. Being a very proud man, his biggest issue will always be his pride. Being a Dallas fan, we love his passion and cash he always spends, but every Dallas fan wishes he’d relenquish his GM hat at hire one with experience and tact. We love our Cowboys, but know until he officially gives up his reign, or unless Romo actually delivers in the postseason the fans like a ton of other fans are grinding teeth.

  36. What kind of pro offense doesn’t allow the quarterback to audible at the line of scrimmage when it’s apparent that the play call isn’t going to work the way the defense is aligned?

    Williams is just a symptom of a much larger problem.

  37. Martz is assuming he can make Williams into the player he once was… you know, because Martz is a football genius and all.

    Having said that, PRE-SEASON, people. If Roy is dropping balls & running lazy routes in week 3, I’ll add my voice to the mob to cut him.

  38. Signing him for cheap as a reclamation project might be understandable for certain teams.

    Signing him as your #1 WR and sending your previous #1 down to #4 at best is idiotic. Mike Martz, the NFL has passed you by, just like it has Roy Williams.

  39. Williams was a workout wonder who somehow conned GMs into thinking he could play. They look at his size and athletic ability and think that equals football player. WRONG, you need skills and a work ethic. That’s something the GMs and draft gurus can’t measure.

  40. “tformation says:
    Aug 24, 2011 11:46 AM
    Having said that, PRE-SEASON, people. If Roy is dropping balls & running lazy routes in week 3, I’ll add my voice to the mob to cut him.”
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    Why take up a valuable roster spot for someone who won’t contribute much? Why give a spot to a lazy cancer?

  41. This proves exactly what I have thought all along. Lovey is overrated and does not know what he is doing. I am glad Roy joined the Bears. I love it. Packer Fans everywhere are smiling. I hope the Bears sign Lovey and Roy to long term contracts.

  42. Wow. Bears fans are starting to realize they’re screwed — but probably not HOW screwed — by bad decision making in the front office.

    With Ruskell calling some of these shots, the Seahawks 2.0 parallels are starting to mount: losing Steven Hutch– I mean Olin Kruetz due to FO bumbling, getting a high-priced WR free agent who underperforms once signed, putting a fragile QB behind a deteriorating line, the hits keep on coming.

    Get used to an ugly long-term trend. 9-7 this year, maybe next, then a long stretch of 4-12.

  43. This one stings cause the Bears are my Team. Even though I live in Boston. I grew up in Chi-Town. Iwas there for the rings. I love Da Bears. I hated this move. After watching them Monday. I hate it even more. Roy Williams can’t catch a pass in traffic if his life depended on! Because he has no courage and poor route running skills. THis dude runs away from contact. Not toward it. Catching the ball is always secondary to him vs protecting his azzz. That doomed him in Dallas. And it will in Chicago. But the confidence damage has already been done to the promising Johnny Knox.

    Those idiots already had what they needed! He was just playing out of position. They should have kept Greg Olsen. Moved him to outside receiver to run control and “Red Zone routes. And made him a Plaxico/Brandon Marshall type big beast of a wideout. Now they are stuck with this no playing clown. Whoever called the Olsen and Williams shots should be fired before the season starts! Matt Millen lives on in Chicago now. Ouch!

  44. Roy Williams is the perfect compliment for that whining, sniveling little brat Jay Cutler.

    I couldn’t have imagined a better script if I tried.

    Cutler getting clobbered every other play due to a severe lack of blocking and nobody to throw to anyway.

    Add in the fact that the Broncos got two #1 draft picks and Kyle Orton in the deal and it just gets even better.

    THANKS CHICAGO…LETS TALK SOON…TEBOW MAY BE AVAILABLE SOON…CALL US!!!

  45. Roy Williams is worthless just like the rest of the bears receivers. None of those chumps would even make the team in Green Bay. Have a fun season rooting for a bunch of hacks on your way to a top 10 draft pick…ha

    Go packers

  46. The Bears do not have a single receiver who can be counted on to catch the ball in third down or Goal Line situations. Hester looked pathetic tripping over his own feet in a wide open goal line play. This stuff is not Jay Cutler’s fault. The Bears are wasting the potential of a very promising QB with a bad OL and terrible receiver options.

    With Roy Williams and even Hester, A big play is when they actually just catch the ball. Forget about first down or touchdown. Referees never call Pass interference for them because they know they can’t catch it anyway. Like Muhsin Muhammad said; “the Bears is where good receivers go to die”.

    I see the Lions passing this team in 2011. I see the Central going; 1) Packers; 2) Vikings; 3) Lions; 4) Bears.

  47. bnwpnw says:Aug 24, 2011 12:45 PM

    Wow. Bears fans are starting to realize they’re screwed — but probably not HOW screwed — by bad decision making in the front office.

    With Ruskell calling some of these shots, the Seahawks 2.0 parallels are starting to mount: losing Steven Hutch– I mean Olin Kruetz due to FO bumbling, getting a high-priced WR free agent who underperforms once signed, putting a fragile QB behind a deteriorating line, the hits keep on coming.

    Get used to an ugly long-term trend. 9-7 this year, maybe next, then a long stretch of 4-12.
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    +1

    Any organization that hired Ruskell after the debacle that took place in Seattle during his tenure cannot possibly be on the right track.

    To summarize: Lost Hutchinson. Overpaid Alexander, a RB who turned 30 shortly after signing his deal. Offensive line disintegrated, with old, hurt players brought in to try to help fix it. Blown first-round picks (Lawrence Jackson, Aaron Curry, Kelly Jennings, and a #1 traded to NE for Deion Branch). Paid Houshmanzadeh, a 32 year old WR at the time, $40 million for a five-year deal.

    Ruskell was fired about 20 months ago. Of the Seahawks’ projected starting offense this year, there is exactly one player left, center Max Unger, who was acquired during Ruskell’s tenure with the team.

  48. juanhughjazz says: Aug 24, 2011 9:21 AM

    Roy Williams is the bizarro former Lions player. Usually they play better when they leave Detroit.
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    You mean like Joey Harrington? Charles Rodgers? Shaun Rogers? Daunte Culpepper? Ernie Sims? C’mon on, WHO EXACTLY??? Oh, Mike Williams…that’s right…even though his numbers STILL were not worthy of his draft position last season NOR would he even be playing for a team NOT coached by Pete Carroll

  49. I love Roy. He gets so much undeserved hate. He’s got eight less career TD’s than Andre Johnson in two less seasons, has averaged nearly 15 YPC in his career and led the NFC in receiving just a few years ago… and yet he’s made out to be just about the worst player in the NFL.

    (and no, I’m not saying he’s better than Andre)

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