Strong comments from Aikman on R. Williams
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
No matter where he shows up -- and on Tuesday he was at a Dallas-area Wingstop -- Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman is hounded about the state of the Dallas Cowboys. He's talked a lot about Tony Romo, but Tuesday his strongest opinion was reserved for wide receiver Roy Williams. Not normally known for hyperbole, Aikman delivered this gem after consuming three honey-dipped wings:
"If Roy Williams doesn't turn out to be the player that they thought he would be when they made the trade, I think this would be one of the biggest busts in the history of the league," said Aikman. "I don't think you can give up what the Cowboys gave up for somebody and not make that a sure bet. This isn't like drafting a No. 1 receiver out of the college draft and then saying, 'Well, we think he's got all the skills to be a great player for us.' ... I just think that when you have the chance to evaluate a player to the degree that the Cowboys were able to, and then to give up what you gave up, if he's not a No. 1 receiver and not a highly productive player for this team, that's a huge flaw within their scouting department."
To say this could potentially be one of the worst trades in the history of the league leads you to believe Aikman has his doubts about Williams. Perhaps that has something to do with Williams running around the field aimlessly for 10 games in '08. For my money, the Joey Galloway trade will be hard to approach in terms of a worst-case scenario. The Cowboys gave up first-round selections in the 2000 and 2001 drafts to acquire Galloway, who tore his ACL in his first game with the Cowboys and never lived to the club's expectations.
In other Aikman news, he had this to say about the release of Terrell Owens:
"I know others have said they don't believe you can get better by subtraction, but I do," he said. "It's hard to win in this league. It's hard to get the ball to everybody every week. When there's pressure on an organization to make a player happy, that is not how you win football games. ... When you start trying to make decisions to feed one player or two players, that becomes a problem."
Keep in mind that Aikman and Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett are close friends. Now I'm curious to hear your take on Aikman's comments on Williams. Let me hear from you.