First, it was Roy Williams.
He's not explosive. He's not fast. He doesn't run good routes. He's not a practice guy. The words of ESPN analysts like Skip Bayless just saying something to get everyone riled up?
No. The words of ex-Cowboys players.
"I don’t know. I don’t know if it's possible," said Emmitt Smith about Roy Williams. "I do not see him as a No. 1. I never have saw him as a No. 1. Never have. When I say No. 1, I mean your No. 1 go-to guy. He's not your No. 1 go-to guy."
And Emmitt is not alone in his thoughts on Williams.
"Just because the Cowboys gave up a one, a three and a six," said Michael Irvin. "What was he doing being overweight? It didn't look like he could get open. It was not 'wow', 'wow', 'wow' after he got here."
Of course, it's no surprise that Deion Sanders, whose friendship with Terrell Owens is no secret, wasn't exactly keen on Roy Williams either.
"Well he's big, not fast, not great feet. Not running great routes and really not a practice guy and practice is where you find timing," Sanders said in an interview, adding, "I'm trying to be polite."
And now, a week after throwing for a career high 353 yards with three TDs and no picks, Tony Romo has a bad game against the Giants and is now taking the wrath of former Cowboys as well, with Tony Dorsett coming out against him this week.
Isn't it time for the ex-Cowboys to just shut up and let the current Cowboys play some football?
Think on this: The New York Giants are considered one of the elite teams in the NFL right now, and even with Tony Romo having one of his worst days as a pro, the Cowboys came within a bad bounce of a tipped ball of beating them. In fact, it was really fluke plays and bad bounces more than Tony Romo interceptions that put the Giants on top of the Cowboys.
And every quarterback has a bad day, which might explain why Troy Aikman hasn't jumped on the bandwagon as hard as these non-QB ex-Cowboys.
Peyton Manning, a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame one day, threw six interceptions in a loss to San Diego in 2007. Tom Brady threw four interceptions in a loss to the Colts in 2006, and Drew Brees posted a nice four-interception game in a loss to the Titans in 2007. And that's perhaps the three best QBs in the game right now.
Should we go through the Hall of Fame and put an asterisk next to every QB who had a bad day? I think we'd be plopping down a lot of asterisks. The only quarterbacks who have never had a real stinker of the game are backups who never really played enough to have a stinker.
Here's one good thing about Romo's performance in the Giants game: They weren't bad decisions. A few of them might look like bad decisions, but they were all thrown to open receivers.
That first pick-six when the Giants changed to a Cover Two coverage? The receiver was running a route toward a hole in the coverage, Tony just threw a bad pass. The bomb to Sam Hurd? The safety was playing too deep, which made Hurd wide open. It was just a horribly overthrown ball. And, of course, the fluke play to Jason Witten was also a bad throw.
That's going to happen. Quarterbacks are going to have a bad day, but at least it was a matter of aim and not decision making. We know that Romo is one of the more accurate passers in the game—so we know he'll bounce back from that—it's always been his decisions that has made him one of the most turnover-prone QBs in the league.
As for the ex-Cowboys? Maybe they should just shut up and enjoy the season.