Apr 102009
 

One thing you do not have to worry about with the Dallas Cowboys’ former quarterback turned color analyst is whether or not he will mince words. When he was a player, Troy Aikman had the generic football-speak answer down so pat that people thought he had no personality. He seemed as dull as dirty dishwater. Now that he is free from carrying the burden of the most scrutinized position in professional football, he seems willing to tell it as it is…or at least as he sees it.

Last year, during the Philly game (the second one, where the giant egg was laid), Aikman criticized Roy Williams’ route running, among other things. Now, he is on record saying that if Roy Williams does not produce as a Dallas Cowboy, he will prove to be one of the biggest busts in the history of the league. His exact quote:

If Roy Williams doesn’t turn out to be the player 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.

Ouch! Those are some strong words. But is he right? I mean, sure, with the giving up of first and third round picks, an underperforming Williams would sure make this a bad trade, one reminiscent of the Terry Glenn mess. But one of the biggest busts in history? Let me throw out a few names to put that statement into perspective:

  • Ryan Leaf, 2nd overall pick in 1998, San Diego Chargers
  • Todd Marinovich, 24th pick in 1991, Los Angeles Raiders
  • Brian Bosworth, 1st overall pick, 1987 supplemental draft, Seattle Seahawks
  • Tony Mandarich, 2nd pick overall, 1989 draft, Green Bay Packers
  • Danny Noonan, 12th overall pick, 1987 draft, Dallas Cowboys

Those are a few names that come readily to mind. I am sure the reader may have a name or two to add to the legacy of infamy that is the first-round draft bust. Roy Williams would have to stink it up pretty badly to warrant having his bust beside those busts in the NFL hall of shame.

Here’s hoping Troy is wrong. Here’s hoping Roy will prove to be everything the Cowboys’ brain trust believed him to be. His talent is certainly not in question. That only leaves the matters of heart, head, and desire.

If Roy busts, then Troy’s words…

I just think that when you have the chance to evaluate a player to the degree 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

…may haunt this organization for years to come.

I doubt Aikman will ever throw Williams a pass, but he sure has hurled a heater right at his head. We’ll see if he catches it.