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Irvin: With Roy on the Field, Cowboys Are Playing "10 Versus 11"

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Irvin: With Roy on the Field, Cowboys Are Playing "10 Versus 11"

Jane Geelan-Sayres/NBCDFW.com

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Embattled receiver Roy Williams has weathered a good deal of shots from Cowboys’ legends before--so many, in fact, it's getting a bit hard to keep up.

Offhand, we recall Deion Sanders predicting that all hell would break loose in 2009 with Williams as the team’s no. 1; we recall Emmitt Smith openly doubting that Williams could make up for Terrell Owens’ production; we also recall, well into last season, Michael Irvin compounding Williams’ already considerable woes by saying that, when attempting to give the receivers advice, Williams didn’t listen while Miles Austin (who at this point was emerging as the team’s go-to-receiver) did.

Luckily for Dallas, all hell didn’t break loose. Austin made up for the void in production at receiver while Williams struggled through most of the season, which ended with the team’s first playoff victory in 13 years. With Austin no longer a secret, and the playoff-monkey off their backs somewhat, the Cowboys are once again a sexy pick for the Super Bowl. Which brings us back to Williams, and the criticism of his Cowboy predecessors.

On the NFL Network, the aforementioned Irvin recently picked the San Diego Chargers to win the Super Bowl. After weathering some playful ribbing from his colleagues over picking the Chargers over his Cowboys, Irvin had this to say, per Blogging the Boys:

"I won’t take Dallas until Dallas has whatever it needs to stop playing 10 versus 11,” Irvin said. “And with Roy Williams on the field, they are playing 10 versus 11. Now, if they put the young boy Dez Bryant in, you better believe I’ll take Dallas."

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