Twelve years after retiring, Michael Irvin may still be having a positive effect on the Dallas passing game.
In a recent interview with KILT FM in Houston, Cowboys’ receiver Roy Williams was asked if he was motivated by the first round selection of Dez Bryant in last April’s draft. Williams said that he wasn’t, adding that he didn’t need any external motivation in preparing for what might be a crucial season to his career in 2010.
But when the Cowboys legend Irvin said that having Roy Williams on the field put Dallas at an automatic disadvantage--that they were essentially playing “10 versus 11”--it certainly didn’t hurt. Williams has said in the past that the remarks drew his attention, and, judging by his comments in the interview, he won’t likely forget the slight anytime soon. For Dallas fans, this is a good thing.
“If anything, Michael Irvin picked me up a little bit with the 10-on-11 comment,” Irvin told KILT, via the Dallas Morning News. “That really ticked me off and that’s taken me to another level. My thing is just be consistent, don’t worry about what everybody else says and just do my job.”
On Sunday, Williams indeed took it “to another level,” at least as far as his time in Dallas is concerned. Williams brought down five catches for 117 yards and a touchdown in the 27-13 victory over Houston, leaving some to wonder, why didn’t Irvin blast Williams a year and a half ago?
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