After Wade Phillips was fired as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, many players expressed a feeling of responsibility in their coach’s fate. But no one was so clear in this feeling as was wide receiver Roy Williams. Williams takes total responsibility for Phillips’ ouster, and he was not shy in saying it on Wednesday.
“I never speak for anybody else but me, but I take it 100 percent,” Williams said, per the Dallas Morning News. “One-hundred percent players. When a coach throws you a bone, rests you, keep you off your feet and everything, all he is asking you is to go out there and win on Sunday. Be mentally prepared, know your stuff. We didn't do that and that's what happened.”
Williams, who has said before that he wants to coach after his playing career, continued that, in his mind, Phillips is more or less blameless for the team’s 1-7 record this season. Few around Dallas would agree with him on this point; but most would agree that the players are at least equally responsible.
“I would never take the glory away from players, and I would never blame my players for anything,” Williams said. “But in reality, we, as the Dallas Cowboys football team, got Wade fired. That's us. Nothing that he did was wrong. We just didn't play. We haven't played good this year.”
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