Perhaps Roy Williams should've taken a cue from his quarterback.
As detailed by Tim MacMahon on the DMN Cowboys Blog, speaking on criticism lobbed his way since he's been in Dallas--which is admittedly considerable though nothing compared to that lobbed at Tony Romo--Williams got a little iconoclastic on us, mentioning specifically the names of four Cowboys greats--Troy Aikman, Emmit Smith, Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders--in an otherwise cliched rant about proving people wrong.
"When I have guys, especially NFL greats and the greatest that played here in Dallas, saying that I can't get the job done and I'm not a No. 1," Williams said, "it makes me feel good."
"It makes me want to go out there and prove to them and everybody else across the world who listens to those guys - because obviously everybody thinks they know it all - that I can do my job," Williams continued.
The center of the Dallas Cowboys universe.
Cue the violin, or the Rocky music, I'm not sure which.
We get it.
Williams has been criticized. He's been criticized by the four aforementioned Cowboys. But this is Dallas. Hyper-kinetic criticism is as much a part of being a Cowboy as wearing the star on your helmet or kowtowing to Jerry Jones; this has been painfully clear at least since the early nineties when Skip Bayless took it to another level and baselessly questioned Troy Aikman's sexuality.
A cliched and fairly predictable statement, especially coming from Williams, he only went wrong mentioning specifically a group of people that, in the context of the Dallas Cowboys and their fans, reside firmly and comfortably on Mount Olympus.
Williams, in his tireless claims that no one likes him, signals a strong desire to be accepted by the community of fans and local media types, which he can achieve only through what he does on the field. If it helps, to this end, to listen to every bit of criticism from every angle, cram it down into a tightly packed ball of bitter motivation, that's fine too.
But there's no need to tell everyone about it.