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Ex-QB Joe Theismann no fan of Bears WR Roy Williams


Joe Theismann

Joe Theismann

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Updated: November 15, 2011 8:43AM



Former Pro Bowl quarterback Joe Theismann, an analyst for NFL Network, didn’t mask his disdain for Bears receiver Roy Williams.

In an episode of ‘‘No Huddle’’ on the network Wednesday, Theismann teed off on Williams.

‘‘Roy Williams will never be a quality receiver in the National Football League because he doesn’t have what it takes,’’ Theismann said.

He then addressed Williams directly.

‘‘Roy, if you’re listening, I’m saying it right to you: You have to make a decision that you want to play football as a professional,’’ Theismann said, ‘‘not as somebody who’s entitled because somebody was not thinking when they gave up two
No. 1 [draft picks] for you.’’

Theismann was referring to the first-, third- and sixth-round picks the Dallas Cowboys traded to the Detroit Lions for Williams in October 2008.

Williams, whom the Lions picked with the seventh overall choice in the 2004 draft, was a Pro Bowl
selection in 2006.

Informed of Theismann’s comments, Williams shrugged and largely dismissed them.

‘‘It doesn’t bother me,’’ Williams said. ‘‘He [talks about] the Dallas thing. I know what happened in ­Dallas, and he doesn’t know what happened in Dallas.’’

Williams, though, isn’t a stranger to criticism.

‘‘You’ve got to blame it on somebody; why not blame it on the guy who was 0-for-4?’’ Williams said, referring to the fact he didn’t catch any of the four passes intended for him Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. ‘‘But I love it. Obviously, you’re paying attention to me.

‘‘If I’m wrong, I’ll be the first one to tell you. If I’m not and you try to put it on me, I’ll take it and take the heat off of someone else. I’ve done that [before].’’

Theismann also isn’t a big fan of the Bears’ receivers, in general.

Johnny Knox and undrafted rookie Dane Sanzenbacher are tied for the team lead with nine catches, but only Sanzenbacher has caught a touchdown. He has two, in fact.

‘‘The Bears, the wide receiving corps is nonexistent,’’ Theismann said. ‘‘We don’t even know that Jay Cutler is getting better because he’s spending a lot of time doing everything going backward.’’



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