Posted: Wednesday September 20, 2006 3:01PM; Updated: Thursday September 21, 2006 11:19AM
Oh, and he also said after the Seattle game, "It was stupid how close we were to putting 40 points on the board." And then: "I'm saying when we play the way we are supposed to play, and there's no reason we shouldn't, there's no defense that can stop us. We are our only 'defense.'"
Well, that Lions "defense" was fierce Sunday in Chicago. Williams was held to 71 yards on six catches, didn't come close to scoring, and afterward told the Trib, ""What I said was, 'We will win this game if we do what we're supposed to do.'"
Since when do the Lions do what they're "supposed to do"? You mean like drafting a wide receiver in the first round three years in a row? (Speaking of which, Williams was the only one of those guys to suit up on Sunday. Even with Charles Rogers having recently been cut, Mike Williams, recently injured, was inactive for the second straight game. The coaches contend that Mike's fat and lazy. Mike thinks the coaches are scapegoating him and told the Detroit Free Press, "That's what I've been labeled: the poster boy for the new regime and what's wrong in Detroit. It's chicken [bleep], but you keep working. Keep working because I'm a ballplayer. That's what I do. I play ball." And then he added: "I'll just keep working, and whether it is fair or unfair, there is no room in this game for moaning." I think Mike's about as good at "not moaning" as Roy is at "not guaranteeing things that become guaranteed.")
By the way, watching Mike Furrey line up next to Roy Williams at wideout was hilarious. Yep. Mike Furrey. I'd never heard of him either. Probably because last year he started at safety for the Rams. Seriously, why don't the Lions try drafting more receivers? (Brilliant idea: Every Bears fan needs to adopt a pseudonym and make up a fake address and write fan letters to the Lions praising Matt Millen for ... well ... something. Just make up something that sounds good. Nothing will guarantee -- like that pun? -- more Bears wins in the coming years than Millen's remaining the team's president. Nothing. Tell the Lions brass you love Millen's mustache. It doesn't matter. Anything to get this guy another extension.)
Before Chicago crushed Detroit, after the Bears had skunked the Packers at Lambeau, 26-0, Bears players were asked during their weekly practices what they thought of Roy Williams' comments.
"They left 40 points on the field?" linebacker Lance Briggs sarcastically asked another Trib reporter. "Is that what he said? I didn't see any points on the board so I can't really say. I'm sure we were watching the same film, but I can't say I saw 40 points. But, hey, maybe he knows something we don't."
Yeah. Don't think so. Lions coach Rod Marinelli, after the Bears game, quipped to reporters, "In my life, there are no guarantees. He made a positive statement toward his teammates. [But] you want to do your talking with your pads."
He may want to tell that to Williams, who still didn't back down from his original statement.
"I believe in what I said," he continued. "We'll see Chicago again [Dec. 24]. We will win the game if we do what we're supposed to do."
And I will win the lottery if I pick all of the correct numbers.
By late December, I can guarantee one thing, however: The Lions definitely will be focused -- not on the Bears but on another top-10 draft pick.
Will they pick another receiver? It wouldn't be the dumbest guarantee you'll hear this season.
Justin Doom can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of his past columns can be found here.