Loquacious Williams a man of many words

Colorful and loquacious Detroit WR Roy Williams, the NFC leader in receiving yards, talks Lions and 49ers and gives his straightforward takes on a multitude of subjects regarding the two teams, including how Mike Martz's new offense is fitting in with the Lions, how former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci didn't fit in as head coach in Detroit, and where Williams now fits in among the NFL's elite WRs.

On the overall vibe of the team: "It's better this year than in most years. Last year, if we were 2-6 at this time there wouldn't be a lot of smiling faces, or a happy locker room. This is a very positive football team. If you come in our locker room, even when we were 1-6, we had guys in there having a good time. We had offensive guys playing with the defensive guys, playing dominoes, cards and having a good time. In the past, there had been a split in the locker room with the offense on one side and the defense on the other."

On attributes to the team's cohesiveness: "I think the coaching staff. I think guys believe in each other. There was a point where the media and the fans tried to turn the offense against the defense because the offense was playing well and the defense was giving up points. We didn't let that get to us. We're going to stay together. A good example of that would be last week against Atlanta it was an overall team victory."

On watching St. Louis Rams film: "We watched a whole lot in training camp. Once we started getting ourselves on film running the same offense, we veered off from the St. Louis games."

On the differences in Mike Martz's offensive system to Detroit's old one: "Getting the ball on the run and letting me use my speed as a weapon. I'm a big guy with a size 16 shoe, and I can run. That's the big difference. Instead of catching a hitch, I'm catching a 10 or 20-yard in route and trying to out run the back of the defense."

On learning Martz's system in the beginning: "He was very demanding and he uses very choice words. He's a great coach. He's the kind of coach that gets you to play to the best of your ability. You are going to listen to him, because he is a proven winner in this offense and he's got a great track record so you know what you are getting out of him."

On the offense getting better from week-to-week: "Yeah, and sometimes you wish that you could start the season over because we've been clicking for the last four or five weeks. Our job is to outscore our opponent. If the defense gives up 24 points, our job is to score 25."

On if Martz is happy to this point about the offense: "He wants more. He always wants more. The one thing he always says is that once you think you got it, you don't and you are done. If you come to work saying that you are at the top of your game and you don't need to learn anything else you need to retire. Everyday you can learn something and get better. He says that for himself too. Today he said that he learns something everyday. Watching the quarterbacks he says maybe he can teach them something a little different and the wide receivers something different as well."

On if he is Isaac Bruce or Torry Holt in the offense: "I'm the Torry Holt of the offense."

On the 49ers: "We really like their defensive line. Their defensive line is really good and they are going to come after us. I know that we are in the bottom of the league in giving up sacks so it is going to be a good challenge for our offensive line against their defensive line. Their secondary, we think they are OK. They'll pose some challenges for us on the outside, but the way they are clicking right now, it's going to be a pretty good game."

On how defenders defend him:"I've seen a little mixture. The Jets tried to take me out with double coverage. I haven't seen that, but we practiced that all last week. Atlanta tried to mix and match, which is what the Jets did, and I defeated that. They tried to play me man-to-man, which I don't think anyone in America can do."

On the Lions investing a lot in WRs: "I don't know. I wasn't a Lions fan before this so I didn't know what they needed. I think for seven or eight years they drafted offensive players, so I don't know if they needed points or what. It's probably logic in drafting, and they wanted three guys who were big and could run, and that's what they got. It's too bad that we all didn't pan out. I always thought we could have been the best thing in NFL history."

On Steve Mariucci's biggest fault in Detroit: "I love coach Mariucci, and I would love to play for him at any point in my career once, or if he gets back into coaching. I think he had a very young football team, and his coaching was geared towards a veteran football team. He needed guys who already knew what to do and would do it, and we weren't up to that point when he was here."

On if the search for a third wide receiver has affected him: "No, not at all. I know what I'm going to get on my side, and if you try and take me away you have to deal with Mike Furrey on the other side. Mike is getting a lot of respect in this league, but we do need a third or fourth wide receiver to step up. That was a point of interest today, so I know guys are going to go out there, try to make plays, and get it done."

On Mike Williams and if he came in with the work ethic to be successful: "I think he did, but I think there were some other issues that I don't know about that are keeping him from playing. He's a heck of a talent, a good receiver there are just some things that as a football team we don't know. Mike Williams and management probably have an understanding of what the problem is."

On where he fits in with the NFL's top receivers: "I would say in the top 10. You still have Steve Smith, Marvin Harrison, and Torry Holt. Those guys are the elite of this elite group that we call the NFL. When you say those names, you know who they are and when you say my name you don't know if you are talking about Detroit or Dallas."

On if the rock is still in the locker room: "Yeah, pound the rock is still sitting in the locker room. Its one thing that we've had to deal with this entire season. We get some bad calls, or guys mess up in crucial times you just pound the rock and keep going. You move on to the next play. That's one of the mottos that we are accustomed to. Coach Marinelli brought it to the right place, because I think that's what this football team needed."

On his reaction when he first saw the rock: "What the hell is this rock. We had team meetings, and once Coach showed us and taught us what the meaning is, everyone got the understanding. It was exactly what this football team needed, because we are at the bottom of the league. We are 2-6, but we're not really 2-6, but in reality we're 2-6. That's what this football team needs. It needs to learn to put things behind us, move on to the next play, and make the next play better than the last one. Forget about the last play and move on."

On Jon Kitna: "Jon is a big time competitor. He's the leader of this football team, not just because he plays the quarterback position it's just the nature of his personality. He guides this offense to where it needs to be. He's very smart, I don't know his numbers but I'm sure he's in the top five in some categories. In my opinion I think he's the best quarterback in the League. He just doesn't get the recognition because we are 2-6."

On Rod Marinelli: "I didn't know anything about him. I didn't know who he was or what he did. Once they hired him, I saw a couple of Tampa Bay defensive linemen in an interview saying they lost a good guy, and that Detroit was going to turn it around with him because he was such a good guy. Then he came in, and he uses his words wisely as well. He's from the Army, and he has that military background, so his words are very strong. All he wants t do is win, no matter how it is."

On if Marinelli has anything to do with the offense: "No, not at all. No."

On interacting with Marinelli: "Yeah, he comes down and watches us. I think he's learning at the same time. He's trying to pick up the offense. He's been coaching for a long time, so I'm not saying he doesn't know anything about offense. This is a complicated offense, so if you haven't been in it for awhile it's hard to pick up. I'm pretty sure he has watched film, and he knows the ins- and-outs of it. I think he's stronger with the defensive line than he is with the offense."

On giving any guarantees for this game: "Yeah, some body will win on Sunday."


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