Exclusive: Williams Defends Rogers

ALLEN PARK - Lions wide receiver Roy Williams who with wide receiver Charles Rogers has been the center of controversy over the last few weeks, says it's time for the team to put all the he-said, she-said stuff behind them and concentrate on making a run for the playoffs. Williams spoke exclusively with Roar Report's Mike Fowler ...

ALLEN PARK - Lions wide receiver Roy Williams who with wide receiver Charles Rogers has been the center of controversy over the last few weeks, says it's time for the team to put all the he-said, she-said stuff behind them and concentrate on making a run for the playoffs.

When asked about his availability for Sunday game at Ford Field against the Arizona Cardinals stated, "That won't be my decision. I just hope I play more than three plays," alluding to the miscommunication between him and head coach Steve Mariucci that erupted a mini firestorm over who said what to whom regarding Williams' availability.

Both Williams and Mariucci have agreed to move on with Mariucci stating. "I addressed it in my press conference (on Monday) and that's the last time I'm going to talk about it," he said.

When asked what the final word in the controversy was Williams said "Arizona, that's the final word and let's try to put eight games together and it starts with this one."

Despite the flare-up between coach and player, Williams says he believes Detroit has the talent to string together a series of victories, but it has to start now.

Williams also said that receiver Charles Rogers is likely to become very productive now that the coaching staff and receivers are on the same page.

The very vocal receiver came to the defense of pass catching mate Charles Rogers for his less than full speed effort in practice last week. Rogers came under heavily criticism by the media for what they perceived as being lack of effort on his part. Williams said part of the problem was the fact that Rogers was being used on both the scout team and with the first unit.

"He [Rogers] looked pretty good out there," said Williams of Rogers. "He made a deal with the coaches, because they had him running scout team. If you want him full speed you can't have him out there on scout team also. He didn't do as much scout team as he has done in the past couple of weeks, since he's been back. He looks fresher and a lot better and I think he's ready for Sunday."

Continued Williams: "I promise if we were 6-1 or 6-2 there wouldn't be any talk," said Williams. "We're 3-5, hopefully we can put six or eight games together straight and create a streak. Win, win, win, not win-loss, win-loss.

"Let's try to put eight games together and it starts with this one."

Williams said at this point, he's only 75 percent as far as his health, yet he has made the commitment to play anyway in an effort to help the team make a run.

"I'm thinking with these next eight games, we can very possibly win six out of the eight and those [other two] are going to be real close. They could go either way. We're hoping to win these last eight games and get to where we need to be."

Lions linebacker Earl Holmes agreed that the team needed to make a run and said that the team has the potential to do so.

"I can tell you this, it can be done," said Holmes. "That's the positive thing. It can be done. It's taking it one game, one week, one play at a time. It can be done, that's the positive."


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