Lions' Roy Williams says 'score means nothing'

Updated: September 18, 2006, 7:21 PM ET
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The Lions' Roy Williams apparently doesn't play to win the game. He'd rather strike a pose.

Poster boy for losing?
Mike Williams
Mike Williams
Who is the poster boy for the Lions' losing ways? Receiver Mike Williams said it's him and he's not happy about it.

"The way the organization is going under [coach Rod] Marinelli, it's going to need a poster boy for what's wrong," Williams told The Detroit Free Press. "Every new beginning needs a poster boy for why the other way didn't work."

Williams, who was the 10th overall pick in the 2005 draft, was inactive for Detroit's 34-7 loss at Chicago in Week 2, but said he was given no reason why he wasn't allowed to play.

"I've given up on trying to figure out what it is, or what it has been or what it's going to be," Williams told the newspaper. "The only thing I look at is coming to practice and putting the maximum effort I can put into it. Y'all go ask the powers that be. I don't know what to say."

Williams' celebration after his first catch of Sunday's game against the Bears drew ire from the Chicago crowd and had Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom scratching his head.

When Albom asked Williams why he celebrated a reception with his team already trailing by two scores, Williams responded, "I celebrate first downs all the time. I'm not gonna stop that. I'm an exciting player. If I do something exciting, I'm gonna show my actions."

Albom responded, "But you were losing, 10-0."

"What does that mean? ... That means nothing to me. The score means nothing," Williams told Albom.

Williams had angered the Bears by guaranteeing a Lions victory during the week. Detroit, however, was no match for Chicago in a lopsided 34-7 defeat.

Afterward, Williams said he didn't regret making the guarantee.

"No, because everyone believes what I said," he told Albom.

Williams caught six passes for 71 yards in the loss -- and he issued another guarantee afterward.

"You can all run with this: We will win the [next] game," he told reporters. "I don't care who it's against. We will win the game as long as we do what we're supposed to do. That's my comment for the whole week."

Notes
Linebacker Alex Lewis will miss Sunday's game against Green Bay with a knee injury. Coach Rod Marinelli would only say Monday that Lewis was "week to week" after injuring his knee in a loss at Chicago.

"I'm not going to be out there unless I'm Superman," said Lewis, who would not speculate how long he will be sidelined.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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