For most of the summer, the talk surrounding Valley Ranch, the Alamodome, and then Valley Ranch had to do with the Tony Romo-Roy Williams connection--would it happen? Could Roy really replace T.O. effectively? Can Roy disprove, say, Deion Sanders (among others), and be the guy?
After six games, the answers, in progress, are: (A) Once, against Tampa Bay. (B) Not really. (C) Not yet.
Good for the Cowboys, and monumentally bad for Roy Williams' image--which, judging by local message boards is that of an overpaid bustasaurus--was the emergence of Miles Austin, an undrafted free agent out of Monmouth, who in one game topped Roy Williams' production through five.
Not everyone believes the former Longhorn is a lost cause, though. Stumbling across the vast, wonderfully smut-ridden landscape of this thing they call the 'internet', I stumbled across a ringing endorsement by none other than Tony Romo, published yesterday on the Dallas Morning News website:
"Roy works his butt off at practice. He performs out there daily. I don't see any reason why he's not going to have a very successful rest of the season. I'm not going to shy away from him because he shows me on a consistent, daily basis that he does so many good things...It will happen.''
This is a nice sentiment, certainly, on the part of Romo, but that the public has reasonable doubt is understandable. In a show-me-now league, Williams has shown little, particularly in the blues and silvers of the Cowboys, while the now-departed Terrell Owens and Miles Austin have flourished.
As it stands now, it seems that Williams is the no. 1 in title only--maybe if Romo holds true to this loyal screed, this will change, both in practice and perception.