KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 11: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up prior to the NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadiumin on October 11, 2009 Kansas City, Missouri. The Cowboys defeated the Chiefs 26-20 in overtime. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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.