PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 28: Head coach Wade Phillips of the Dallas Cowboys looks on late in the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 28, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Despite a 5-2 record and a very real chance that, after Sunday night, the Cowboys will be sole owners of first place in the NFC East, the hot topic on the minds and televisions and newspapers around Dallas seems to be, pretty consistently, the lack of a visible connection between Tony Romo and Roy Williams.
This is confusing for any number of reasons.
Romo and Williams took to getting acquainted this summer, long before anyone else was on the practice field, running routes and the like. For all anyone can tell, each has done all he can to make it happen; and, alas, nothing. Williams has two touchdown catches this season, and 249 yards--a yard short of equaling the production of Miles Austin--in one game.
Head coach Wade Phillips, in addressing this perceived problem on The Jagger Show, on 105.3 The Fan Wednesday, only added to the confusion, arguing that, in practice, Williams is a highly adept No. 1, a receiver with a noticeable rapport with his quarterback.
"We see them getting better timing in practice, and Roy makes some great plays in practice... a lot of people wouldn't believe some of the catches he's caught in practice and I think those things will happen for us in the game. And even the touchdown he scored.. a lot of receivers couldn't do that, couldn't reach out over the goal line like that while they're being tackled and make the play.
"Roy can make plays, and Tony can make plays, we just have to get them together."
Well, either that, or keep throwing to Miles Austin while ruefully shaking our heads at those draft picks that went to Detroit.