Last Sunday’s record-setting day by wide receiver Miles Austin against the Kansas City Chiefs has earned him more playing time, deservingly so. Some would even say that Austin even earned himself a starting job, but Wade Phillips isn’t officially making him one. At least not yet.
Filling in for an injured Roy Williams, Austin broke Hall of Famer Bob Hayes’ team record when he hauled in 10 catches for a new club-record of 250 yards. It was a record that had lasted 43 years.
Two of those ten catches went for touchdowns including a game-winning 60-yard catch-and-run to the end zone in overtime that beat the Chiefs 26-20.
While we debate whether Miles Austin should be a starter, I did some research and it seems to me that since the 2008 season, Austin has been out producing Roy Williams whenever he gets his hands on the ball.
It’s important to note that to get those 47 catches, Williams had been targeted twice as many times as Austin, but imagine if it were the other way around?
Austin could have easily topped 1,200 yards and who knows how many more touchdowns that would have translated to.
All I’m saying is that nobody should be surprised if Austin eventually becomes the starter and also becomes Romo’s favorite wide receiver. Austin has proven that he can hang with the best of them, and now he has the team record that proves it.
Austin is no longer a secret weapon… he has made himself one of several other primary weapons on this team. Even Wade Phillips acknowledged that on Monday when he said,
“He’s too big of a threat, and he’s proven now, and I think we have confidence in him. I’m talking ‘we’ — the offense, the quarterback, so forth,” Phillips said. “He can make a play that we think he can make, so we have to get him the ball more.”
He said that one of the reasons he let T.O. go, was because of the emergence of Miles Austin who had that same big play, game-breaking ability.
Maybe J.J. wasn’t so crazy afterall.