We have all heard the stories going back to the off-season. About how Tony Romo and Roy Williams were spending time together trying to get to know each other, trying to get their timing together, trying to get the chemistry going. All of that talk moved into the preseason and once again we all watched and hoped that with every pass attempt and every completion that things were starting to work between quarterback and receiver. Then week one against Tampa Bay Romo hit Williams with a nice pass as Williams split the defense and scored from 66 yards out. Again, we all hoped that this was what we were all waiting for.
Through week 8 of this 2009 season Roy Williams is fourth on the team in receptions with 14 for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Let’s not forget the countless drops by Williams, some his fault, some Romo’s fault. And add a few sore rips from the game against the Broncos.
Is it unheard of to think about giving someone else the start over Williams? Just like Wade Phillips did a few weeks ago when he named Miles Austin as a starter. I don’t want to hear it’s not possible because of the money Williams is making or because of the number of draft picks Dallas gave up to get him last season. This the NFL where you have to win NOW. Maybe it’s time to get Romo the receivers he seems to be on the same page with. Maybe it’s time to go with what gives Dallas the best chance to succeed now.
I for one am tired of the talk of getting to know each other, working harder in practice, improving every week. It’s just not working between Romo and Williams. I guess it’s like when you are dating someone. You know if there is something between the two of you and your relationship grows from that and you also know when there is not and you have to make a decision. When you realize there is nothing there you just have to move on. It’s no ones fault. It just does not work out.
It just seems to be effortless when Romo is throwing to Patrick Crayton, Miles Austin and of course Jason Witten. Even though Sam Hurd has not caught many balls in 2009 it still seems easy when Romo throws to him which was also the case in past seasons. There was never that word chemistry when it came to these receivers. It just worked between all of them. Even newcomer Kevin Olgetree jelled with Romo going back to training camp and into the preseason.
Today it was Roy Williams and Tony Romo once again talking about their “chemistry” with each other as reported by ESPN.com.and DallasCowboys.com
“It’s just not even close,” Williams said. “It’s not even funny. Not even close.”
“I’m the No. 1 receiver,” Williams said. “But things are just going No. 2′s way.”
“He gets the ball thrown correctly his way,” Williams said of Austin. “I’m stretching and falling and doing everything. Everybody [else] who’s been here’s balls are there. Our footballs [from Romo to Williams] are everywhere right now.”
“I anticipated us rolling right now,” Williams said. “I mean, we’re rolling in the win column, yeah. But as far as me and Romo’s connection . . . getting better though, getting better.
“We’re going to be fine there,” Romo said after Sunday’s win over the Seattle Seahawks. “I know what Roy’s doing. It’s just a matter of going back and looking the tape and seeing what we have to do better. But it’s just part of growing with a receiver.”
My thoughts are that you need to put the players on the field that are making plays, not the players that you hope will make the plays. Romo knows who he is comfortable with and knows who he can trust at this point in the season. If it has not worked with Williams up to this point, then it never will. I truly believe that. I could care less that Williams thinks he is the number one receiver on the team. The fact is he is anything but that. The go to guys on this team are Austin, Crayton and Witten.
It’s time to make a change!!