Well, maybe “no-win” is a little strong, but Roy Williams is in a real conundrum of a situation. Most teams would give an appendage or two to have two front-line wide receivers. Many would, or at least I have surmised that was Jerry Jones‘ intention when he acquired Williams from the Lions and one could have imagined getting rid of Terrell Owens was also in the cards.
T.O. was very popular among Cowboy fans. He was also popular among the players. Why? Because he produced on the field. They didn’t care about his crying at press conferences. They didn’t care about him getting fired up on the sidelines. Cowboys fans want production and the tape don’t lie.
Enter Williams with the lofty price tag of first-, third- and sixth-round draft picks in 2009 along with a seventh-round choice next year. Exiting is Owens’ 1,300 yards and 12 TDs per season. Adding insult to injury, did I mention Jerry didn’t do Roy any favors when he admitted part of his decision to release T.O. was based on giving Roy an opportunity to flourish?
On the field, Williams will need to at least match T.O.’s production. And … and … the Cowboys will need to make a push in the playoffs. Which brings us back to the root of the problem in Dallas. For the Cowboys to make that push, Tony Romo has to perform in December and January. In continuing down this path of logic, if Romo does perform and the Cowboys fall short of the Super Bowl, fans will reason that T.O. would have taken them over the top.
At the end of the day, I have empathy for Williams because, in my mind, he’s been placed in a no-win situation. Fans are likely to be tougher on him if he does not produce at a high level because he was caught in the middle of a canard. That canard is the notion that T.O. was the reason the Cowboys did not win games.
What say you?