The Roy Williams Era Begins
Cowboys hemorrhage next draft to acquire UT alum Roy Williams
By Justin Sanders,
3:34PM, Fri. Oct. 17, 2008
Drafted seventh overall in the 2004 draft, Roy Williams has spent most of his career playing for a lousy team that seemed to always be trailing by 20 points. I’m not saying that the Detroit Lions didn’t have their moments, but thanks to a last-minute deal on the day of the NFL trade deadline, Williams will now have the chance to once again hear the screams of the Texas faithful as the Roy Williams era begins in Dallas. By giving up a first-, third-, and sixth-round pick in next year's draft, the Cowboys acquired a 6-foot 3-inch, 210-pound football machine that runs a blistering 4.37 40-yard dash. It’s not a bad deal when you consider the Cowboys probably would have used next year’s first round pick on a wide receiver anyway, and when you factor in that they still have nine draft picks left in that same draft, the deal gets even sweeter. After the trauma that Cowboys fans suffered this week with the loss to Arizona, Pac Man’s suspension, and Tony Romo’s pinky, the signing of Williams comes as a welcome diversion.
Visions of Tony Romo lobbing alley-oop touchdown passes to Roy Williams must be dancing in the heads of the Cowboy fans that live in Austin. For several years now, when it's come to NFL players, this town belonged to one man – Vince Young. You could walk down the street and see fans wearing Vince Young’s Titans jerseys without a Roy Williams’ jersey in sight. And why not? After all Vince Young did lead the Horns to the 2005 National Championship, but in Williams’ defense he had Chris Simms throwing to him … and the other team. Now, not only will Williams have an All-Pro quarterback throwing to him, he will once again be surrounded by a talented team with championship aspirations. It’s no given that the Cowboys will win the Super Bowl — far from it — but with Williams on the field it certainly is looking more and more possible. No longer will teams be able to double-team Jason Witten and Terrell Owens without leaving Roy Williams in single coverage. And as the first five years of his career have proven, that’s about as good of an idea as leaving Pac Man unsupervised at a strip club.
Regardless of all the backslapping going on in Dallas, the trade for Williams has brought up one important question, “Will T.O. be able to co-exist with Williams?” The answer is yes. T.O. may be a diva, but during most of his time in Dallas he has been the ultimate teammate and wants to win a Super Bowl first and foremost. Regardless of whether T.O. catches 60 or 100 balls, he’s still going to be a first ballot Hall of Famer. I’d be willing to bet my paycheck that if you asked any receiver in the Hall of Fame who doesn't own a Super Bowl ring if they would’ve traded a few catches for a championship, that most, if not all of them would answer not only yes, but hell yes! The fact is that after the Eagles dumped Owens he could’ve signed with any team, but he chose the Cowboys for the chance to win a Super Bowl. The signing of Roy Williams is only going to bring him closer to his goal.
As the Roy Williams era begins in Dallas, the Cowboys finally have the legitimate receiver to complement T.O. and help open things up for Romo and the rest of the offense. Analysts may worry about T.O. and all of the egos in the Dallas locker room, but if there’s one cure-all in the NFL, it’s winning. With Roy Williams on the roster the Cowboys are definitely better equipped to do just that. So this Sunday after Texas whips Missouri all of you Longhorn fans need to put away your burnt orange and get out your silver and blue because there’s a new Longhorn in town, and his name is Roy Williams.