Give Me Roy Williams over Terrell Owens
Not over their careers obviously, because Terrell Owens is a no-brainer Hall of Famer and Roy Williams is a one-time Pro Bowler who in 2006 snuck in only after Torry Holt backed out with an injury.
But this year - horrible for both as of yet - I'll take Williams. Notsamuch because of his sterling substance, but his stand-up style.
Up in Buffalo Owens has 18 catches for 242 yards and a lone touchdown. Williams has 12 catches for 230 yards and a touchdown. Neither are impact players or - let's face it - even the No. 1 receivers on their respective teams.
But let's look at how each player is handling his declining results.
Granted, Williams recently questioned his role on the team. To which I retorted, "catch the ball and shut your mouth." After dropping two passes in last Sunday's win over Atlanta Williams showed me - if not great hands - good character.
It wasn't his black fedora and red leather, zippered jacket a la Michael Jackson. It was his accountability.
"Worst game of my life," Williams said. "Ever."
Yesterday at Valley Ranch Williams again refused to blame double coverage or sore ribs or anything - but himself.
"I don't want to blame it on rust,'' said Williams, who caught just one pass for 16 yards while Miles Austin again exploded. "I don't want to blame it on medication or anything like that. I just played terrible. The thing I've got to do, I've got a chance to get better this week. I'm glad that wasn't the last game of the year because I would have to live with this for four or five months."
In Buffalo, meanwhile, T.O. is - surprise - spinning it a tad differently. When asked to analyze his lackluster season, he said ...
"Pathetic to be honest. ... But as long as Im' doing better than him (Roy Williams), I'm good."
Sorry, T.O., you're not good. Just sad.
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