Roy Williams is the Dallas Cowboys' third-highest paid player. And their fourth-leading receiver.
So I ask you, what the hell is going on here?
It may sound like nitpicking on a team that's won three in a row heading into Sunday night's showdown against the Eagles, but to win in Philly and into December the Cowboys will need Williams to produce. Maybe not as a touchdown-making game-breaker (Miles Austin) or as quarterback Tony Romo's security blanky (Jason Witten), but at the very least as a big target with soft hands who can consistently catch the chain-moving 7-yard slant.
Williams has been thrown to 37 times this season. He's caught only 14 passes. That's the worst ratio (37 percent) of any NFL receiver. Included in that is an abysmal 3 of 15 on third down. Witten, on the other hand, has caught 37 of the 45 thrown his way, highlighted by 8 of 8 on third down.
Who's a fault here, Roy or Romo?
Because Romo's connecting seamlessly with every other target, I'm laying it on Williams. He's had drops. He's run half-ass routes. He just hasn't produced. Granted he's been hurt with bruised ribs, thanks to Romo hanging him out to dry in Denver. And let's be fair, Romo's thrown him some rotten passes and Williams has been a persistent, downfield blocker in the running game.
But last Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks I watched Williams jog - not sprint or run, but jog - about 10 yards straight downfield. No jukes. No moves. No urgerncy. No purpose. When the ball went flying well over his head, the boos rained down upon his noggin'.
Even head coach Wade Phillips admits there's a chemistry problem. We got questions. We need answers.
1. Williams is simply overrated.
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2. They need more time to get on the same page.
3. Romo doesn't like/trust Williams.
4. Jason Garrett doesn't know how to use Williams.
5. Terrell Owens.