Thursday, November 5, 2009
Updated: November 6, 9:50 AM ET
Romo takes high road; Williams honest
By Tim MacMahon
Tony Romo wisely continues to take the high road regarding his lack of rapport with Roy Williams.
Williams was simply speaking the truth Wednesday when he noted that Romo's throws to other receivers are more accurate than the balls aimed in his direction. A media firestorm ensued.
That's what happens with a franchise that basks in the spotlight like the Dallas Cowboys, especially considering the recent history around Valley Ranch with loquacious receivers.
A repeat of this past December's drama is the last thing Romo wants to deal with, especially because the Cowboys are rolling with three consecutive wins entering Sunday's showdown for the NFC East lead in Philadelphia.
Romo keeps his comments about Williams simple. He praises the receiver's work ethic and expresses optimism that the quarterback and receiver will click soon. Instead of critiquing Williams' sometimes sloppy route-running or mentioning that No. 11 leads the Cowboys in dropped passes, Romo avoids the blame game as if it's a blitzing linebacker.
"We've been through this before with people trying to intersect and divide a football team," Romo said. "This team is too strong from the core. I know the media is going to make certain things appear what they may not actually have been or things of that nature.
"This team is too committed to winning and too committed to improving to let anything like that or anything you guys may present to us divide this team. We're just going to keep improving, getting better, and we'll be ready to go this weekend."
Williams doesn't want to tear the team apart, either. The last guy to do that got a one-way ticket to the NFL Siberia known as Buffalo during Jerry Jones' Romo-friendly offseason.
No malicious tone came from Williams' mouth when he made the comments. He just gave an honest answer when asked why Miles Austin's production is so much better than his. Perhaps too honest.
"I'm not a T.O. or I'm not trying to be a T.O," Williams said. "I don't know why people are trying to put me in that category because I'm happy to win. I've said that 100 times."
Williams is smart enough to realize he'd lose a public battle with Romo. He also understands the Cowboys rank second in the league in offense despite his poor production.
"Everything is working for us -- offense, defense and special teams," Williams said. "The only thing that isn't working for us is Romo-to-Williams, and it's a big deal. It's the only thing that y'all have to talk about."
With that, Williams vowed he's finished discussing his faulty connection with his quarterback. Romo has avoided weighing in on the issue all along.
Of course, Romo took the same approach with Owens last season. It didn't work then. Maybe it will work with Williams. If not, well, does Romo really need No. 11? It hasn't looked like it the past few games.
Tim MacMahon covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.