Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Wade Phillips have spent part of the offseason making excuses for what so far has been one of the worst trades in club history. The only thing preventing the Roy Williams trade from being the laughingstock of the league is the fact that Miles Austin emerged as a legitimate star in '09.
Williams sat down with the dean of Cowboys beat writers, Clarence E. Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Monday, to talk about his disappointing '09 season and his hope for a brighter future.
"My biggest disappointment is not being able to help the team," said Williams. "I felt like I didn't do anything last year. I dropped balls and what not. I didn't think my name would be on top of the drop list ever in my life. It was a humbling experience. It showed me I better get my life together."
That last sentence almost suggests that something was going on off the field that contributed to Williams' poor performance, but the wide receiver never really clears that up in the interview. Williams did talk about his relationship with quarterback Tony Romo and indicated that he's ready to take it to the next level.
"Of course if I throw to a guy in the game and he is tripping by not catching the ball, I would lose confidence in him, too," Williams said of Romo. "He won't say it publicly, but what quarterback wouldn't lose trust. I'm going to try to get in good with him and be his buddy. You have to make plays in the game to get the ball and get plays drawn for you. I have to make plays."
So there you have it, folks. Williams' offseason plan includes becoming "buddies" with Romo. Perhaps he'll work on his golf game in order to hang with the Cowboys' scratch player. Fortunately, Williams doesn't appear to be losing faith in his own abilities. At one point in the interview, he compared himself to one of the greatest closers in Major League Baseball history.
"Contrary to popular belief, I still think I have two of the best hands in the league," said Williams. "There are certain routes I run good -- in routes, post-breaking inside routes, out routes and anything in the red zone. I felt like Mariano Rivera in the red zone. I felt like the closer. Even in the bad season I had, I had seven touchdowns because of my work in the red zone."
Right now, I'd probably put Williams more in Matt Capps territory.