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Terrell Owens VS. Roy Williams

Now I expect that many of you probably laughed reading the title to this post.  Hear me out though and we will see who is laughing after you see my argument here.  Now, we have heard constantly that Roy Williams is not a No. 1 receiver.  We have the constant contrast of Roy Williams against Terrell Owens, especially over the last 3 seasons while he was here in Dallas.  However the only number presented in the argument is 38, the number of touchdowns scored by T.O. here in Dallas, which is by far the most productive receiver over the last 3 years.

I can support some of these arguments because hey, did Roy Williams have 38 touchdowns over the last 3 years?  No he did not.  Has he had a 1000+ yard season recently?  Not since 2006.  However the argument that I make is that Owens has been in the league 13 years, Roy is in his sixth season now.  Do you know what it is like comparing Terrell Owens to Roy Williams?  It is the exact same thing as putting up Chad Ochocinco (drafted 2001) against rookie Michael Crabtree (or any other rookie receiver this year since Crabtree looks to sit out the season).  Does anyone see how ridiculous this is?  You are comparing a seasoned veteran against a rookie.  Of course T.O. is going to appear to be the better receiver.  He has more situational experience.  And not only that but he has had much better quarterbacks throwing to him and played for much better teams than Roy Williams.  When was the last time the Lions did something special?

Now, my goal here is to provide as fair of a contrast/comparison as possible between the two receivers.  I fully support the notion of Michael Irvin as well in this regard that the label of "No. 1 Receiver" is not gift-wrapped.  It is awarded, just like a paycheck.  One must earn it.  I also see "No. 1 Receiver" as a title and nothing more.  Because really, if T.O. or Williams or Ochocinco or Moss have a triple team and you can see that obviously before the play, for example they have 2 corners on him and no one on the opposite side covering the other receiver.  Who is your No. 1 Receiver now?  That's right, the other guy, the one that is going to be open.  Go to receivers change for every play so No. 1 Receiver is just a label, nothing more.  The idea is to get the ball to the open guy and get the most yards.  Not to try to get the ball to just one guy.

But enough said, lets get to some number crunching.  Here are the stats of Terrell Owens over his entire career.  Being a seasoned veteran I thought it only fair that people see what he did for each one of the three teams he has played for.  So have a look at these stats per season and per game:

Terrell Owens Career Averages

REC/sea

REC/gm

YD/rec

YD/gm

TD/sea

TD/gm

1D/Sea

1D/gm

Career

73.2

5

14.8

74.7

10.7

0.7

3.5

50.9

Niners

74

4.9

14.5

70.8

10.1

0.7

3.4

51.3

Eagles

62

5.9

15.8

93.5

10

1

41.5

4

Cowboys

78.3

5

15.3

76.3

12.7

0.8

56.3

3.6

 

Now, lets have a look at the stats that Roy Williams has to offer over his 5 year career.

Roy Williams Career Averages

REC/sea

REC/gm

YD/rec

YD/gm

TD/sea

TD/gm

1D/Sea

1D/gm

56.2

4

14.5

58.3

6

0.4

38.2

2.7

 

Now, here is where the fair contrast/comparison comes into play.  Being that Roy Williams is still a fairly young player, lets compare his numbers so far against the numbers of T.O. at the beginning of his career.  I also thought it only fair that since T.O. never underwent a midseason trade that we only take a look at the first four years of their careers to not give an unfair advantage to anyone.  Now take a look here and you just may be surprised at the similarity of the numbers.

Williams vs. Owens (1st four seasons)

 

REC/sea

REC/gm

YD/rec

YD/gm

TD/sea

TD/gm

1D/Sea

1D/gm

Owens

55.5

3.6

14.9

53.3

7.5

0.5

39.8

2.6

Williams

61.3

4.5

14.9

66.4

7

0.5

41.3

3

 

I was not quite so surprised when I contrasted the numbers.  Roy Williams is good, he is just a different wide receiver and hey, he is still learning in this league.  He will also still be in the league long after T.O. retires.  He also now has a legitimate quarterback to throw him the ball.  Now, if he can have a 1,300+ yard season with John Kitna, he can definitely have one with Romo.

In the end though, this is all moot because as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said to his players, "PUT IT ON TAPE".  So all we can do is wait for the season to begin and see how Roy Williams does on the field and puts these stats on tape wearing the Star.  Again, I am not trying to convince you that Roy Williams is just as good as Terrell Owens, but I look to suppress the concern for our wideouts.  You will do well to remember that we had a 13 - 3 season with T.O. and missing Terry Glenn for the entire season and Patrick Crayton as the "No. 2" during the season.  And that was before we had 6' 6" 265 lbs. TE Martellus Bennett along with a three prong halfback attack in Marion "The Barbarian" Barber, Felix "The Cat" Jones and Tashard Choice.  Also known as Smash, Dash and Tash.  As you can see, there are plenty of people to pick up the slack for the loss of Terrell Owens.  Our defense is also much more improved over our 2007 defense as far as talent, even though we were second in total interceptions, trailing only the Chargers in that department. 

So, just wait for the season to start and look for execution, because we certainly have the weapons/tools to do so.  They may be just numbers here above and a team is more than just one man.  Roy is not our No. 1 yet.  When he puts it on tape and proves that he is, that is when he will be officially merited that label.  The only question I have before I finish is of all of you that laughed when you saw the title of this point and laughed sarcastically saying "Oh, this should be good!" , who of you is laughing now at the comparison?  And for all of you Cowboys fans, just remember 911, Romo to Willliams.


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