It's fair to criticize Roy Williams for not playing consistently good football this year, but if you're looking for anyone besides Williams to be honest about the way he's been playing, forget it. Williams said earlier in the day that if he kept playing poorly, he might find himself on special teams. And he said offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo had lost confidence in him and that it was up to him to win their confidence back.
But when Cowboys coach Wade Phillips was asked about it at his afternoon press conference, he denied that anything is different with Williams.
"I didn't hear him say that, but there hasn't been any confidence [lost]," Phillips said. "You can ask Jason and Tony. There is no confidence lost in Roy. That's my answer to that."
You don't expect coaches or quarterbacks to admit that they have lost confidence in a receiver, but when a guy who is supposed to be a No. 1 receiver catches two passes for 18 yards in two weeks, then it's obvious something is going on.
Credit Williams on this one. It may be easy to criticize him for not playing well and for dropping balls, but at this point of the season, he is assessing blame to no one but himself. And that may be his first step of getting out of his slump -- and winning back the confidence of the coaching staff and quarterback.
-- Jan Hubbard