It’s a move often seen in baseball, but seldom done in football: a contending team acquires a player at the trading deadline whom it hopes will help put them over the top.
The Dallas Cowboys did just that with the trade acquisition of disgruntled Lions wide receiver, Roy Williams. The Cowboys, still reeling from Sunday’s overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals, sent a first-round pick, third-round pick, sixth-round pick, and seventh-round pick to the Lions in exchange for the one-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.
Williams, a boisterous personality, will now be teamed with an equally eccentric receiver, Terrell Owens, to form one of the league’s most formidable tandems. Defenses will surely have difficulty stopping both receivers, in addition to trying to defend perhaps the best tight end in the game, Jason Witten, and keying in on the run game, where Marion Barber and Felix Jones cause all sorts of problems.
The trade may not be felt immediately, as Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo may miss up to a month with a broken finger sustained during Sunday’s overtime period. Backup quarterback, and longtime NFL player, Brad Johnson will step into the starting lineup.
While the Cowboys may have dramatically improved their offense, there are still holes to be filled on defense, particularly at cornerback, where Adam Jones was suspended indefinitely by the NFL. If they can’t correct some of the deficiencies on that side of the ball, they’ll have to run up the score on offense.
This move surely means that head coach Wade Phillips is now in a do-or-die situation. If his team doesn’t win the Super Bowl, it’s possible — and probable — that he could be fired to make room for offensive coordinator, and assistant head coach, Jason Garrett. Of course, even if the Cowboys do win the championship, that switch may take place anyway.