Danny White has seen this kind of start from the Dallas Cowboys (5-1) before. In fact, he was once a part of it.
“It reminds me of the teams that I played with in the early ’80s,” the former Cowboys quarterback said on The MoJo Show. “It’s (Tony) Dorsett running for 120 yards, you’re throwing for a couple of hundred maybe, the Doomsday Defense – it’s just balanced. This is so much fun to watch them playing like this. In fact, after the first win, I went up to Tony (Romo) warming up on the sidelines and I said, ‘What’s it like having a running game, Tony?’ He said, ‘Man, this is fun.’
“I remember the first couple of years of my career when I inherited that team from Roger (Staubach), all I had to do was my job,” White continued. “My biggest concern was keeping Drew (Pearson) and Tony and Billy Joe (DuPree) and Butch (Johnson) all happy (and) getting balls to them. They were all open on every play, and I could just pick and choose. Boy, do things change in a hurry. The last few years of my career, it was get it to whoever’s wearing the right jersey as fast as you can. That’s no fun for a quarterback.
“Ask Eli Manning what it’s like playing for a great team that’s got all the cylinders pounding away and then what it’s like playing for a team that doesn’t have that support. And Romo’s been through that. He’s like a kid in the candy shop right now.”
White, who played for the Cowboys from 1976 to 1988 and led them to a win in Super Bowl XII, was absolutely amazed by Terrance Williams’ acrobatic 23-yard catch against Seattle last Sunday.
“It might have been one of the greatest catches I’ve ever seen,” said White, 62. “The ball’s not even thrown to him. It’s thrown to (Jason) Witten. And he goes up and gets it going full speed. It’s a game of inches. His toes just barely scraped the top of the grass as he’s going out of bounds. But to catch that ball cleanly and still have the presence of mind to get his feet down, it’s just an incredible catch.”
Williams’ catch, which came on 3rd-and-20, gave the Cowboys a first down and helped them win the game, 30-23. Dallas has now won five straight since 2007.
White said he sees a noticeable difference in Romo, head coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones.
“I see them every week and visit with them, and the smiles right now are genuine,” White said. “You can tell the difference in a fake smile and a real smile. By now, those guys all have real smiles on their faces and life is fun, football’s fun and they’re having a good time. That’s the way it should be.
“But there’s always that guarded optimism when you’re six games into a season,” White continued. “This one coming up this week against the Giants is a scary one. It’s one of those games you just hate as a head coach, as an owner – because everybody expects you to (win). You got to be careful with teams like this. Things are looking good right now, but they got to be careful. They got to be careful.”
Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET.