Terrell Owens: Village Scapegoat – Part II, The Links

If you believe that Terrell Owens is not to blame for the 2008 flame out in Dallas, you are not alone.  You’re in fine, fine company.  Read this links and enjoy:

Sports on My Mind – DK Wilson sets it off in Afro-color!!

The Starting Five – “I’d Take Him In a Minute…”

ESPN’s Comment Section — Skip Mosley’s Misguided Mess and Check out “Gonzo Cowboy” in the Comments Section.

The Bleacher Report – aside from forgetting that the forgettable Roy Williams is still in Dallas, not bad.

As an aside, Herman Edwards believes Terrell Owens would be a good fit in Tennessee.  Interesting.

Personally, I’m starting to lean toward the San Diego Chargers.  Philip Rivers can take the weight.  He’s fiery enough and has more than enough ego to go with the flow.  He’s reviled as a smug, arrogant guy all over the AFC West.  He led the league in passing last year but wasn’t elected to the Pro Bowl.  He’s never won anything and has a lot to prove.  LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates aren’t getting any younger and they need more help than they’ve been getting from Chris Chambers and Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd.  When you’re best option heading into a playoff game in Pittsburgh is a 5’6″ scatback, you need an infusion of raw power.

Philip Rivers is accurate.  He takes hits and comes back for more.  He can make all the throws (even with his unconventional release) and would certainly welcome another weapon in the league’s top arsenal.   And guess what?  Rivers (December 8th) and Owens (December 7th)  are both Sagittarians!  They would GET ALONG GREAT!  They might drive everyone crazy, but they would get along great.  I guarantee it!!

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Rivers might be more of a bad boy than the church-going Owens, but, they could fight like cats and dogs for 3 quarters on the sidelines and still win just about every game in the 4th quarter — and be just like new again the very next day.  No grudges, no hurt feelings, no side comments to the media…just straight talk, passion and touchdowns.

The key to success next year would be the slow down and let the leaders lead.  Word to daddy, indeed.

7 comments

  1. As usual, great write-up.

    I don’t know what Herm Edwards is thinking but Tennessee is a ‘run-first’ type team like the Steelers used to be. I don’t think the Titans would be a great fit for him.

  2. Temple,

    you are on point on this SD thing!

    But you got me psyched for “Follow the Leader” and the link wouldn’t work!

    MODI

  3. I personally like Philip Rivers “in-your-face” attitude and, I believe that he’ll tell T.O. to “f*** off,” for sure, but T.O. will still be a distraction, regardless if he’s manageable or not. If guys are watching Owens and Rivers on the sideline fighting, their minds will be off of what’s going on, on the field. Seriously, no way I’d sign him unless he’d consent to a clause that specifies that he be in psychotherapy and that any sideline outbursts and/or negative, undermining comments to the media will be fine-inducing and/or grounds for him being cut, immediately.

    I like what you said about how you wouldn’t want him on your team, the Steelers. No way I’d want him on mine. Even strong coaches, like Jeff Fisher, wouldn’t want to have to deal with T.O. even though they could, despite the Titans obvious need at WR, because he STILL takes time away from the already difficult task of winning.

  4. MODI:

    My bad. I’ll have to check that link. I’m unable to test.

    Burundi:

    I hear that. I think you’re right to draw the parallel between Pittsburgh and Tennessee. Both teams are heavy into ball security and need to run the ball in order to win games. The Steelers, however, during many of Cowher’s final years opened up the offense significantly. They did it with O’Donnell running four and five wide as early as 1995. They did it with Tommy Maddox. They’ve had coordinators like Chan Gailey, Kevin Gilbride and Ken Whisenhunt who were all very creative. The Titans have been mostly Mike Heimerdinger for as long as I can remember. There was a time back in ’04 when McNair was league MVP that they were pretty aggressive in the passing game.

    I think one of the biggest problems in all this is OUR collective ability to DISCERN when he actually DOES something vs. when someone SAYS he did something or SAYS he said something. His image and voice are so over-exposed that its impossible to separate the real from the fabricated. I’d be willing to bet that if you asked the average fan, they’d say there was an incident involving him just about every week this season.

    That would be very far from the truth. In fact, we know now that ESPN and Ed Werder incorrectly reported several of the stories out of the Dallas camp. Deion Sanders went on record at NFL.com on this very issue. So, there is this notion that he is “out of control” which is difficult to substantiate in this instance.

    I believe, based on my recollections, that he’s actually given the media very little to hang their hats on this season. Much of what has been reported turned out to be unsubstantiated innuendo.

  5. GN:

    That would be great. As I was alluding to above, the Titans and Steelers have both had dalliances with more wide open passing games. Folks seem not to remember, but Derrick Mason used to play for Tennessee and was rather prolific. They spread the ball around to Frank Wycheck and Yancy Thigpen for a little while. At present, no team has worse wide receivers than the Titans (excepting new addition, Nate Washington).

  6. T3,

    The more I think about it the more I would love to see him in San Diego. That offense would be ‘sick’ and could very well bring a title in the process.

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