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Owens talks and we like it.

Posted on: July 31, 2010 5:08 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 5:09 pm
 

GEORGETOWN, KY. -- Terrell Owens' mouth is a big reason why some people don't like him. It never has bothered me much.

In a league of cliché-filled players, where coaches instill the hate-the-media mentality in most, Owens isn't afraid to let loose.

I like it.

But Saturday when I asked Owens an innocent question about Jerry Rice, his former teammate, looking for a stock, canned, accolade-filled answer since Rice is going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next week, I never thought Owens would take a little shot.
 
The question: Your numbers are Hall of Fame worthy, but if you average 1,000 yards receiving for six consecutive years, you still wouldn't catch Jerry. Do you look at his numbers?

Innocent enough.

Most players answer it, say some niceties, and that's that.

Not Owens, who is in his first season with the Cincinnati Bengals, having signed this week as a free agent.

"What he's done throughout his career is phenomenal, it's unparalleled," Owens said here during a break at Bengals training camp. "Look at the quarterbacks he had and the teams he's been on. The defenses early in his career pretty much were Cover-1, Cover-3. There wasn't a whole lot of double-teaming, two-mash and all this stuff. Joe and Jerry ate up coverage early on in his career. That's where he chunked up all those yards. It's hard for a receiver now to put up those types of numbers year after year. All the coverages are different. Guys are bigger, faster and stronger."

Translation: Rice had it easier than he did -- even if Owens admitted that what Rice did was impressive.

That's Owens: Candid and Controversial.

Owens didn't stop there. When I asked him about his reputation, and how he's never been in legal trouble, yet viewed as a problem player, he went off, taking a veiled shot at Ben Roethlisberger, who was involved in a much-publicized sexual assault case in Georgia this year.

"I pride myself with the fact that my grandmother raised me right," Owens said. "She taught me right from wrong. You see guys that had DUIs, domestic violence, club altercations, rape allegations, things like that. Myself, I get thrown into the same category with those guys. I don't see how that is. Again, it's ignorance if you ask me. I've had no off-the-field problems. It's mind-boggling."

He's got a point. Aside from his mouth -- and there are things he should never have said -- is he really that bad?

Owens' career numbers are impressive. He is sixth all time in catches (1,006),  third in yards receiving (14,951) and will move to second with 258 yards this season. He's also third on the career touchdown reception list with 144.

Those are first-ballot numbers. Owens isn't counting on it.

"I know the media," he said. "It's going to be about my character. Even if it's about my character, I know character is clean. I have had no run-ins with the law."

He does have a laundry list of spats with teammates, sideline theatrics and some other team-breaking habits. They've all been magnified, in large part because he brings the spotlight on himself.

"I speak my mind," he said. "Look at the sideline things. They're blown out of proportion. You can't hear the audio, but the commentators seem to know what I'm thinking. If it's somebody else, then it's them being a team leader. Myself, it's a total opposite. You see any other quarterback (doing it) or any other team leaders doing that, that's what they say. It's that guy being fiery. He's being a team leader. He has passion for the game. If it's me, I'm being a distraction. They want to throw me off the team. They want to call me a cancer. It's unfair, but it's something I have to deal with. I dealt with it over the years. It is what it is."

Once again, it's a fair point. How can we in the media not love a guy who speaks his mind? Even if he jumps down our throats at times, it's a lot better than dealing with one-game-at-a-time talk.

And I know this: If I'm a coach, I'd much rather have my receiver crying for the ball then crying to get out of jail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2010 1:41 am
 

Owens talks and we like it.

Just remember the "Fridge".  He was bigger.  Doesn't mean he was better, jackass.

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 You are the jackass idiot. You are cherry picking. The NFL as a whole is full of more players that are bigger and stronger and again you pick one of the best CB's to ever play the game (Sanders) and one of the fastest DB's to ever play. Look all around the league now and you have defensive lineman who are as big if not bigger than the Fridge that are much faster and stronger than him. If you can't see how much bigger, faster and stronger the players of today are compared to 15 and 20 years ago get over to Pearl Vision Center and pick up your prescription. Chump



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2010 7:17 pm
 

Owens talks and we like it.

Now! That's who Terrell Owens is.  He speaks his mind and he doesn't care what anyone thinks.  Now that attitude can get you into trouble, I mean we all witnessed the drama unfold in his career.  But does that necessarily mean he can't play the game?  Of course not!  He's a tremendous athlete and his skills are up to par with the receivers in this league.  Hell he can still be a number one receiver on plenty of teams including my Raiders.  As for last year in Buffalo he showed he can keep his mouth shut and went to work everyday for a struggling team.  That showed his maturity and willing to do what it takes to play the game.  All he wants is to go out winning a Championship.  The Bengals are lucky to have signed this guy thanks to part cause most people are afraid to get out of their comfort zone and take a risk.  He'll be an excellent addition to their receiving core and will give Carson another weapon for his disposal, which makes this a dangerous team in their division.  Hate him as you will but you can't deny that everyone will get their "popcorn" ready when he hits the field next month. 



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2010 6:59 pm
 

Owens talks and we like it.

I started all this saying the article was just poking pointy sticks at people. But thats nothing. Now the grammar police are all over this. Ha ha.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2010 6:01 pm
 

Owens talks and we like it.

Singletary   6'1"  230 lbs

Urlacher    &nb
sp; 6'4"  260 lbs   BIGGER STRONGER FASTER and that is 1 example
Bro, that only counts as bigger.  Not stronger OR faster.

Ray Lewis 6'1" 250 lbs.  He's not bigger but may be stronger.  Also doesn't mean he's faster.

Name a cornerback who's faster than Darrell Green?  While bigger and stronger, yeah, but faster or BETTER?  Doubtful.

How about Deion Sanders?  How many defensive backs are faster or better?

I can keep going if you'd like.

Just remember the "Fridge".  He was bigger.  Doesn't mean he was better, jackass.



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2010 3:34 pm
 

Owens talks and we like it.

First, before you speak on a situation, know your facts.  He didn't have to report to the Ravens, because he was a free agent.  If you can remember, there was a court case about the whole situation.  The NFL made settlement with Baltimore, 49ers, and the Eagles.  The Eagles gave up a no name dE for him.  He wanted to get out of San Fran and who could blame him.  The way he went about it was childish.  In Philly, Mcnabb was more to blame than anyone.  Look at the facts.  There was not a problem until T.O. ask for his bonus to be push up one more yaer.  In the grand schemes of the NFL player pschy,  that is not alot.  They asked Mcnabb his thoughts about the situation and quote "i do not get involved in anyboby elses contract".  Next week he tells the media we gotta give westbrook an extension.  If the locker was so split up, why did 37 players go to his birthday party after he was suspended.  If Mcnabb was not atleast 50% to blame, why did he lobby Shannahan to bring him to Washington.  The man is Dr. Jeckyl and Mr Hyde.  We all know that.   I hear some media saying he is not a first ballot hall of famer.  On the field he is easily a top five, maybe top three receiver of all time.  numbers dont lie.



Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2010 3:01 pm
 

MR CRY BABY

T.O. is a momma pet, he is the nfl version of a overrated-jinx..no matter what teams he plays on, your not going to the superbowl, unless he gets injured..then he will show up to help you finish off your lost point in blank philly..at least one thing is for sure cicinnati you can take this to vegas will not be going or winning the superbowl, with MR AKA DRAMA QUEEN OWENS   



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2010 2:49 pm
 

MR GREATNESSS

T.O. is great I give his props, but he has it all wrong.. Rice played in a era where coverages we a lot different. Owens plays in a era where the rules committee is looking to enforce the vertical game an more points. T.O. is not overrated but in fact a player whom you can count on to not bring your team a lombardi superbowl trophy. Iam glad the skins didnt pick him up, because he is a jinx, ask sanfran, philly, buffalo and dallas..no superbowl for Mr Greatness 



Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2010 2:45 pm
 

Owens talks and we like it.

I agree with all the comments on Rice.  What a coward to chock Rice's all-time best career up to his teams only.  Yeah, because that's how he got all those yards after catch, huh?  That's how he, you know, CAUGHT everything thrown his way (which T.O. could improve on).  What a loser, trying to undermine someone's career after they've retired as some sick justification as to why HE isn't the greatest ever.  What a joke.

Like someone else said, he's not a bad person.  First-ballot hall of famer, for sure.  But he's got mental problems, ego problems, and he'd throw his grandma under the bus if he had to.  Just an awful teammate.  Palmer's got his work cut out for him this season.  He'll be hearing complaints in stereo!  That's why T.O. sucks.  He's just a complainer.  Me, me, me.  But here's a newsflash, dude!  Rice was simply better.  In every possible way.  With less physical tools.  Get over yourself and admit it.



Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2010 2:43 pm
 

Owens talks and we like it.

Really now...who even cares about sentence structure. I know I ain't one who does. The English language has so many different words that mean the same fricken thing. I don't care if sports stuff has one sentence paragraphs or 20 sentences crammed into one paragraph. This is all about sports no matter how it wrote.
If you want education go to the education channel.
If ya wanna be a bozo do it somewhere besides on a sports page.
Your post sucks.
Great article about T.O.
Very well put by Prisco. I think your sentence structure is awesome and the grammer ain't bad neither.
Thanks for the mostest, and bestest damn article i've saw.



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2010 2:34 pm
 

Owens talks and we like it.

WTF is "we"?


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