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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

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2010 2:27 pm

Owens talks and we like it.

He actually makes a good point....Jerry was kinda "SOFT". And if you had 2 HOF quarterbacks throwing to you and you were always the primary receiver you should put up those type numbers as well. Then to add the NFC WEST as always been a WEAK division. Sorry, i have to somewhat agree. As for the whinning part, trust me, now one whined for the ball more than JERRY RICE.

Since: Jul 4, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2010 1:25 pm

Owens talks and we like it.

go back to britain!!!  (notice how i didn't capitalize anything in this really really really really improper sentence)...i studied journalism for 2 years before i realized the print medium is dying and it's up to entertaining articles like prisco's to carry on the next generation.  sorry!

Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2010 1:24 pm

Owens talks and we like it.

I for one like Pete Prisco's Points! I too hate when guys use all these annoying cliché that basically show they have NO COURAGE! And yes, unless you are from another planet, he was taking about Ben "Rottweiler" Roethlibgerger. T.O. is also right when he say's other guys can yell at folks and no one say's anything about it. For example, in the AFC chanpionship game, Payton Manning was yelling at Jeff Saturday and the commentators said Peyton was being "passionate" becasue he wants to win". Meanwhile, when they lost the superbowl a couple weeks later, Payton just walks off the field (Poor sportsmanship) for all those Payton fans and no one said anything. Oh, it was chalked up to he is hurt. Bull..... I never played in the pros, but I played highschool Football and two years in college and there were games where we got BLASTED and I never walked off the field without shaking the other teams hand. Open your eye's people and respect people when have courage....At least the guy did not run over and kill someone and get 18 months (6 months reduced) or have rape allegations, or DUI, or hit his girlfriend or wife or any of those things that can hurt or kill people. I love when T.O. tells it like it is. "To quote" If it looks like a rat, smells like a rat, it must be a rat!....LOL....

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2010 12:51 pm

Owens talks and we like it.

 All I heard was more QQ from Owens. WAH WAH WAH, I didnt have 2 of the greatest QB's of all time ... but the good QBS I did have , I trashed in the media and was a crappy teammate to them. Did I mention I can't catch passes either? Did I mention that rules today allow for more passing? Did I also mention that at Jerry's age , teams actually wanted him to play for them and would have payed top dollar? meanwhile Im stuck to 1 year contracts making joke money compared to some lesser WR's in the NFL? If my mouth wasn't bigger than my talent , Id probably put up Jery esq numbers too ....fools. Im da best!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2010 11:44 am

I'm guessing you don't study journalism ...

In Journalism, the paragraphs have always been one or two sentences. Have you ever gone to journalism school? Have you ever written for a newspaper or a magazine? It is even more apparent online. Why? Because people have short attention spans. You have to break the story up whenever possible, because the eye will get bored and tired. These are proven facts. This is why there aren't a lot of words in advertising anymore either. In the past, two or three block paragraphs were common in print advertising. Now, there may be one sentence. It is sad how people don't read much anymore, but it has been the journalistic style as far back as the 1930s. If you notice, the style now is a lot of white space, shorter stories and more pictures.

Don't blame journalism; blame yourself for watching television and not picking up a book once in a while. By the way, if you are going to major in journalism, you will fail out for writing really long paragraphs. The lead is only supposed to be 25-28 words, and the other paragraphs shouldn't be much longer. You will have red corrections all over your paper, and you will see a large 'F' on it as well. My advice to you is to actually study journalism before you criticize it.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2010 10:18 am

Owens talks and we like it.

You have no idea what you're saying. I have a journalism degree, and one-word sentences are fairly standard. I think you're confusing journalism with English composition or literature.

Go pick up a newspaper -- or go to any newspaper website -- and click on any story. They are plenty of one-sentence paragraphs out there. In fact, a rule of journalism is to keep the lede (the first paragraph) short and punchy. Rarely do you see more than one sentence in an opening paragraph.

If you're going to criticize, at least have a clue what you're talking about. And yes, I know I ended that sentence with a preposition. So if it makes you feel better ....

If you're going to criticize, at least have a clue about which you speak.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2010 4:08 am

Owens talks and we like it.

Excellent post smythe!  And dont forget the fact that Jerry worked hader than 99% of these WRs today! 

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2010 4:00 am

Owens talks and we like it.

I agree with some of your assessment however, TO led the NFL in drops (catchable ones) while with I wouldn't say "his drops are exaggerated" 

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2010 3:25 am

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

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2010 3:19 am

Owens talks and we like it.

Guys are bigger and faster?  Really?  So guys like Mike Singletary, LT, and Ronnie Lott couldn't play in this era of football




 You name 3 of the greatest defensive players to ever play the game? You are the joke and T.O is exactly right. go look at game film from the 70's and 80's and compare it to the film for the last 15 years and you will see that the whole NFL is full of guys who are bigger,stronger and faster. Owens does not drop balls on a regualar basis either clown or he wouldn't have over 1,000 catches. His drops are exaggerated  and he gets drops for some balls that most WR's wouldn't even get to.

 Jerry Rice is the greates WR of all time and T.O said that when first asked and then gave an honest answer.

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