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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: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2010 2:45 am
 

Owens talks and we like it.

Finally, a sportswriter with some self respect. Owens is an easy target for the psuedo-conservative who pander to the alarmist masses, the same people who boo at the cheating transexuals on Jerry Springer. Owens has been a dominant force on the field for a long time and real football fans focus on this, not on the drama of he said she siad that is more interesting to overweight trailer ghetto baby mamma's in hotpants. Prisco is my new favorite writer, a humanist who sees the real value in a genuine character and talent instead of jumping on the easy bandwagon of mindless gossip. Congradulations Prisco, you are a the real deal. First, I think it's laughable that you just called Pete Prisco the real deal.  Second, it's not a matter of "he said she said" or "mindless gossip" when a guy has gotten a reputation as being just as disruptive in the clubhouse as he is on the field.  The fact that you would even say something like this is mind boggling to me and other real football fans.  Owens is the guy who has sought the drama out.  Owens is the guy who told Playboy that he thought Garcia was gay instead of just keeping his mouth shut and no commenting.  Owens is the one who decided to start exercising in his driveway to pander to the media.  Owens is the guy who showed up to Cowboys practice in the bicycle riding outfit, complete with helmet, to work on the stationary bike.  Owens is the guy who talked about how Tony Romo was his quarterback, then implied that Romo and Witten were conspiring to keep Roy Williams and himself from getting catches.  Owens is the guy who has his own reality show revolving around his completely uninteresting life.  It's all publicity that he has sought out.  The reason why people "jump on the easy bandwagon" is because he built the bandwagon and has been dragging it for, damn near, his entire career.  It's extremely difficult to look at someone in a different light when you've already seen that person's true colors.  Dominate receiver or not, there's a reason why Owens has rarely ever finished out a contract with a team.  Whenever Owens has been available, there's a reason why teams debate bringing him into their locker room.  It's the "mindless gossip" and the "he said she said drama".  It always opens up the question of whether or not his talent is worth the possible locker room drama that Owens will bring.  Eventually, the answer usually becomes "no".





Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2010 2:35 am
 

Quit defending the selfish and arrogant a holes

Owens has single handedly ruined the 49ers, Eagles and Cowboys team chemistry.  Quit bailing this guy out!! I dont care about his numbers or the fact that he talks trash "but he can back it up".  The guy is a cancer.  Just catch the football, shut your damn mouth and act like you've been there before.  Enough with the media fawning all over him.....have some respect for the game and those who played before you.




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2010 2:29 am
 

Owens talks and we like it.

Jerry played when football was still football, you could actually hit a player hard and not worry about penalties.
Jerry constantly went over the middle and actually "caught" the ball in traffic and never went to the ground, even when safties were head hunting players then (just like his team-mate Lott would do).  Sorry Owens, you can't even go through the middle and catch the ball the last 5 years, and that has been well since the rules changed and they protect your sorry-ass now so you can't get hit like you used to.

Jerry racked up yards because he never left his feet.  He would almost always catch the ball while still running and continue to gain yards after.  Owens on the other hand (when he catches the ball) flops to the ground or leans toward the out of bounds. 

This guy makes me absolutely sick.  Narsasistic idiot.  Oh, jerry had it easy.  I would of liked to see Owens play one season back in the mid 80's.  Never.  He has no heart.
^ This is right on the money.  The rule changes over the past decade have made for a more favorable environment for the passing game.  Receivers used to get chucked off their route, 7-8 yards downfield, regularly in Jerry's day.  Guys are bigger and faster?  Really?  So guys like Mike Singletary, LT, and Ronnie Lott couldn't play in this era of football?  Quite frankly, if the defensive players are bigger and faster, what about the offensive players?  They have just stayed the same?  Owens is a joke.

The fact of the matter is that Jerry Rice put up a 1,200 yard season at the age of 40.  That was back in 2002.  That was only 8 years ago.  Back when Ray Lewis was a monster.  Back when Champ Bailey was younger and faster than he is now.  The REAL difference between Owens and Rice is that Rice caught EVERYTHING that was thrown to him and catchable.  He didn't have Owens' size or speed.  He was a better route runner and he didn't drop passes, like Owens does on a regular basis.





Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 11:37 pm
 

Owens talks and we like it.

thats no lie, how in the world can TO say jerry had it easier ? jerry played when it was tougher on QB's and WR's , they have skirts on now because the NFL is catering to the younger fan base that love high flying offenses . if jerry played today, his numbers wouldprobably be twice as high as they are already .



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 11:19 pm
 

Owens talks and we like it.

Jerry also played when you could "touch" and "hit" the WR/TE beyond five yards down the field.



Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2010 10:57 pm
 

Owens talks and we like it.

Finally, a sportswriter with some self respect. Owens is an easy target for the psuedo-conservative who pander to the alarmist masses, the same people who boo at the cheating transexuals on Jerry Springer. Owens has been a dominant force on the field for a long time and real football fans focus on this, not on the drama of he said she siad that is more interesting to overweight trailer ghetto baby mamma's in hotpants. Prisco is my new favorite writer, a humanist who sees the real value in a genuine character and talent instead of jumping on the easy bandwagon of mindless gossip. Congradulations Prisco, you are a the real deal.



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 10:43 pm
 

Owens talks and we like it.

I think that Owens is right on a few of his claims, but for the most part it is his opinion, and if you ask questions that allow him to give his opinion instead of facts then you cant blame him.

I would love to have a guy on my team that took care of business on the field and didn't get in trouble and the only thing you had to worry about was his mouth. That's what the head coach is for to control the side lines and locker room, along with the other coaches



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 10:36 pm
 

Owens talks and we like it.

 

So sad to see real Journalism thrown out the window these days. I'm not talking about the substance of Prisco's articles, I'm talking about sentence structure and grammar. One sentence paragraphs? You're destroying the English language. Note to all those in Journalism school: you'll fail out if you aim to mimic Prisco's writing style.

 

Nice to see that the grammar critic can not spell out simple words like 'I am', 'you are', or 'you shall/you will'. Yet, it is Pete Prisco destroying the English language.




Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 10:22 pm
 

Shut the F--- Up Terrell

Jerry played when football was still football, you could actually hit a player hard and not worry about penalties.
Jerry constantly went over the middle and actually "caught" the ball in traffic and never went to the ground, even when safties were head hunting players then (just like his team-mate Lott would do).  Sorry Owens, you can't even go through the middle and catch the ball the last 5 years, and that has been well since the rules changed and they protect your sorry-ass now so you can't get hit like you used to.

Jerry racked up yards because he never left his feet.  He would almost always catch the ball while still running and continue to gain yards after.  Owens on the other hand (when he catches the ball) flops to the ground or leans toward the out of bounds. 

This guy makes me absolutely sick.  Narsasistic idiot.  Oh, jerry had it easy.  I would of liked to see Owens play one season back in the mid 80's.  Never.  He has no heart.




Since: Jul 31, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 9:40 pm
 

Owens talks and we like it.

Did you even read the blog??  He is on Terrell Owens side you fool.  Prisco is explaining he likes the fiery side of him and how he speaks his mind.  And he is not like the other guys.  The whole thing explains that and he gave examples with the Jerry Rice thing.  You are a complete and utter moron!


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