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First T.O., then the collateral damage

Posted on: July 27, 2010 7:34 pm

So the Cincinnati Bengals sign Terrell Owens, and people want to know who gets the first get-well card. I'd suggest Marvin Lewis, followed by Carson Palmer.

Trust me, it's a close call.

It's not only that Lewis will have to deal with the inevitable disruptions that come with hiring Owens; it's that he'll must deal with Chad Ochocinco, too, if and when he complains that not enough passes are coming to him. I mean, you add Owens to a mix that already includes Ochocinco and Antonio Bryant.Tell me how you keep all of them happy campers. My guess? You don't.

Now I know what you're thinking: Owens wasn't a disruption last year in Buffalo. In fact, we barely heard a peep from the guy. But that's because we barely heard a peep from the Bills. They stunk, and Owens was a non-factor. The Bills aren't exactly a high-profile team, and when Owens went there I thought he might fade into oblivion if the Bills faded. As it turns out, he did.

But now he has an opportunity for lights, camera, T.O., again, and pity the poor souls who get in his way. The head coach is first in line because Owens has demonstrated over and over again he cares more about himself than he does his head coach, and if you don't believe me ask Andy Reid. Or Steve Mariucci. They put up with him until they could not, which didn't take long -- with Reid sitting him down midway through his second season in Philadelphia.

When the season was over he let Owens walk, which tells you how much Philadelphia valued him. It didn't.

But the quarterback will be in Owens' line of fire, too, and I feel for Carson Palmer when Owens thinks he's not included in Carson's party. Too many times he's complained about not getting the football, and too many times he savaged the quarterbacks who made him famous -- trashing Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo. Pardon me, but weren't all these guys Pro Bowlers? 

If Owens is smart he'll shut up and play as he did in Buffalo. Cincinnati needs playmakers to take the load off Ochocinco, and Owens will give you glimpses. He turns 37 this season, and he's not the receiver who regularly pulled down a zillion passes, produced over 1,000 yards in catches and had double-digit touchdowns. But he can be a receiver who is better than what the Bengals had to go along with Ochocinco last season, which, basically, was next to nothing.

Of course, that is if he decides to be a team player. He can be, and he has been. But he's not someone you can trust. He's a volcano waiting to erupt, and there's no telling what or who will push him over the edge. Frankly, he wears me out, and I don't live in the same locker room with him. The guys who do? I wouldn't trade places with them. If they're not listening to him pontificate, they're asked about something he did or did not do to drew attention to him. That gets old.

Look, the problem here is that it's not just T.O.; it's T.O. in Cincinnati where you have two guys cut from the same mold. Ochocinco likes the spotlight as much as Owens, and he'll do anything ... and I mean anything ... to get it. So you have two guys playing the same position, demanding one football and playing to one camera, and that sure sounds like trouble waiting to happen -- with Lewis and Palmer the first casualties.

For their sake I hope I'm wrong.

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2010 11:33 am

First T.O., then the collateral damage

Bengals stunk on defense. Are you just kidding me, or did you not watch Football at all last season?OH!!! Cowboys fan, that explains A LOT!!!!!

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2010 11:25 am

First T.O., then the collateral damage

Everyone who is wondering what happens if and when TO goes Bizerk......It is an incentive laden contract:

If he does not beat out Bryant for the #2 spot then he is pretty cheap to release. 

If he casues problems, he is pretty cheap to release.

Any way you look at it problems or not, the Cinci passing game will be 3x better than last year.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2010 11:19 am

First T.O., then the collateral damage

Im looking forward to a lot of excessive celebration flags....should be entertaining.

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:43 am

First T.O., then the collateral damage

You must have gotten this article in just under the had to be doing something else all night and realized that your editor was waiting for some response from you to the signing of T.O. so you threw this together and made it just in time to avoid getting in trouble. Those have to be the reasons for this lopsided nonsense of an article - pure idiotic Bull$@#!
The Bengals are going in to 2011 with a triple threat - Ocho, T.O. and Bryant, not to mention the TE and Cedy Benson. Yet there are always naysayers, cheeseeaters, and hatemongers who can't wait to spread some negativity on this situation. Let the man play the game, then comment on the outcome, rather than all of this unfounded speculation that "he's lost a step, he's no longer a factor, he will be a distraction, blah, blah, blah - SHUT UP!
If another writer lost his job and was applying for work somewhere else, you would deem it outrageous that other wirters would campaign and or comment that he shouldn't be hired at another company because of his dealings with former employers. That's because we all have the right to work, so does T.O. Let him do his thing, and let's see how it turns out.
Quit printing all of this doom and gloom commnetary. As you mentioned - " Frankly, you wear me out" with this stupid line of reasoning.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:24 am

First T.O., then the collateral damage

Where have you been for the last decade?  Get your head out of the sand, dude!  Sick and tired of the lame comment that TO has never had a brush with the law therefore, he must be a stellar citizen.  He is out for #1.  Period.  He could care less about the organization, his coach or his teammates.  He is a cancer!  He has been a cancer on EVERY team he has been on save his one year of purgatory in Buffalo.  He will continue to be a cancer in Cincy because that is all he knows.  There is nothing but history to support the majority of media/fans low opinion and subsequently low expectations of TO.  That doesn't make them (us) haters!  You are obviously the hater - a McNabb hater.  Talk about a stellar citizen!  The guy who has chosen to take the high road his entire career!  The guy who has said the right thing at the right time his entire career!  The guy who has had EVERY single move or comment scrutinized to the nth degree by the Philly fans and media!   Yet you choose to support the serial idiot...  The guy with the reality show... The guy who can't seem to hold down a job... The guy who gets unceremoniously bounced from every team he plays for... Please.  GEt a grip, dude!  Stop being a hater!

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:19 am

First T.O., then the collateral damage

Wasn't getting rid of TO touted as "addition by subtraction"?
Now all of a sudden it is being called Addition by Addition?
It can not be both.  I agree with Judge.

Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:47 am

First T.O., then the collateral damage

Just another uninformed person with little knowledge of the game.

If "stinking" on defense is equal to the 4th best defense in the league last year, then the Bengals are going to "stink" it up again this year. 

No matter who the Bengals have on offense, their defense will still be the best unit on the field. 

Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2010 8:39 am

First T.O., then the collateral damage

I think people better watch out for this one.  They are going to be a squad.  Yes, T.O. and Ochocinco have their problems, but they are friends.  I don't think there will be a problem between the two of them.  Palmer on the other hand, I feel for that guy.  Even if they finish 12-4 he will feel the wrath of two idiots complaining to him...all the time.

11-5 AFC Championship game!

Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2010 8:03 am

First T.O., then the collateral damage

Judge, this might be a little bit emberassing...

TO and Palmer have worked together all offseason.
Ochocinco has been tweeting non-stop that he's okay with being no2, and even joked about taking a pay cut.
Antonio Bryant's knee is hurt and nobody's sure how much he'll really be able to play.

Brown didn't even want TO until these guys started asking for him.
Lewis hardly seems upset about it.

Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2010 4:05 am

CBS writers rival the idiots that post comments

Let's got out the way that Judge cannot write a pro-Bengal story to save his life and that every time something newsworthy happens one writer does a pro piece, the other the anti.
Let's move onto the schedule the Bengals have this year. The Steelers and Ravens are always tough. Out of the AFC North it's @Pats, @Panthers, Bucs, @Falcons, Dolphins, @Colts, Bills, @Jets, Saints, Chargers. The away games look especially difficult and frankly the Bengals will need as much help as they can get.
Thirdly, this is for one season only. The chances of a 2011 season grow bleaker by the day and it's not as though a 38 going on 39 WR is going to be around, this is one and out.
Fourthly, the Bengals blew their recent drafts with WRs, Jerome Simpson was a horrible call in the 2nd. Add in Coles for $9.75m and Bryant at $9.4 and free agency doesn't look good either. $2-4m for TO looks positively great in comparison.
As for the comments, Reed's out for most of the season, Polamalu could get another injury easily thanks to his style of play. Neither WR is likely to receive too many double teams so productivity should rise.
The defense was ranked #4 last year. TO has never been arrested so not sure how he'll fit in with the "criminal element". Note there are 9 other teams with more arrests since 2006, look at the Jaguars as the new kings on the crime block.

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