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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: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2010 1:52 am

First T.O., then the collateral damage

You're talking about the defense that finished 4th in the league last year and is returning all their starters??!! Idiot... Do your homework before you spout off about things you obviously have no clue about...

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2010 1:15 am

First T.O., then the collateral damage

After reading a bunch of the other peoples comments, and some have valid points, your seems to be most right on I think. He has lost a step or two, it happens with age and will compete and possibly not most get the #2 spot and be just a 3rd down slot reciever. Also with the blocking yea LOL, Ed Reed and Polamalu twice in a season YIKES!

I guess it is a good fit, Cincinatti is always in desperation mode with players and seem to want the baggage? Well thats why they cant dominate that division more than one season ever.... But the team is going nowhere this year, TO will make no difference, Palmer probably wont make it through the season, Baltimore and Pittsburgh I think will make the playoffs over them (i Know Roth suspension). They wont get a wild card. The defense is average at best and the team is full of terrible human biengs. May be good football players but they suck as people. With all of that combining someone is going to disrupt the team. It will not be T.O. though!

This really is not news that a 36? year old wide reciever is doing ANYTHING, I am just glad he didnt come back to the Eagles!!!!

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2010 12:35 am

First T.O., then the collateral damage

#3- Ochocinco is the man here and T.O. respects him. This gives some credibility to the idea that T.O. will fit instead of rock the boat. Maybe it will be like Lebron joining Wade(although add 10 years). These guys will want to be together.

I actually like Bengals, and for the record, I considered the idea of TO in New England.  I just have a issue with #3.  If TO considers Ocho as number one, then why does TO refer to Ocho as Robin and himself as Batman?

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2010 11:02 pm

First T.O., then the collateral damage

Do some research Iggle65, Bengals had the fourth best defense last year.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:57 pm

First T.O., then the collateral damage

I have to say I agree more with Prisco on this one.  For better or worse, this organization, its ownership, its coaches and its players are used to dealing with big personalities and players with troubled pasts more than any other team.  Chad and TO aren't just teammates they are also good friends.  TO came on Dancing with the Stars to support Chad and was on his first episode of his reality show.  I follow Chad and Chad hasn't stopped tweeting about how excited he is that we signed TO.   Most importantly, due to the fact that Chad and TO are so similar, I think they understand one another very well.  Lastly, Palmer is used to dealing with Chad's personality and won't put up with any nonsense from either of them.  I think Palmer had the power to veto this move and it would never have made it off the ground if he did not want TO.  However, the contrary happened and Palmer played the most important part in convincing Mike Brown and Coach Lewis to get TO in stripes.  Only time will tell, but I think this team is more mature and hungry than in the past. 

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:47 pm

First T.O., then the collateral damage

"The Bungles stink on defense and now have a bunch of has been's and never was's on the offensive side.  Goodbye Marvin Lewis!"

I read this website all the time as a guest, but I literally created an account just so I could comment on how moronic your post is Iggle65.  Did you even follow profootball in 2009?!  You said the Bengals stink on defense? Are you aware that the Bengals had the 4th best defense in the NFL last year?  Why comment when you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about?

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:44 pm

First T.O., then the collateral damage

Easy guy. Trying to talk football. I'm pointing out a fact that the Bengals have a huge gap at QB behind Palmer and that could be a problem. Get over the childish "my dad's bigger than your dad" act. Never slammed on the Bengals at all. Grow up and talk sports.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:24 pm

First T.O., then the collateral damage

The Bungles Stink on defense

Really?  Seriously? The Bungles Stink on defense?  Wow.  It was my understanding they had one of the best Defenses in the league last year and was a major factor in why they even made the playoffs. 

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:23 pm

First T.O., then the collateral damage

hey buddy, great recommendation, ill pass it on if its ok with u.. thanks again bye for now

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2010 10:21 pm

First T.O., then the collateral damage

Stink on defense?  I guess only 3 teams in the league didn't stink on D since the Bengals had the #4 ranked D in the league last year.

If you are going to talk smack, at least have a clue first.

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