Saturday, March 07, 2009

Exuent, T.O.

So Terrell Owens is gone from Dallas, after three tumultuous seasons that -- again -- started off with TO saying all the right things, but slowly morphed into significant strain between the wideout and his quarterback. Eventually, the TO saga ended in Dallas with a split among some of the players, public spats among teammates and a resulting rift right down the middle of the locker room that left the Cowboys as a team simply unable to focus on what the needed to focus on, on winning the games at hand. Make no mistake -- it is no coincidence that the 44-8 drubbing at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles on the last game of the 2008 season in a win-or-go-home game for both teams happens to be TO's last game with the team. Just as was the case in San Francisco and in Philadelphia before this, TO just gets into the bloodstream of whatever team he is playing on, and ruins them from the inside unless and until he is simply sent home.

Interesting, Mike Greenberg said on ESPN Radio this morning that at one point on Thursday, all but three teams had publicly expressed their lack of interest in bringing TO, and all the baggage that comes along with him, to their teams. The three stragglers included New Orleans, where coach Sean Payton came on to ESPN late on Thursday to publicly state that the Saints will not entertain bringing the man in to camp, as well as Tennessee, whose GM also came on the air this morning to declare his own lack of interest. I had originally thought of maybe Minnesota, who is desperately in search of a passing game, but their head coach Brad Childress was square in the middle of the TO situation in Philly a few years ago as the offensive coordinator, and would not be willing to get involved with that whole mess again. I also considered Baltimore, who thought they had signed TO already before he ended up in Philly several years ago, but their head coach was also in Philadelphia during the TO debacle. And since the guy burns every single bridge he's ever played at, at this point this leaves TO with just one team who allegedly is not dead-set against bringing his whole act into town.

The Oakland Raiders.

Is it me, or is Al Davis looking and acting crazier than ever? Would he actually consider bringing the biggest anus in the NFL into Oakland to make a run at establishing some kind of a passing game at one of the clearly worst teams in the entire league? Would TO end his career by running routes and catching passes thrown by JaMarcus Russell, as the kid learns the ropes of playing quarterback in the NFL? Between all the dropped passes of the past couple of years, and all the drama that is TO, would the Raiders even be any good with TO in the works?

Wouldn't it be awesome if just nobody would hire TO, at any price? Is that even possible to happen?

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Blogger Memphis MOJO said...

It won't happen, but would be awesome if it did.

2:27 AM  
Blogger l.e.s.ter said...

It's possible the Raiders learned something from their Randy Moss experience. And maybe from their DeAngelo Hall experience. I could see T.O. not getting signed at all, too, a la Barry Bonds. Unfortunately, I think somebody will snap him up, especially if they can make that signing at a bargain rate. My nightmare is that it's Danny Snyder. T.O. is one of the handful of football player names that Danny is likely to know. With the acquisition of Haynesworth and Hall, he's signaling a willingness to gamble on locker room question marks, just like Al Davis. And I'm sure Danny thinks that T.O. would be extra-motivated in the divisional games. I wish I was making this up, but the handicappers agree. From Bodog right now:

Raiders 11/4
Redskins 17/4
Jets 8/1
Bucs 6/1
Pats 6/1
Titans 7/1
Dolphins 16/1
Eagles 50/1
Field 1/1


3:57 AM  
Blogger Julius_Goat said...

The good news is that, if TO is signed by the Detroit Lions, he will immediately snap his right leg in seven places, and then be eaten by a gorilla.

4:04 AM  
Blogger Wwonka said...

Patriots Baby.

Someone is going to sign him.
can you even Imagine Randy Moss and T.O with wes Welker in the slot. That would be lethal. Probably not enough Footballs to go around.

2:00 AM  

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