In an extensive interview yesterday with the AP prior to Cowboysâ€™ practice back in Valley Ranch, Terrell Owens answered any questions fans might have about their performance to date in the preseason (0-2) by stating, â€œWeâ€™ll be fine once the season starts, I promise you. Once the preseason is over, I think itâ€™s almost like another switch is turned off and another one is turned on.”
Bold words, yet somehow gratifying to a Cowboys nation that hasnâ€™t seen their team perform up to expectations so far against San Diego or Denver. When asked about Fridayâ€™s match-up with the Texans and whether it will be more of â€œdress rehearsal” than previously, Owens said simply, â€œWeâ€™ll play however much Coach Phillips says we will play.”
When questioned about the unfortunate injury to WR Miles Austin and the other young receivers on the teamâ€™s status, Owens was confident that the team was in good shape with what we have regardless of his status but he was much improved over last year. Sam Hurd, who Owens has worked with quite extensively, also has been performing well in camp and preseason.
Regarding the much-hyped Super Bowl talk, Owens said, â€œObviously everybody wants to win the Super Bowl. My goal is different. My mentality is I want to win a Super Bowl, but we canâ€™t win a Super Bowl without winning a playoff game. So my thinking is letâ€™s win a playoff game.”
You canâ€™t really argue with that logic, sort of a â€œhorse before the cart” type of thinking on his part. Which is the proper way of looking at it, Iâ€™d say. As for last yearâ€™s playoff loss to the Giants, Owens had four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown, but all in the first half, so when asked about that, he said, â€œIf you go back and watch that game, I felt like I could have done more.”
Frankly, the entire team â€œcould have done more” but itâ€™s nice to hear someone take some responsibility for that game. Itâ€™s always entertaining when T.O. has these little press interviews, but this one was probably great to read just for the timing of it after the loss to the Broncos.
In other news/rumors, the requested trade by Cardinalsâ€™ WR Anquan Boldin has renewed the rumor of the Cowboys having an interest in acquiring him. But most believe this wonâ€™t happen for two basic reasons, the Cardinals donâ€™t want to deal him to a team they have to play this season and the Cowboys wonâ€™t have enough salary cap room to negotiate for him. So you might as well not count on that happening if youâ€™re a fan whoâ€™d like to see Boldin in a Cowboys uniform this year.