Mercurial wide receiver Terrell Owens was interviewed on set for NFL Total Access this week, and the video was subsequently posted on the mothership, Bengals.com. After you watch the video (see it here) you’ll be shocked that the team wanted to trumpet the fact that he talked on air about the organization. He basically threw it under the bus. Repeatedly.
Here are some of the highlights:
On Carson Palmer:
“Obviously if you have your franchise quarterback who is supposed to be that guy for your team trying to get out of there, that’s kind of telling the organization something,” Owens said. “And that’s telling a lot of people out there something as well.”
About the organization, presumably.
“I’ve made a comment about if you’re trying to win some championships, it starts from the top down.”
“Offensively, we really didn’t have the coaching that we really needed to muster what we had on the offensive side of the ball.”
In the immortal words of Bill Lumberg, “Yeah…..”
Of course, T.O. has a long history of destroying locker room chemistry, criticizing quarterbacks, coaches, and executives, and generally making an ass of himself in front of eager cameramen. This is the same script played out in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Buffalo. After all, he was the only major addition to the starting 22 players and the Bengals went from 10-6 in 2009 to 4-12 in 2010. Under that line of thinking, Owens is directly responsible for the changes in the team’s fortunes.
Then again, you know he’s right.
Does the Bengals ownership leave a lot to be desired? Yep. Do you trust them to do what makes the most sense for the team? Nope.
So, he’s right there.
Do you think it’s odd that the franchise quarterback wants out and is threatening to retire in the prime of his playing career? Yep.
Right on that score too.
Then there’s the coaching. Do you think the offensive coaching staff knew what they were doing in 2010? Do you think Bratkowski made the best use of the talent he had? Is there any plausible reason why the offense was so bad?
No, no, and no.
Owens is another loudmouth athlete and spotlight whore who’s opinions aren’t worth the kilobytes they are printed on. He’s a cancer and a diva and has no idea what he’s talking about, as usual.
Yet he’s absolutely right.