Thursday, August 11, 2005

The plan is clear

As Terrell Owens hits the local (Ch. 6) and national (ESPN) airwaves tonight to slam coach Andy Reid and teammate Donovan McNabb, it is clear he has a plan: Be such a pain in the butt that there is no way the Eagles can bring him back.

This was the plan all along. He told the Inquirer's Stephen A. Smith a couple of weeks ago that he was going to go to camp and threatened to be a distraction. All of that is true.

Think about it. Report to camp as a martyr. Fake an injury and sit out a few practices. Tell the team and fans that you are not signing any autographs. Fight with the coach and get thrown out of camp.

Perfect. (Insert evil laugh, here)

He has forced Reid's hand into sending him home (not a suspension, says the Eagles) for a week and there are some of us believe that he won't be back. Reid said today that he wants to meet with Owens before letting him on the field next Wednesday.

That conversation, if it even takes place, will not be pleasant. Not if T.O. keeps attacking with brutal precision.

A week ago, it looked like the Eagles had the upper hand. Today, Owens may have taken the advantage.


At 11:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A week ago, it looked like the Eagles had the upper hand. Today, Owens may have taken the advantage."
i don't understand. taken the advantage of what?what will he accomplish? at this point, even if he gets released nobody can (or would) offer him more money. it is too close to the season with not much cap room available anywhere and all of his goodwill gone. so what advantage has he gained? the only winners in the situation are the rest of the teams in the nfl.

At 2:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know this has been said before, but I have to get it off my chest: Professional athletes are, for the most part, greedy people living in a fantasy world. The situation with T.O. exemplifies this.

I could not walk in to work with an attitude because I desire more money. I could not tell my employer to "shut up" or "don't talk to me, unless I talk to you." Terrell Owens talks a lot about this being "business" and the "management" not approaching him with a "business attitude," well I have news for T.O.: The world you live in, buddy, is fantasy, not business.

Being a football player is not a business occupation, nor does it merit a business attitude outside of the Front Office. In no other industry do people get to work with a ball on a field or play a game they played as a child. I feel frustrated that so many athletes, T.O. in this case, talk about "business" or "feeding their family" when what they do is not a business. Don't get me wrong, the NFL is a business, the Philadelphia Eagles is a business, but being a player is not the same as being a businessman, so don't treat it like that.

OK, so Brad Childress talked to T.O. as if he was, get this, a FOOTBALL PLAYER and not a businessman. Thank God for that because if all the Eagles went around wearing business suits and carrying briefcases than I don't think we'd win the NFC East this year.

At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

T.O. seems to have a nagging injury and cannot practice. It is too bad that the Eagles won't put him on I.R. for this injury that won't heal. It may-be the cure for the cap hit too.

At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is true that T. O. is a great receiver and its also true he maybe worth more money but this is not the way to go about it.
Why was he so motivated to play this game after just one year with the team? Is it because he played injured in the SB or is it because he changed his agent to someone who will not make any commission until his player gets a new contract?
My guess is the second one and his new agent talked him into playing this game so that he can make some money now rather than to wait until his present contract expires.
I do not believe that T. O. is stupid if this is what happen but I do believe he is so spoiled he thinks he can get away with playing the game this way. Guess what? I think he is going to lose not only the game but he is going never play this game again.

At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO is the reason why you guys made the superbowl. The Eagles should be doing everything they can to get TO back in camp and happy.

At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO is the reason why you guys made the superbowl. The Eagles should be doing everything they can to get TO back in camp and happy.

At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure there's some people around who, for the right price, could make T.O. go away...

At 11:32 AM, Blogger delbruck said...

How did Owens get the Eagles into the SuperBowl. I dont remember seeing him play in the two Playoff Games. The Eagles were going to the SuperBowl with or without Owens. The NFC east teams all had 6-10 records, so they were making it to the playoffs no matter what. He didnt play in the playoff games (Which they won) and when he did play in the SuperBowl, the Eagles lost (I dont blame Ownes for the loss). So for the $9 million the Eagles paid Owens, all they got were better stats for McNabb and this huge distraction for the team during training camp. I say just pay him his $3 million and deactivate his but. See how he feels when he doesnt get to go in front of the TV cameras every week.

At 12:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to tell you this but the Eagles still have the upperhand. If Owens continues to make a giant pain in the ass of himself, the eagles should go nuclear. Take back the signing bonus 1.87M. The next time he mouths off they can suspend him for 4 games (cost to T.O. 875K) and then when he gets done with the suspension, tell him he is not welcome in the organization and send him home for the remainder of the season (ala Keyshawn Johnson) T.O.'s total earnings for the year =550K and a year out of the limelight. Yes Sir, it sure sounds to me like the advantage belongs to Owens & rosenhaus

At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, a few months back the Eagles should have thrown T.O. a bone, if opnly for his showing up and playing so well in the Superbowl. Likewise Westbrook: you have to reward players who have given there all.

Now, however, the situation is totally out of hand. At the very least, how can McNabb trust Owens any more (not to mention the coaches). Very sad, but T.O. must go. Trade him for a draft pick I say.


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