Why Terrell Owens Will Find Career Redemption with Seattle Seahawks
After failing to be signed by an NFL team in 2011, after embarrassingly playing for and being cut by the Indoor Football League's Allen Wranglers, Terrell Owens will get exactly that with the Seattle Seahawks this season.
Every occurrence involving Owens is met with criticism from some faction of the media, but the future Hall of Fame wideout is in line for a career resurgence in 2012.
Pump the breaks a little—I'm not calling for a 80-catch, 1,200-yard 12-touchdown season—that's not necessarily what defines a career resurgence at this point of Owens' career.
At 38 years old with an abundance of doubt surrounding him, within what most likely will be a run-heavy, control-the-clock offense, Owens can make a drastic impact without accumulating such gaudy numbers.
The Seahawks are in the midst of a three-candidate quarterback competition, so there is undoubtedly a question mark at that vital position.
Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson all have potential under center, but regardless of the winner, it's unlikely that Pete Carroll's offense will be led by a true, game-changing gunslinger.
The more practical, effective and frankly more efficient approach to the offensive attack will be in the form of steady ground game.
Marshawn Lynch—if not suspended by the league—will be the offensive focal point, and he should be. If he does miss a considerable amount of time, punishing rookie runner Robert Turbin is ready to step in behind a quality offensive line that's been meticulously built in the first two years of the Carroll era.
But the Seahawks won't be able to field a winner if they're one-dimensional and rarely threaten the secondary down the field.
The front office knows that, which is why they signed Braylon Edwards a week ago and inked Owens on Monday.
How will Terrell Owens fare with Seahawks in 2012?
T.O. is a versatile wideout. He can beat cushioned cornerbacks down the field with gradual acceleration that transforms into legitimate top-end speed and is strong enough to fight off press corners who attempt to jam him at the line.
He's easily the most physically-gifted receiver on the roster, is certainly the most experienced, and is precisely what the Seattle's quarterbacks need.
At this point of his tenure in the NFL, Owens will understand he's not playing with a mid-2000s Donovan McNabb. He must accept the role as the savvy veteran who'll move the chains and occasionally go deep for one of the three rather unproved Seattle quarterbacks.
In the Seahawks offense, with the current quarterback situation, a 50-catch, 700-yard, six-touchdown season, numbers hardly out of the question, would significantly benefit his new team, and give Owens something he's wanted for a year—redemption.
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