Seattle Seahawks: What Seahawks Fans Can Expect from Terrell Owens in 2012
Owens comes with decent upside but drags a plethora of behavioral issues with him. Based on what he's done in the past (especially in his most recent seasons with the Bengals and the Bills), can we expect production out of the future Hall of Famer?
Or will we be hearing a lot of "(Insert QB competition winner here) ... That's my quarterback!"
Every naysayer's immediate argument against Terrell Owens' production potential hinges mostly upon one thing: his age. Realistically, how much damage can a 38-year-old body inflict on a defense?
Hopefully almost as much as a 36-year-old body can. In Owens' most recent NFL season, he played in only 14 games (and saw starting time in 11 of them). During those games, he put up 72 receptions, 983 yards and nine touchdowns. With a full season, Owens has 10 touchdowns and 1,000 receiving yards.
If he can come anywhere close to those statistics, Seahawk fans would be ecstatic.
But the question remains: Has TO lost a step, being out of the league for so long?
Minimal Behavior Issues
This is most likely the biggest concern amongst Seahawk fans at the moment. Wherever TO goes, drama has followed, right?
Not as much recently. Yes, he did have that run-in with the Allen Wranglers. But with his most recent NFL teams, the Bills and the Bengals, Owens has been a good teammate and, more importantly, has not been distracting in the locker room.
Before signing Owens, Pete Carroll conferred with Carson Palmer, whom he coached at USC. Palmer vouched for Owens, and with that, Carroll was sold.
That certainly does put the decision in perspective now, doesn't it?
As for the receiver himself, he is financially inclined to perform for the team. Owens is well behind on some child support payments—which means he needs to earn every penny of that $935,000 contract.
Very good reasons why Seahawk fans should sleep easier this season.
A Coach on the Field
It's well-established at this point that the Seahawks' biggest mysteries are in their receiving corps. One thing is notable and assured, though: their veteran pool is quite limited.
There are only three guys on the roster who have more than a few years of experience: Ben Obomanu, Braylon Edwards and Terrell Owens. Obomanu only has 83 receptions over seven years, so while there is some value to what he could tell young receivers, it pales in comparison to what a Pro Bowl receiver could share. Between Edwards and TO are nine NFL seasons and five Pro Bowls, so one would figure that Owens, arguably the second-most productive receiver of all time, could have his brain picked by the young guys.
Ultimately, youngsters should learn a thing or two from the old guy.