A lot of us want to see Terrell Owens bounce back this season.
There are still some who refuse to look past what is often seen as his insufferable selfishness. There are some who think he's too much of a prima donna to ever succeed in the NFL again. There are some who think he's the epitome of everything that's wrong with the league.
But T.O. has had a rough go of it over the last couple of years. It would be nice to see him make a comeback, even at the age of 38, even after missing the entire 2011 season, even with his fourth team in the last five years.
Unfortunately, though, he seems to be the same old T.O. he always has been.
According to The News Tribune's Eric Williams, the Seahawks' version of T.O. is the same version we saw with the Bengals, and with the Bills, and with the Cowboys, Eagles and 49ers. On Thursday afternoon, Williams wrote:
He still appears to be the same T.O. who complains when things are not going his way. And Pete Carroll will not put up with that from a fifth or six receiver—see T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
And here, Williams raises an excellent point. This is not the same Owens who was once one of the most electrifying wideouts in the NFL. He's not the same player who presented an impossible matchup for opposing defenses. This version of T.O. is way down there on the depth chart.
At best, he's an experiment; at worst, he's a waste of time.
And if these rumors are true—if he really is complaining and making himself impossible to work with—his days in Seattle are going to be numbered. Any chance he would've had at a comeback, or at least of ending his career on a positive note, will have evaporated.
Perhaps it would be a different story if Owens had been wowing Carroll and the rest of the Seattle coaching staff in practice and in the preseason, but that's hardly the case. He hasn't even had a catch yet in the preseason. Meanwhile, other receivers—primarily, Braylon Edwards, at least according to Williams—have been doing their part to establish themselves as must-haves on this roster.
Forget a comeback. If T.O. doesn't shape up soon, he won't even be a Seahawk by the time the season opener rolls around.
There is a way for T.O. to succeed again. He does have something to offer an NFL team, even if it's leadership or experience rather than stellar stats. But to establish himself as worthwhile, he needs to be easy to cooperate with.
He needs to be working as hard as he ever has—or at the very least, showing a willingness to do so—and instead, he's allegedly complaining. And doing this:
(GIF courtesy of The Bleacher Report)
At this point, it's going to take a miracle—and a substantial attitude adjustment—for T.O. to remain a part of this team.
It's hard to watch the downfalls of players who once were legendary. But it's not quite as hard when those players don't appear to be trying at all.