A Letter of Defense to Protect Terrell Owens Against the Legions of Ignorance

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIMarch 6, 2009

So Dallas Cowboys, your idea for fixing a team that fails to meet the their high expectations is to get rid of your most productive offensive weapon and replace him with a multi-million dollar cap-hit.

Bravo Jerry Jones, you just made a great move that will really help...the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, and the rest of the National Football League.

Jerry Jones is normally a man wise enough to see past the media-fabricated drama but this time his age has begun to show. Clearly, the Cowboys have become much more interested with being politically correct than with winning football games.

As we all know, T.O.'s departure is due to the alleged drama he creates inside and outside the locker room. I don't like Terrell Owens and I don't care for his personality but what exactly is it that he did that was so distracting?

So he felt that his coaching staff and teammates were cutting him out of the loop and favoring Jason Witten. I suppose T.O. might be a little bit on the paranoid side but aren't we all? That drama was more over-blown than Albert Haynesworth's salary.

I personally felt that Owens had cleaned up much of his behavior compared to his days in Philadelphia. In the meantime, he's caught more touchdowns during his three-year tenure in Dallas than any other wide receiver in the entire league.

This is what Terrell Owens contributed to the Cowboys' chances of winning from 2006 to 2008...

2006: 85 receptions, 1,180 yards and 13 touchdowns.

2007: 81 receptions, 1,335 yards and 15 touchdowns.

2008: 69 receptions, 1,052 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Did you know that was the best touchdown production in any three-year span by a Dallas Cowboys receiver since the 1970s? Not even Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin could touch T.O.'s level of production.

Yet, he somehow was causing more damage then good?

To believe that cutting Terrell Owens was a good move by the Dallas Cowboys, you must believe the following...

That removing him from the roster will magically enable whatever receiver who replaces him to not only contribute all of Owens' statistical averages, but also enable the rest of the team's production to go up as a result of Owens being out of the locker room.

Also, you must believe that all of this aftermath has to be worth the millions of dollars you're throwing away in cap space that takes away from other areas of the roster they could have been attending too.

May I ask what it was exactly about Owens' presence that hurt the team's moral?

What is it, that him causing distractions and being the focus of media attention suddenly prevents other players from playing their positions well? They are all grown men and I didn't see anything that came out of Terrell Owens that wasn't taken care of in a quick and respectable manor.

Great move Dallas Cowboys, you just hurt your chances of improving next season and in the future. If the team does get better, it won't be because they're without Terrell Owens. It will be because...

a. The team improved as a whole.

b. Other teams play worse.

c. Dallas manages to get hot in January.

I don't feel there is anything else to say. The Cowboys made a bad football decision, plain and simple. It should be alarming enough for Cowboys fans to see their team act so stupid, but it's even more alarming for those who feel it was the right decision.