Signing Terrell Owens Could Put Peyton Manning's Broncos "Over the Top"
As the divisional round of the NFL postseason approaches, several NFL teams could benefit by adding additional firepower on offense.
If the goal is to win a Super Bowl, signing future Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens could be the difference between "one and done" and winning a championship.
Peyton Manning rolls into next week's matchup with the Baltimore Ravens commanding an offense that has exceeded expectations in the production department. The Denver Broncos currently ride the NFL's longest winning streak (11 consecutive games) and appear to need little help moving the football through the air.
Which is exactly my point.
The "don't fix what ain't broken" philosophy cost Peyton Manning the opportunity to win championships every year from 2007 to 2010.
The Indianapolis Colts felt that despite lacking a second exceptionally productive wide receiver, they could win playoff games by relying on Manning to compensate for the team's many shortcomings.
Hopefully Denver doesn't make the same mistake.
Double coverage can be devoted to Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker but the Broncos cannot count on the rushing prowess of Lance Ball to take the pressure off of Manning's shoulders.
Willis McGahee is out for the remainder of the season and the Broncos rank towards the bottom of the league in yards-per-carry (23rd).
That's a problem.
If the Ravens drop into nickel-plus coverage and swamp Manning's weapons with defensive backs, don't expect a B-grade passing performance to carry Peyton to a second Super Bowl title.
Terrell Owens has the football-IQ, athleticism, dedication and drive to take the top off of the defense and create mismatches that Manning could capitalize on.
If defenses devote coverages to stopping Owens, it would help free things up for Thomas and Decker, and vice-versa.
Owens stands available, motivated to help an organization win and win now.
The Houston Texans could certainly use help in the wide receiver department—unless they expect Ken Walter to terrify postseason defenses.
The New England Patriots could potentially coast to a championship with a player of Owens' caliber on their roster to mentor their younger receivers, take away pass-defensive coverages and serve as a deep threat down the field for Tom Brady.
The San Francisco 49ers were a few plays away from making the Super Bowl last year when their "don't fix what ain't broken philosophy" netted them three total receptions for 39 yards and no touchdowns from their receiving corps in last year's NFC Championship game.
Can they give Colin Kaepernick someone else to throw to?
The Packers and Seahawks could stand to benefit too.
It's not often that a player like Owens is available this late in the season. If any of the contending playoff organizations are truly genuine about their desire to win a championship, making a move to sign Terrell Owens could benefit their team's chances.
The Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers stand out as obvious examples of teams that are one player away from dominating the rest of the postseason.
The Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks stand out as examples of teams that are in dire need of some additional firepower if they hope to keep their championship dreams alive and avoid instant elimination next week.
If the name of the game is "championships," now is the time to make the move to afford your team the best opportunity.
"The great Bill Walsh once told me that Terrell Owens has as high a football I.Q. as a receiver, as any player he ever tutored or coached in the film room." -Skip Bayless
That is, if you want to follow the advice of a man who was truly known for championship success.
Ryan Michael is a Senior Writer for Bleacher Report. Any questions, comments or professional inquiries can be directed to his email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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