The Terrell Owens Effect
When Terrell Owens was "kicked out" of San Francisco, we all thought that maybe it just wasn't a good fit. Things went smoothly for a while in Philly, but then he got into it with Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb.
That probably could have been overcome by the team with Super Bowl aspirations, but then of course there was the news conference Owens held while doing sit-ups in his driveway.
So he went to Dallas. Many Cowboy greats were upset with this because they did not think Owens deserved to wear the star on his helmet. Among this group were Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin.
Everything went smoothly for a while (aside from the Lance Armstrong imitation in training camp) while Bill Parcells was at the helm. Everyone knew Parcells was not going to take any of the crap T.O was used to dishing out. I think Owens did as well because he was relatively quiet for a while. However, when Parcells left, so did all sanity in Big D.
Owens was the subject of an alleged suicide attempt that may or may not have taken place. And then there was last season when he complained of not getting thrown the ball enough. He claimed Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten were scheming to not throw the ball to him. This caused the locker room to take sides and in my opinion was the major reason for Week 17 breakdown against the Eagles. Jerry Jones thought a change was needed and so he got rid of him.
Now, the troubled wide receiver is in Buffalo. The Bills are promising with quarterback Trent Edwards and wide out Lee Evans, but they are in the same division as the Jets, Dolphins, and the Patriots, which proves difficulty.
I'm going to watch the Bills closely this year and over the next few years. I personally think that everything will go fine this season, but look for things to erupt once again in 2010.
However, one thing is for sure: Buffalo is pumped with having T.O. in their city this year and expectations are off the charts. My prediction for the stay in Buffalo: The Bills won't win a championship, but Owens will be signed for another year.
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