Ever since the release of Terrell Owens I have been deep in thought.
Was this the right move?
Has Jerry been Jerry again and found a new fad for his team to live by? And is Owens just the collateral damage of this fad?
Owens was a great wide receiver, a true star in the NFL.
This past season however Terrell Owens started to show his age. At 35 he is obviously not going to be the quickest receiver, add that to his poor ability to run routes and you have a train wreck waiting to happen.
Owens was targeted 140 times through the air last season and caught just under half those balls (69). Under half, for a so called star they are some shocking numbers. Pair that with 12 drops and 1000 yards isn't even worth it for all the attention he is getting.
Romo throw 14 interceptions last season and eight of those balls were picked off while looking for Terrell Owens.
So not only is Owens declining in his production, but he is pulling his quarterbacks numbers down with him. Not just numbers, but games as well, many games would of turned out a lot differently if Romo had thrown eight less interceptions.
Yes Owens was perhaps a bit of a scape goat for a 9-7 season, but no quarterback should keep throwing to a receiver when he is only catching 50% of the the balls thrown to him. No quarterback should, with Owens on the team though Romo did keep throwing the ball to Owens and he throw it to him a lot, but it still wasn't enough and Romo was under constant pressure to get T.O. the ball so he wouldn't grab an earful in the huddle.
With that kind of pressure no quarterback can perform to their potential.
Roy Williams was brought in from Detroit and never really grasped playing in Dallas, partly because he couldn't learn the playbook properly or getting his timing down with Romo. The other reason though was that Owens was on the team and no receiver is going to play nearly as well as they should with him on the team.
Now with Owens gone Romo can go through his reads properly and throw the ball to the open receiver without worrying about coping abuse for not throwing to one particular person.
He can mature more as a quarterback and lead his team through that cold stretch in December.
Owens is declining no matter how many times he denies it. When he put up great numbers it was almost OK to hear that Owens would whinge every so often, but now that he isn't what is he really doing for his team?
Dividing it, making it a pressure cooker for his quarterback and making it far more difficult for his quarterback or fellow receivers to fully develop.
With this in mind there should be no argument or doubt that T.O. Had to GO.
I gotta hand it to you Jerry, you made a good decision and I think Dallas will become a better team because of it.