Some of the things Terrell Owens has done on his former teams have been ridiculous, ignorant, and idiotic. There have been things that he has done to completely rip teams apart—specifically the Philadelphia Eagles—that have made him look like a petulant child.
However, in this case, I believe that Terrell Owens is completely in the right.
For those who don't know what I am talking about, let me briefly explain.
At T.O.'s press conference after Buffalo's 27-7 loss to New Orleans this past Sunday, one of the reporters continuously asked Owens questions along the lines of whether or not he liked the plays that were being called. Owens, for once, did not throw his quarterback Trent Edwards under the bus as the media undoubtedly wanted him to do.
Coming into this season, Owens and teammate Lee Evans, who is ridiculously underrated, were expected to be a great receiving tandem for the Bills. Owens and Lee combined with Buffalo's backfield should have made the Bills an explosive offensive team.
Thus far, it has not worked out very well.
If I were running a team, I would never want Owens on my team in the first place because when things don't go right, it is usually only a matter of time before Hurricane Owens causes major damage. He only has five catches on the season, but some of that may be due to the fact that Buffalo fired its offensive coordinator two weeks before the season started.
Some of that is also due to Edwards overthrowing him and Owens simply dropping passes.
Obviously, it is still pretty early, but Owens is clearly getting frustrated and it culminated against New Orleans when he went without a catch for the first time in 185 games.
Of course with Owens not catching a ball, the media, specifically the reporters at the press conference, expected Owens to go off and start the demolition process.
These questions were clearly designed to bait Owens into saying something that would put Edwards in an extremely difficult and awkward position for the remainder of the season.
I have absolutely no problem asking a player whether or not they liked the plays that the coordinator or head coach is calling. It's a very legitimate question. I have a problem when the question is rephrased and asked over and over again within a span of five minutes as if reporters think all athletes are morons who will not recognize that they are repeatedly being asked the same questions.
Now Owens is being killed in the media for not saying anything?
T.O. later said that he felt like he was in a "no-win situation" with the media, and he is definitely right; but he has made this bed over the course of his career, and now he has to lay in it.
From the latter part of his career in San Francisco until he left the Cowboys, he has spoken his mind whenever someone put a microphone or a camera in front of him. Regardless of how ignorantly I thought those reporters acted, Owens has to expect this until the day he is enshrined in Canton.
He has to expect this because of his actions on previous teams.
He has to expect this because his skill set isn't what it used to be.
He has to expect this because he has dropped a lot of balls over the past couple of years.
He has to expect this because he's Terrell Owens.
I don't want this to come off as me being a Terrell Owens apologist. That cannot be farther from the truth. However, in this case, Terrell Owens is right. At this point, if he says something, he's throwing his quarterback under the bus. If he doesn't say anything, like he did on Sunday, he must be frustrated and ready to blow up at any second.
Perhaps from this point on, he should just go the Rasheed Wallace route and say that "both teams played hard."