Don't Say No to T.O: Five Reasons the Rams Need Terrell Owens
The St. Louis Rams are reportedly nearing a deal with Terrell Owens for the upcoming NFL season. Sporting a receiving core of Donnie Avery, Laurent Robinson, and rookie Mardy Gilyard, the Rams could use a legit touchdown threat like Owens.
Sure, at age 36 Owens has lost a step or two over the last few seasons, but he's still a scoring threat wherever he goes.
True, his production did drop off a bit recently— dropping from 81 catches to 69 to 55 in 2007, 2008, 2009, respectively—but his touchdown numbers haven't really showed any signs of dropping.
I'd argue his 2009 season, a five-touchdown year in Buffalo, could be moreso attributed to the quality of quarterback he played with.
In other words, Brian Brohm, Trent Edwards, and Ryan Fitzpatrick aren't Tony Romo.
So, now that Owens has left Buffalo for greener pastures, where should he go?
Reportedly, the teams that have serious interest in him are the Cincinnati Bengals and the St. Louis Rams. Neither team is a real threat in its respective conference to make a stop in Dallas in February, but for Owens, a paycheck is a paycheck.
I'm going to assume Marvin Lewis doesn't want another "character" in his locker room which already has Chad Ochocinco.
Here's why if Drew Rosenhaus and Terrell Owens come calling, the St. Louis Rams need to sit and listen.
1. Rookie Sam Bradford Needs Help
Setting up the offense for a rookie quarterback who's likely the starter for week one without anyone to throw to?
That's like building a house without a bathroom. It'd be pretty annoying having to use the neighbor's bathroom, or, god forbid go in the great outdoors.
I would imagine it'd be similarly annoying trying to win games as a rookie quarterback with no guaranteed playmaker in your receiving corps.
Terrell Owens could be the St. Louis Rams' bathroom.
No, not that he would be easy to dump on, but he could be an essential piece to any kind of early success for Bradford. The last few highly drafted quarterbacks all had help last time I checked.
Matt Leinart had Larry Fitgerald. Too bad for him it's like having the bathroom but not the key to unlock the door. He still hasn't figured it out in Arizona.
Matt Ryan played with a true stud in Roddy White and later got Tony Gonzalez. He had the key to the house, used the bathroom, flushed and washed his hands. Translation? He did everything he needed to win in Atlanta in his first season.
Mark Sanchez had not only a top-five running game in 2009 to work with, but he also had established receivers Jericho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards as well as speedy and physical tight end Dustin Keller.
Sanchez was like the bottom part of a toilet seat in New York last season. He made sure everything stayed above water and didn't let anything fall through. He performed well in the latter parts of the season and into the playoffs.
Matthew Stafford didn't have to face too high of expectations in Detroit. That's why, when Detroit nabbed Stafford to go with Calvin "Megatron" Johnson, every Lions fan and his sister called each other and were oh-so excited for 2009.
Well, Stafford was like the bathroom plunger. His play kinda stunk, but as expected, he did his job well enough to garner some praise.
Then again, what plunger costs $40 million guaranteed?
And now finally, I leave you with Sam Bradford. He is like the shower in the bathroom. He's going to clean up that team's offensive woes—assuming he gets some help. Terrell Owens could be like a shampoo and conditioner bottle for the Rams, helping the team wash away the offensive struggles of last season while helping clean up young bright spot Donnie Avery's all-around game.
2. A Young Offense
I had to look very hard to find photographic proof the St. Louis Rams scored any of the 12 passing touchdowns ESPN.com credits their offense with in 2009.
It's kind of like finding a picture of Bigfoot, a UFO, or the Lochness Monster. You might want to keep this one for your memory. You might never see it again.
All joking aside, Donnie Avery, pictured above, has gobs of talent, and bringing in a Terrell Owens can only help that.
T.O. would be the No. 1 or No. 2 receiver, but either way he'd be splitting opposite of Avery. This would open things up considerably for the only offensive threat aside from Steven Jackson.
If Avery can capitalize on single coverage, he'd be poised for a breakout and hugely helpful 2010.
Lets not cast aside the fact this is Sam Bradford's team, and he's going to be a young starter in a tough situation. The more help he can get, the better. Bradford will get one rude awakening if he's stuck with what he presently has in 2010's week one.
He'll be shouldering the load, and historically, that doesn't make for a good season, or a start to a career. Just ask David Carr about not living up to expectations.
Bottom line: Terrell Owens can help the Rams in multiple ways on offense. He'll further the progression of Donnie Avery by making the game easier for him, and he'll give Sam Bradford a legitimate threat on every down. The Rams don't have another player on their roster that they could say the same about.
Say what you will about Terrell Owens as a player and person, but he draws attention—and a crowd—wherever he goes.
Whether he's doing crunches in his driveway for a camera crew or eating popcorn in a cameraman's face in Dallas, TO knows how to get a show going.
To help St. Louis Rams fans "get their popcorn ready,, what better way to bring fans to the stands than to sign a high profile, high visibility, and highly marketable athlete like Owens to the team?
The old saying goes, "It's a lot happier on top".
The same could be said for the cheerleaders in the NFL.
When the team you're cheering on, stinks,it's gotta be a tough gig.
"YAYY GO RAIDERRRRS!!!"
What's she really thinking?
"Oh god, I can see JaMarcus Russel's lovehandles from here..."
True with the Rams as well.
Hard to start a cheer for an offensive drive, if there's no offense besides Steven Jackson.
Lets hope the Rams sign Terrell Owens, if for no one else, the cheerleaders. At least they'd have a reason to cheer about ten times a season then.
5. Owens is Motivated
When you hear that name, what comes to mind?
If you said "cocky, spoiled, team wrecker," I wouldn't be surprised and I wouldn't say you're wrong.
I'd just ask you to add these words to your definition: Hard worker. Motivated. Last Chance. Epiphany.
Terrell Owens, somewhere down the line, will realize his antics are starting to cost him. Cost him job opportunities, cost him relationships with coaches and players in the league, and cost him, most importantly, a shot at the Hall of Fame.
Yes, I threw out there that Owens is a HOF'er.
It's my personal opinion. While he may not have a jersey retired when it's all said and done, he's been among the Marvin Harrisons, and Randy Mosses his time in the NFL. Sure, he hasn't put up 23 TDs in seaso like Randy, but he didn't disappear for two years with a team like him either. Oh, and he's never had Peyton Manning, either.
All past notes aside, Owens is likely on his last leg in his NFL journey, and i'm sure he'd like to end on a good note, with people having good things to say about him once his time is done in the league.
Of course the McNabbs and Garcias of the world may have a few choice words for him, but I think he could really show a different side of himself in St. Louis. Last year, Owens had a show, and he made a big fanfare of his coming to Buffalo. No one knows how much of it was Vh1's doing (the channel who hosted his show), but it made Owens look like a savior coming to resurrect the Buffalo Bills. He didn't live up to that.
This, all adding up to why he has every bit of motivation that he can handle, coming into 2010. He's never had this much to prove, and i'm sure he'll be better for it.
It's sink or swim time for the man known as Terrell Owens. The only question I have left? Can Rams swim?