Bengal fans had such high hopes before the season and they started out winning two of their first three games, including one against the Baltimore Ravens.
Unfortunately, their season was over before it started due to one event that many of us saw coming a mile away. They couldn't help themselves. Why, despite all the evidence showing what a disaster signing Terrell Owens would be, they went ahead and did it anyway.
Yeah, let's hear from all the apologists. It's not his fault, they will say. He hasn't caused any trouble, they will say. Look how great he is doing! He hasn't even had one outburst! He's been a model citizen! He just wants to win!
To these fine delusional folks I have but one word to say.
Go ahead and give him all the love he so desperately needs. He's getting plenty from Marvin Lewis, Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, and Bob Bratkowski. But he needs more. He can not, and will not, ever get enough. At least Owens is happy. Which is a pretty good achievement for the Bengals.
At least he isn't destroying the team by blowing up.
So what's wrong? This is actually pretty easy to figure out, although many will disagree. Their vision is clouded by a mysterious aura that surrounds Owens. An aura that can't be penetrated by more than a few enlightened fans of his current team.
Bills fans never saw it, but they were terrible and he was just going through the motions, trying to lay low so he could get another contract.
Cowboy fans didn't see it until his last year there after it became patently obvious that he was dragging the team into the abyss.
Eagle fans never saw it and still don't know what hit them.
49er fans, as bad as their team has been for 7 years now (and counting), are thanking their lucky stars that one more fan base is getting to suffer their pain.
So how is Owens killing the Bengals? In his last 5 games, he's averaging over eight catches per game, over 100 yards per game with 7 total touchdowns. Those are incredible stats! How can he be killing the Bengals with stats like those? Is it his fault they are 0-5? What other reasons could there be?
Well, how is Ochocinco doing? only one game in that stretch with over three catches.
How about Cedric Benson? Only one game over 70 yards and just one TD in the last five games.
Is it a coincidence that in the Bengals only two wins this season, Owens averaged 3.5 catches, 48.5 yards, and no scores?
Here's your answer in one word.
I'm sure the front office and coaching staff realizes their mistake and won't have Owens back. The question is, who will be foolish enough to sign him next year?