Chad Ocho Cinco and Terrell Owens Can't Co-Exist

Michael HammonsCorrespondent INovember 14, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 14: Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off of the field following the Bengals 23-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 14, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts won 23-17.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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I believe in an old saying that goes like this: "If you aren't part of the solution, then you are part of the problem."

The Bengals thought they had themselves a top-flight wide receiver duo heading into this season, but after nine games and a 2-7 record, the final verdict is that Chad Ocho Cinco and Terrell Owens are two guys who each want to be the "main man," and on any given game that they aren't, they won't sacrifice for the betterment of the team

Both men are well over 30 years old, and will not change their stripes at this point.  It's time to move forward.

On good teams, there is a pecking order that everyone understands, but on this team, no one has any idea what's going on.

Blame can be pointed in multiple directions, but on a day where Ocho Cinco played with a lot of heart in a 23-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Owens quit.

Last week, it was vice versa, so when one guy is involved, the other guy simply has to be a decoy, something that is apparently too much to ask.

Not to mention, a guy like Cedric Benson, who was the main cog in a run-first offense last year, is not getting the same consideration this year, and is clearly frustrated.

Additionally, they have rookies like Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham to work in as well.

But back to Owens and Ocho Cinco—it really is like solving a Rubix cube figuring out how to keep them both happy and involved, and Carson Palmer has the dubious task of attempting to do so, all while running around behind a line which can't pass protect.

Carson is far from blameless, but on one of his three interceptions today, Owens quit running.

Additionally, in the final seconds, Owens appeared to be in no real hurry to get back to the line of scrimmage.

Maybe next week against the Bills, Owens will respond and have a huge game.

I have a sense that since it's against his former team, Owens will have a pep in his step, but it won't be to benefit the orange and black, per se, but rather to enhance the name on the back of his own jersey.

Undoubtedly, it will come at the expense of Ocho Cinco, as it may be his turn to play the sulking decoy role once more.

Maybe they can discuss this on their reality this show this week, but much like the final four home games at Paul Brown Stadium, no one will be watching.