When the 2010 season started, many thought that Terrell Owens would be a distraction and do more bad than good. There were also playoff expectations for the 2010 squad.
Neither have been a reality so far.
That was until last night, and no, the Bengals have not magically gotten nine wins credited to their season, but T.O has finally opened his mouth.
Owens made his statement last night on the T.Ocho show. When his sidekick, Ochocinco, asked him why he thought the team was 2-11, here is what he said:
"I think there's underachieving from the top down," Owens said. "You start with the owner, you start with the coaches. And obviously we as players, we are a product of what the coaches are coaching us throughout the course of the week.
"Of course, we have to go out there and play the game. But in order for us to do what we're allowed to do at the best of our abilities, the coaches have to put the players in the best position."
Owens would continue to speak of his frustration saying that he was at an all-time low and he cannot believe how poorly the team has played.
So is Owens wrong for speaking out, and is he right about who is to blame?
No and yes!
Owens should be placing blame on the coaches and ownership, which, let's face it, has been bad for many years. With the talent that has been assembled, it is horrific that Marvin Lewis has only been able to win a whopping two games this season.
T.O. also said that the reason they have been losing leads late in the game or in the second half is because of the coaching staff's inability to make adjustments to what their opposition is doing.
Most of the time it looks negative when a player points his finger and blames someone other than himself, but not in this case. Owens has been a lone bright spot for a team that ranks near the bottom of the NFL in offense. Owens has been nothing but a professional during his stay in Cincy, and the fact that he finally spoke his mind should be applauded.
Like many Bengals fans, Owens realizes how half-ass the organization is. Mike Brown is simply too old school for the 21st century NFL, and until he goes, the Bengals will be Bungals for eternity.
Terrell will likely be heading out to another team in 2011, as he only signed a one-year deal. Also moving on will be Marvin Lewis, and hopefully most of that staff.
So for once, let's give T.O. some credit for telling it like it is and sharing his opinion on the franchise, which most fans will agree, is not the poster child for a quality NFL franchise.