T.O. Causing Trouble Again? Not This Time

Roger HarfordCorrespondent ISeptember 29, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Wide receiver Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills lines up on the line of scrimmage during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York.  The Bills won 33-20.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Terrell Owens has talked his way out of every NFL city he has ever played in, from San Francisco to Philadelphia to Dallas.

Now he is working on talking his way out of Buffalo too. Or is he?

Despite being egged on by reporters during his entire press conference on Sunday, Owens refused to say anything bad about his team.

For the first time in 185 games, Owens didn't catch a pass in Buffalo's 27-7 loss to New Orleans on Sunday.

And even though TO was clearly upset by this fact, he had nothing bad to say.

Reporters were clearly trying to get Terrell to complain about the play calling or his quarterback Trent Edwards, as he has been known to do.

It started with simple questions about why the Bills lost and why they couldn't execute. Fine, just trying to get his perspective on what they can do to improve next week.

Then they moved to questions about the play calling to which Owens responded, "I'm just going with the plays that are called." Ok, looking for answers about offensive strategy from an offensive player.

Owens was asked if he was frustrated with these plays. This is flirting with the fine line between looking for insight and looking for a cheap story.

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But when he was asked if he and Lee (Evans) were being wasted in this offense that was where they crossed the line. If Owens wants to throw his team under the bus again, he has proven he can do that perfectly fine without help from the press.

There is no reason to try to talk Owens into being a problem.

When TO refused to give a yes or no answer to that question, the reporter started suggesting answers. This isn't reporting anymore, it's trying to find a story where there isn't one.

I understand the job of a reporter is to get the story. But when you are trying to force a story to develop, that isn't getting a story anymore.

Believe me, I'm not a TO apologizer. I don't like his attitude just like I don't like the whole "prima donna" receiver attitude. But it isn't right to try and force Owens to get himself into trouble.

He can do that just fine by himself.