November 09, 2005

Way to go Andy!

Others have been talking about the Terrell Owens situation in Philadelphia. I agree with everything they said, yet I was compelled to add my two cents.

I applaud Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles for the way they are handling T O. A four game suspension, including last weeks game versus Washington, and then they are planning to deactivate him for the rest of the season. By deactivating him, that prevents another team from picking him up. That also means they have to pay him for the rest of the season, outside the games he is suspended. Why would they do that? Two words: Salary Cap. With the signing bonus, if they released him now it would go all to this and next years salary cap. That more then likely would put the Eagles over the top and then they would have the penalties for it. By keeping him, yet deactivating him, it’s actually cheaper on their salary cap to do it that way. Moreover, they can try to trade him to another team so they could take some of that salary cap hit after the season is over.

Personally, I like the idea just because he can’t play then. He has always given me the impression of a man who only is interested in himself, fame and money. To me it seemed he would do anything to get media attention, either stupid stunts or shooting his mouth off in press conferences. Instead of relying on his talent, which to be honest he is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, he relied on controversy to get him into the spotlight. Every time I saw a press conference involving him, I saw a man that would promote himself and slander his teammates. By taking him off the field, they have removed him almost completely from the spotlight. There will be no announcers talking about how many touchdowns he made in a game, no analysis talking about how effective he was last weekend. More importantly no pre or post game interviews. You are hitting him where it hurts the most.

Players like T O are nothing more then a cancer to their teams. Football is a team sport. Guys like this don’t bring anything to the team. They actually eat away at the camaraderie, the unity, the morale and the goals of a team. Could you work with a person that continually bad mouths you, tries to grab the spotlight for themselves, and gets in your face when things don’t go their way? I know I can’t. The only way to get rid of a cancer like this is to cut it out. That is exactly what Andy Reid and the Eagles did. They realized this player is doing more to hurt the team then to help it. In a show of class, they decided they were not going to put up with his antics anymore. Good job guys, good job!

There are other primadonna football players out there beside TO. How I would love to see every team handle them in the same manner. That won’t happen, but it would be nice. I know that as soon as the Eagles release TO or start to trade him around, another team will pick him up.

Rumor has it that the Green Bay Packers are one of the leading contenders to work a trade for T O. I’ve heard this from three different sources, none of them confirmed from a reliable source. I pray this is just a rumor and not true. Many fans would rather suffer a 5-year losing streak then to have this cancer on our team. Actually, I don’t think this rumor can be true, why? Because of salary cap reasons. Green Bay just cannot afford to pay him his contract under their dangerously tight salary cap as it is.

Posted by Contagion in Football at November 9, 2005 12:37 PM | TrackBack

It is interesting to see him desperately scrambling now. "I was wrong, blah, blah"
He knows he's f%&%ed and he doesn't know how to fix it. It is quite comical actually. I hope his career is over.

Posted by: oddybobo at November 9, 2005 12:15 PM

That whole press conference was absurd. You know what would be great. The Eagles say OK Terrell, you're not suspended. We want you to dress for all remaining games. And then not play him at all. I bet his head would explode.

Posted by: spurs at November 9, 2005 12:48 PM