posted by auburntigerstick at 1:14 PM
Time for Eagles to cut Owens or cut him a check. By all appearances, Andy Reid is poised to make the biggest mistake of his head coaching career on Wednesday morning. If Reid welcomes Terrell Owens back to his team, he turns the Eagles' 2005 season over to the most immature and selfish athlete in all of professional sports. The team Reid has carefully built into one of the best in the NFL will officially be in the hands of the last man anyone at the NovaCare Complex can trust. Since last week, when I wrote that the Eagles had to put an end to this Owens fiasco immediately, the petulant wide receiver has staged a mind-bogglingly immature and destructive media campaign. He far exceeded the behavior that drove Reid to suspend him in the first place. And yet Owens is scheduled to meet with Reid on Wednesday morning. It appears he will be on the practice field, catching passes from the quarterback he branded a "hypocrite" on national TV. Perhaps, if he exercises more self-control than he's managed so far in 2005, Owens can get all the way through the day without making an ass of himself or his franchise.From that moment on, Reid will be coaching a Super Bowl-caliber team with a time bomb attached to it.Every time Owens drops a pass, you'll wonder if it's a job action.Every time Owens looks like he's giving less than 100 percent effort to catch a ball, you'll wonder if he's getting his revenge.Every time Owens doesn't hold a block on a running play or runs a half-hearted route when the ball's not coming his way, you'll wonder if he's making Reid pay. Every time Donovan McNabb underthrows Owens or doesn't see him when Owens thinks he's wide open, you'll wait to see if Owens blows up. So will Reid. So will the coaching staff. So will the other players. And it will be easy, because a TV camera will be trained on Owens at all times, in every game. Every facial expression and comment and wave of the arms will be scrutinized and analyzed like satellite pictures of the old Soviet Union. Every time Owens scowls, McNabb and Reid will be asked about it in their postgame news conferences. Every time Owens says or does something immature, his teammates will have to answer a bunch of questions about it. Remember last year in Pittsburgh, when Owens stalked McNabb along the sideline? The next week, the two recreated the scene comically, and the issue went away. That won't be possible after the events of the last few months, and especially the last week. A similar episode this year will look like Chernobyl compared to that. This is what the Eagles are signing on for today. That's not idle speculation, either. That picture is based on the way Owens behaved in his final tumultuous seasons in San Francisco. He has already mastered the art of infuriating his coaches, alienating his teammates and betraying his fans. Is there any reason to believe he won't work his peculiar magic again? Was there something about the sit-ups on the lawn or the ESPN slander spree that makes you think Owens has a conscience or an ounce of respect or compassion for the people he works for and with?Get real. It is possible Owens has decided he has to play a certain role to get through his meeting with Reid. It's the same role he played last year in convincing the Eagles he wasn't the jerk everyone thought he was. He can pull it off again. But it is not possible that Owens will be able to stay in character for the entire season. It just isn't, not after all that has transpired.
Terrell Owens is the reincarnation of Jesus if you think about it logically. Terrell and Jesus both walk on water, they both are black men in their early 30's, they both have a vigorous appetite for hot sauce and southern cooking, and both of them love their mamma. God bless the son of God, T.O. May Yahweh smile upon thee, Terrell Christ. The bounty of the Lord and the Eagles go with thee...the only difference between Jesus and T.O. as far as their current status is concerned is that Jesus never caught 77 passes.
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