Terrell Owens went without a catch in a game for the first time since 1997. The future hall of famer was less than pleased once the game ended. In his post-game press conference, he was visibly frustrated with his role in this offense, although he didn’t say that. He’s finally become aware that the media will twist whatever he says into a controversy, so he withheld his vitriol from quarterback Trent Edwards.
When asked how he feels about his streak being broken, he said “It’s over.”
When asked about his feeling about this game, he said “We need to prepare for next week.”
When asked what was wrong with the offense, he asked “What do you think?”
When asked about his role in the offense, the plays being called, and his quarterback’s reading of the routes, he responded “I run the routes for the plays that are called”
So in short, he was a smug son-of-a-bitch (See here). But he has to be. God forbid he spoke his mind, he’d be splitting the locker room, causing controversy for his team and bringing the spotlight onto himself. And of course, he’d be feuding with yet another quarterback. But would he be wrong?
There’s no way the locker room is pleased with the way the team is run. As disposed offensive coordinator, Turk Schonert, implied after he was fired two weeks before the season began, the Bills run a “Pop Warner” offense. Now Schonert wasn’t the answer, as Lee Evans and Trent Edwards approached him about concerns about the offense before he was let go. But the fundamental offensive philosophy of the Bills is what is ruining this team. They have a true burner in Lee Evans, a hall of fame receiver in Terrell Owens, and a decent running back in Fred Jackson (not to mention the impending return of Marshawn Lynch). Add in a the versatile Roscoe Parrish, the Bills would seem to have plenty of weapons to have an effective offense. Yet these resources are not being utilized to their full potential.
So would T.O. be wrong to question the philosophy of the offense? No, because it’s extremely doubtful he’s the only one who feels that way. And he did an admirable, if not genuine, attempt to deflect those feelings in his post-game presser. But it’s only a matter of time before he can’t bite his lip any longer, and head coach Dick Jauron and quarterback Trent Edwards had better take cover. They will be public enemy number one, not T.O. As much as he’s reviled by the media for being a cancer, rarely do teammates question his work ethic. There were reports that a majority of the Philadelphia Eagles locker room supported T.O. in his crusade on the team’s offense. And there were plenty of players on the Dallas Cowboys who voiced their support of T.O.’s outburst against his team’s offense (and judging by Tony Romo’s performance so far, was he wrong?). He just speaks up for everyone else on the team who won’t speak for themselves.
So watch out Buffalo, because the T.O. storm is coming and it’s all your fault. Not because he’s a bad player or because he’s vying for media attention, but because your offense is a joke. And he’ll tell everyone that will listen that it is a joke. So instead of tinkering with a no-huddle offense all off-season, perhaps tinkering with a different offense was the appropriate move. And Buffalo dropped the ball on that attempt.