Zac’s note: This piece was first published on my Examiner page.
Several websites are reporting that the Dallas Cowboys are seriously considering releasing Terrell Owens. 99 percent of sports fans around the country have read about the locker room problems caused by T.O. with, well every team he has played for, actually. Nevertheless, there is no denying the talent of the controversial wide receiver. If Owens is released, there is no question that other teams will be interested.
One of those teams should definitely be the New York Giants. Here’s why.
The Giants need a big play wide receiver
The Giants were not the same on offense once it became clear that Plaxico Burress would not play again (this season). Eli Manning visibly missed having a big, reliable target to bail him out when he made a less than excellent throw. All drama aside, Owens is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL…when he wants to be.
Owens wouldn’t have to compete with anybody for throws
Owens has complained about the relationship between quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten. To summarize that situation, Owens believes he should see more passes than Witten. As a Giant, Terrell Owens wouldn’t have to worry about that. Do you honestly believe that Steve Smith, Kevin Boss and Dominek Hixon combined would see more Eli Manning passes during a game? Not so much.
Tom Coughlin would be coaching T.O.
Is there really any surprise that Andy Reid and Wade Phillips couldn’t handle T.O.? What Owens needs is some tough love and Coughlin is just the coach to give it to him. Coughlin would know when and how to mute Owens whenever the loudmouthed wide receiver gets, um, “out of hand.” Coach Coughlin would also establish the fact that it is he, not Terrell Owens or any other player, who is the boss of the New York locker room. If Coughlin can’t coach T.O., nobody in the NFL can.
Owens wants to win a championship
You can say all you want about T.O. antics or how he’s a prima donna and a locker room cancer. There is no questioning his desire to win football games and, ultimately, a Super Bowl. Besides all of the problems caused by Burress throughout the entire 2008 regular season, the Giants won the NFC East and finished with the best overall regular season record in the conference. The Giants are still that close to winning another Super Bowl sooner rather than later. This makes the Giants very appealing to Owens and gives Big Blue further incentive to sign T.O.
Owens will be able to stick it to two former teams
T.O. loves to play against the Eagles. Imagine Owens being able to play with that much enthusiasm and drive in four regular season games. Besides, Owens has to make his way to all four NFC East teams and I can’t imagine him playing in Washington before New York. Unless, you know, he likes playing for an 8-8 football team.
Terrell Owens isn’t going to jail
T.O. says and does immature and stupid things from time to time. He doesn’t do illegal things, though, and that is what separates him from Plaxico Burress. Fans and players can debate about bringing Plax back (I’ll do so later this weekend) until they are (Big) blue in the face. The truth is we don’t know if Burress will be a free man twelve months from now. No matter what Owens says or does in the locker room, Antonio Pierce will never have to hide a weapon because of T.O.
T.O. and New York: A match made in heaven
Can’t you just see T.O. wearing a Giants jersey while walking down Broadway? Unless Hollywood gets a NFL franchise between now and next season, Owens couldn’t find a better home than New York City.