The Bengals have lost ten straight games and, shockingly, that horrible stretch has been in spite of the presence of receiver Terrell Owens and not because of it. TO has been one of the few bright spots for this team over the course of the year, and his comeback from purgatory in Buffalo would almost certainly be a bigger story if not for the incompetence that has surrounded him on a weekly basis. In fact, this year could serve to solidify Owens’ chances at the Hall of Fame. How many other 37-year-old wideouts have done what he’s doing at this age? It’s kind of amazing.
But of course, you knew Owens was only going to put up with this sort of thing for so long. And so the wideout finally spoke up earlier this week and openly suggested the team’s 2-10 record was a direct result of bad coaching:
"I think there's underachieving from the top down," Owens said. "You start with the owner, you start with the coaches. And, obviously, we as players, we are a product of what the coaches are coaching us throughout the course of the week.
"Of course, we have to go out there and play the game. But in order for us to do what we're allowed to do at the best of our abilities, the coaches have to put the players in the best position."
I guess you could take issue with TO throwing his coaches under the bus, except for one thing: The Bengals really DO have bad coaches.
They’re all lame ducks who will be canned at the end of this season. TO isn’t telling you anything you don’t already know. In fact, I’d argue he’s not throwing enough people under the bus. What about Carson Palmer? Oh man, is he putrid. The beard does NOTHING. It’s like watching a bad UFL tryout, it’s so heartbreaking.
And what about the Bengals defense? Put shoulder pads on Brandy and she could beat this defense. I’m not even sure the Bengals have a defense. They may just be a series of inflatable stanchions placed out on the field.
So don’t expect TO to get much flak for saying what’s on everyone else’s mind. For once in his career, Owens is diagnosing the cancer instead of causing it.