Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Honor in Truth

I can't lie. I'm am an unflappable Terrell Owens apologist, but I am constantly shocked at his inability to edit his conversation. I often feel he should play nice, win friends, influence people. It would make things easier for him. But would it make him a better person?

Terrell didn't suppress the urge to tell the truth when he was asked about Bill Parcells' retirement as Dallas Cowboys coach. Owens said Parcells' coaching style "hurt us."

I am just hoping his retirement brings promise to what the team has to offer. This past year was a big letdown. Hopefully, the owner will hire a coach to take the team to the next level.

I still think he is a great guy, but he is like my grandmother. You love the person, but they are stuck in their old school ways.

I was underutilized in the offense. A new coach can be good for the Cowboys. It's not just me. But my teammates know I could have done more. I wasn't used as a No. 1 receiver. You don't know who is doing what. You don't know who is calling plays. That is why our offense was up and down. You saw that at the end of the year. It filtered off. We as a team felt the frustration. I felt the frustration. But Bill is Bill.

And Owens is absolutely right. Parcells was barely .500 as the Cowboys coach. The Tuna is a Hall of Fame coach and he's earned a pass. And he deserves a pass. But the record doesn't lie. And I thought the last year was deplorable. I thought Parcells deserved more criticism for underutilizing his entire offense. He started Drew Bledsoe for too long (Lovie Smith was able to make the same situation work, but I guess Parcells is no Lovie Smith.) The 'Boys had the best receiving corps in the league, 2 good running backs and a capable quarterback. They did not meet their potential. The whole team was inconsistent. Previous stars like Roy Williams regressed. The coaching was far from top notch.

But can Terrell ever just say the "right" thing? The thing that won't draw negative attention to himself? The thing that won't subject the fans to endless T.O. SportsCenter bashing? The thing that will help ensure he receives the $3 million roster bonus that the team will have to decide that they want to pay him in June?

I know Terrell says certain things to get attention, but I don't believe the things he says are disingenuous. I've never heard him tell anything but the truth (or at least his version). Generally speaking, people who tell the truth are worthy of respect and trust. And while you may not always be able to tolerate that person, you can't forget the honor therein. And I try to remember that concerning Terrell Owens. It ain't always easy.


DP said...

Terrell Owens is not a DUMB man. What he is, is a man who lacks that filter that adults get when they grow up, the one where you dont say exactly what you think, exactly the way you think it.

Most of us would have difficulty holding down a job without a filter like that.

TO, not so much.

Hence he sees no point in growing a filter.

I think both him and Rasheed Wallace need to take a class. At some point, that filter is gonna come in handy.

MWCB said...

Well said, dp. As I said on my own blog once, TO is like a teenager. Looks grown-up, but that grown-up control on emotions is missing.

Signal to Noise said...

T.O. never developed a sense of tact. There are only a few people in this world that don't have to, and superstar athletes don't (that isn't to say they don't; many do).

It doesn't diminish that what he says probably has a lot of truth in it -- but he has a bad way of phrasing it so it seems that no matter how true his statement is, he's always got his foot in his mouth.

Big Blue Monkey said...

Heavens to Murgatroid, my dear, Dallas had the best receiving corps in the NFL this year? I can think of three teams that had better receivers off the top of my head.

Before aging Terry Glenn and apparently suicidal Terrell Owens, I'd take the shockingly felony free duo at Cincinnati, the young Arizona duo, The Colts--hell, I'll take Marvin Harrison and Ricky Proehl over TO and Terry Glenn.

Of course, your point is still valid if one says that Dallas had one of the Top 5 receiving corps in the NFL.

so my whole point was kinda bullshit. Oh well!