“I am so glad for your reception in Buffalo,” the fan tweets. “I was not happy the Cowboys cut you. LOVE your honesty!”
“neither ws i, blame the OC & romo!! but i'm happy 2 b where i am but i miss the other guys tht were & r true teammates!!” T.O. tweets back.
I’m going to assume that the “OC” is offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. We know “Romo” is quarterback Tony Romo.
Note the two exclamation marks, because one wouldn’t do to express the depth of feeling. It’s Garrett and Romo!! Did you see that, Trent?
Edwards probably has had chummy chats with T.O. by now, and Owens undoubtedly has told the Bills quarterback how great they’re going to be together. But this is what he said about Jeff Garcia in San Francisco and Donovan McNabb in Philly and Romo in Dallas before he turned on each one of them. Wherever Owens has gone, he always has blamed the quarterback for his departure. If he had played with Joe Montana, be assured that at some point, Montana would have been to blame for something, too.
The good news for Edwards is that there is a way to keep Owens happy: Make sure T.O. gets the ball all the time, win no fewer than 11 games, make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl.
The bad news is the Bills have as much chance of attaining any of those goals as I have of winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. (That’s another easy formula: Write a novel so awesomely great nobody can understand it, and write it in a language that’s native to 36 people in a country that can’t be located on a map by its own president.)
So this is guaranteed to lead to another mess for the Bills. This isn’t speculation. At this stage of his career, Owens isn’t suddenly going to learn how to behave and stop making it all about him. And when the Buffalo season starts to go south, T.O. will turn on the person responsible — the quarterback and probably a coach or two or three — and the media, but that’s a given these days.
Making the assignment even more difficult is that opposing defenses will give extra attention to T.O. He’s not getting any younger, faster or better, so that will make it even harder to get the ball to him. Then there’s Owens’ habit of dropping more passes than any other receiver — another disincentive to make him the first, second and third option on every play.
So Edwards is not going to have a lot of wiggle room. Either he throws T.O. the ball and wins just about all the time, or he’s going to have a whiny wide receiver festering in the locker room, infecting everyone who comes near.
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