To the surprise of absolutely no one, Bengals receiver Terrell Owens once again created controversy, this time by blaming everyone in Cincinnati - from the players, to the coaches, to the ownership - for the team's 2-11 record. About the only one he doesn't take a direct shot at is - surprise, surprise - himself.
"I think there is underachieving, you know, from the top down," Owens said on last night's T. Ocho Show on Versus. "You start off with the owner, you start off with the coaches and obviously we as players. We are a product of what the coaches are doing, 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 ability, the coaches have to put the players in the best position."
Once again, T.O. blaming others for all that goes wrong around him. He did it in San Francisco. Did it again in Philadelphia. And again in Dallas, then Buffalo.
Now he's taking shots at everyone around him in Cincinnati, where he is on a one-year contract. After those comments, it's likely that contract will not be renewed for the 2011 season.
Even the outspoken Chad Ochocinco wasn't willing to go as far as Owens.
"Well, from my standpoint, I'm not sure why we're 2-11 this year, but the thing with me is I've become numb to the situations of losing," Ochocinco said. "Being as though I've lost for such a long time that I have not been able to point the finger on what it really is. I've only had two winning seasons in a 10-year span. I don't know what it is. All I know what to do is go out and play the game of football. The ins and outs of why things are not successful, I think I've missed that bus."
Isn't that odd: Ochocinco actually offering a non-controversial quote. More proof that even Ochocinco didn't want to touch Owens' assessment with a 10-foot pole.
Come to think of it, I wonder if Ochocinco is having the same kind of buyer's remorse about Owens that Donovan McNabb had for the receiver in 2005. Guess we won't find out til Owens is gone from Cincinnati and Ocho will be more inclined to speak his mind about one maybe the worst locker room guy in NFL history.