DALLAS TX - FEBRUARY 03: NFL player Terrell Owens attends the GREY GOOSE Lounge Series at Super Bowl hosted by Terrell Owens at the GREY GOOSE Lounge on February 3 2011 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for GREY GOOSE)
Terrell Owens couldn't find any NFL team that wanted to sign him during the offseason last year. Some of it had to do with his age. Other was his attitude, which in itself has turned teams off. The Bengals finally signed him hours before training camp last year, mostly in response to uncertainty with Antonio Bryant.
After playing 14 games in 2010, recording 72 receptions, 983 yards receiving and nine touchdowns, Terrell Owens sat down with the NFL Network to talk about the Bengals.
While discussing Palmer's demand for a trade, Owens said that Palmer "knows that there’s some things within that organization that just aren’t right"
Obviously if you have your franchise quarterback who is supposed to be that guy for your team (and) trying to get out of there, that’s kind of telling the organization something, and that’s telling a lot of people out there something as well.”
Things not being right was a theme of Owens' interview, talking about the Bengals.
“I think if you look at the talent we had in that locker room this year and we mustered four wins, that should let you know something is not right,” Owens said. “Throughout the year, I saw some things that really wasn’t right.
“I’ve made a comment about if you’re trying to win some championships, it starts from the top down. (Warren Sapp) mentioned Mike Brown; I think even before I got there, they said the owner was a little different. Obviously, I saw that. You start with the head coach, and then you start with the staff on both sides of the ball. … Offensively, we really didn’t have the coaching that we really needed to muster what we had on the offensive side of the ball.”
This isn't the first time Owens has spoken out about problems starting at the top. During an episode of The T.Ocho Show on Versus, Owens talked about how the team was underachieving.
"I think there is underachieving you know from the top down," Owens said. "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."
The comments may (or may not) have resulted in speculation that the team might sit Owens during the final three games of the season. But a PFT report wrote that the team considered sitting Owens for the season "based on his attitude and performance in practice and games." Something Marvin Lewis would later refute.