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TO Cut: Is this a good thing?

A devoted fan laments Terrell Owens' release
Mike Schneid, WhatIfSports.com
March 6th, 2009

Late Wednesday night, as I was about to doze off for the night, I heard the TV tell me that the Cowboys had released Terrell Owens. At that point, I immediately jumped out of bed and sat up. I was unsure how to react. I have followed TO since he was with San Francisco and Philly. He has always been one of my favorite players. But this past year was tough. There was a lot of drama in the locker room, most of which revolved around Owens and an accusation that Jason Witten and Tony Romo conspire against him. Now, in order to improve the chemistry on the team, Jerry Jones has released number 81 after three seasons. Regardless of how many jerseys he sold or how many TDs he scored, only one thing matters, the Cowboys won zero playoff games, while TO was there.

My first reaction was shock. After getting over the shock, I became disappointed and mad. Not because he was released, but just because it did not work out. I had such high hopes last year. In 2007, when the Cowboys won the NFC East, it was the hardest I had ever followed a team. When they lost to the Giants in playoffs, it hurt, really bad. But this past year my expectations were Super Bowl. I was not that excited for the season because I just wanted to get to the playoffs and win a game. We went 9-7 and finished third in the division after closing out the season losing to Philly 44-6.

With or without Owens, the Cowboys would have lost this game. The Cowboys need to come together more as a team and not as individuals. There is so much individual talent on the roster. In 2007, there were 13 pro bowlers. So from a talent standpoint the team should be set. What went wrong? Was it TO? I don't think so. But I do think that, by cutting a receiver who has 951 catches for 14,122 yards with 139 TDs, this team will be better. Owens also had 33 drops the past three seasons. That is unacceptable. He rallied guys in the locker room to follow him and obey him. He publicly called out his quarterback for making plays with Jason Witten while the two shared rooms together on the road. By releasing Terrell Owens, the Cowboys are releasing the stress of Tony Romo giving him the ability to throw where he wants without knowing in the back of his mind that, if TO doesn't get touches, he will complain. Romo can now run the team and do his thing. Roy Williams, whom the Cowboys traded a large bounty for last season, will step up as the top wideout. He will not replace TO because no one can. But he can and will be a number one receiver. With this team three deep at running back, a healthy Romo, Williams, and Witten, this team certainly has the offensive firepower to compete. And if the defense improves, they will be where they should be.

As for TO, who knows where he will be. Maybe Oakland? He can run the show there all by himself. 81 in silver and black catching passes from Jamarcus Russell? I would be interested in that. For now I will stare at my pile of junk on the floor of my room, including my TO jersey, "getcha popcorn ready" t-shirt, TO's touchdown towel, his book, and a poster as I decide what to do and how to get over my TO obsession. Skip Bayless from ESPN always says TO stands for "Team Obliterator" and as we got to December that is exactly what he did. Thanks for nothing TO. Good luck getting along with your next QB. I am sure Jeff Garcia and Donovan McNabb are laughing at you right now and Bill Parcells is probably chucking too.

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