||Owens may very well have played his last game in Eagles Green. Let's take this time to offer condolences and reflect on why this has happened to a good team.
Mark Eckel, of the NJ Trenton Times, reports why Terrel Owens was suspended. Eckel, long a thorn in the side of the Eagles, who was once reprimanded by Reid during a press conference, is a very reliable source.
T.O.'s suspension was not for his comments about McNabb, not wearing a hated Cowboys Jersey, nor calling the Eagles a classless organization. Owens was suspended for getting in a fight with current team ambassador, and former Defensive End, Hugh Douglas. Unfortunately I don't think Hugh hit him hard enough because, Owens then challenged McNabb and anyone else in the Locker Room. Sure, the team is not playing as well as they have in the past, and McNabb is not 100%, but the team needs to always be greater than the some of its parts, and Owens ego led him to believe that he was greater than the team.
It all stemmed back to when he was injured toward the end of the season last year. McNabb made the comment, I am the captain and the ship will sail on. Noble, accurate and typical of an organization that believes in the team concept. Aggravating for Owens who believed that he was the team.
It was a joy to watch when Owens had the ball in his hand, and he is arguably the most talented receiver in the game today. However, his mouth, his piss pour attitude and his ego make him among the least coveted players in the league. He will not be remember for his heroics, making Champ Bailey look like he was cemented into the ground, connecting with McNabb for 3 touchdowns in one game, or the gallant way in which he returned after a season ending injury to play in the Superbowl, and if the Eagles would have won, most assuredly would have been game MVP for the effort he put out.
He will be remembered for spitting on an entire community who adored him. He came here in the summer of 2004 with high expectations, and delivered on every one. He had his own chant which was sung by 70,000+ proud fans at the Linc every time he caught a touchdown, and all fans wherever he went. He was god-like as throngs on raving fans paid tribute to the altar that was Terrell Owens. After all he was the savior, the Wide-Out that fans coveted ever since Reid became the head coach. He was supposed to bring us to the promised land. He had the city in the palm of his hands, and then made a fist a crushed everything this past off season. Contract squabbles, holding out and generally opening his mouth when he should not have ruined everything. Then the final fall from grace, challenging the franchise quarterback to a fight.
What does the future hold for the Eagles? The Defense needs to play at the high caliber and level at which they did against San Diego. They need to stop the other team at all costs. Reid, will hopefully go back to his base offense, including running the ball and moving around the players to create confusions and mismatches. The two young receivers, Greg Lewis and rookie Reggie Brown need to shine. If the next 3 games, all against division opponents do not go well, put McNabb on the shelf to avoid further injury.
Good Luck Eagles, an entire city is with you and offer our deepest sympathies.