For the first time in 185 games, Terrell Owens did not record a catch Sunday.
To celebrate, he debuted a post-game ensemble highlighted by the pair of sunglasses I lost at the beach when I was nine. (Skip to 52 seconds into this clip.)
Owens did his best not to give any headline-worthy quotes in the press conference, saying, “I’m just going with the plays that were called.”
Then he repeated the phrase four more times. To Owens’ credit, he didn’t say anything overly inflammatory despite his obvious post-game frustration.
Owens struck a different tone on his Twitter account a short time later.
“N traffic hungry as a hostage!! Who’s playing the sun nite game 2nite? Cn’t wait 2 get hm & kick my feet up!”
But his good mood didn’t last for long. After someone apparently let him know about some critical comments that NBC analyst Rodney Harrison (the real one) made about him Sunday night, Owens let loose on Harrison for three straight tweets capped by the following request:
“Hey Rodney! Send me sum steroids 2 the Bills facility next week!“
Perhaps Owens could use the help; he’s struggling to separate consistently from defenders and he didn’t catch any of the five targets sent his way Sunday. Lee Evans is also struggling to produce, and Trent Edwards isn’t doing a great job throwing to the sideline, so it’s certainly not all Owens’ fault.
No matter who’s held accountable, the Bills expected more than five catches from Owens in his first three games.
And a few more quiet Sunday afternoons on the field from Owens could lead to even more entertaining Sunday evenings off it.