One of the more bizarre developments of Saturday came when ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit lamented on the air the performance of the Bengals offense, despite the presence of Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. The decision of Herbstreit, a long-suffering Bengals fans, was a little unusual since his beat is college ball. The reaction from T.O. pushed the scenario into the world of Looney Tunes.
Owens took to Twitter, and he engaged in extended bashing of Herbstreit. T.O. also responded to tweets he received from several followers, claiming that the thin-skinned wideout isn’t insecure and admitting once again that he indeed loves him some him.
The decision of Owens to pounce on the topic and beat the dead horse sufficiently thoroughly to qualify for a writing gig at PFT ignores the facts. Herbstreit was right. The addition of T.O. to a team featuring Chad Ochocinco was supposed to pinball the scoreboard. Instead, Ochocinco has one touchdown in three games, and Owens has none.
The good news (if there is any) comes from Owens’ catches and yardage. Last year with the Bills, he had only five catches for 98 yards through three games. This year, he has 14 for 152.
Still, that projects to only 810 yards — lower than the 829 he ultimately churned out for the Bills in 2009.
Bottom line? Owens should worry less about Herbstreit or anyone else who may be pointing out reality, and Owens should instead be committed moving forward to altering it.