T.O. places blame on Bengals owner, coaches

Earlier, we posted a teaser for The T.Ocho Show based on a clip we’d been given of a visit from Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson.

Now that the show has aired, it appears that Bengals receiver Terrell Owens said something far more interesting.

Addressing the Bengals’ 10-game losing streak with teammate and co-host Chad Ochocinco, T.O. said that “you start with the owner, you start with the coaches” in assessing blame.  Owens also said that the players are doing only what the coaches allow them to do.

It’s safe to say that the Bengals’ owners and coaches will allow T.O. to look elsewhere for employment in 2011.

UPDATE:  In fairness to T.O., he says via Twitter that he placed blame not only on the owner and the coaches.  “i put blame on every1!! i said frm the top-down!!! spin it how u want, i’m used 2 it! u guys r jerks!”  The P.R. firm that sends us weekly previews of the show didn’t send this specific clip, so our item was based on an AP summary that focuses more narrowly on the blame placed on the owner and the coaches.   Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer has a broader account in which Owens blames the owner, coaches, and players, but explains that “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.”  So, basically, there goes my shot at getting a Christmas card from T.O.  Either way, he did place blame the owner and the coaches, and he tried to lay much of the blame on the players back on the coaches.

77 responses to “T.O. places blame on Bengals owner, coaches

  1. “It’s safe to say that the Bengals’ owners and coaches will allow T.O. to look elsewhere for employment in 2011.”

    Then it looks like T.O. achieved his goal!

    /Glad he never said that about Buffalo
    // How did he never say that about Buffalo?
    /// I want a team that has a record better than 3-10
    //// OK, enough of my bitterness

  2. T.O. knows what hes talking about here. That team needs a makeover starting with the owners and coaches. Cincy fans love the guy for telling it how it really is. This team can not win with the current owner/coaches. That team has so much talent but their OC and owner have extremely strict guidelines and have to do things only their way and thats why they’re losing.

  3. Looks like PFT is stuffing up stuff again.. T.O. Just tweetes that he didnt say that.. Why cause drama?? And I’m sure if he does look for employment it wouldn’t be hard.. Clearly the man is still a monster on the field..

  4. That is NOT what was said at all. A lot more to the context of what WAS being said. He placed blame on the entire organization as a whole owners, coaches, AND players. Horrible spin move here(doubt you “approve” the post now).

  5. In the words of Chad Johnson a few years ago, “T.O. I got ya baby”.
    I’m a life long Bengals fan, everyone who has suffered through all these bad years knows exactly why the Bengals are bad almost every year-The owner, MIKE BROWN. Ole Mikey Boy would be happy with a winning season once every 5 years or so to sell some season tickets and sell out games. And as soon as we, the fans, gets our hopes up, Bam!!!! We suck again. The O-Cord is not any better than Mike Brown. I personally think he has some B. Brat has some dirt on Mikey.
    Mr. Brown please hire a GM and get your family out of this business. You have all the money you need and I’m sure your kids are all set up for the future. We can’t get a decent coach in here untill you give them some decision making power. How you got Zimmer to stay I’ll never know.
    To any actual Bengal players who read site, I feel for you. I can’t imagine how you feel playing out there week in and week out. I watch every Sunday, blackout or no blackout, and some of the play calling makes me sick. Keep your head up fellas, Maybe we can get Andrew Luck in the draft.

  6. Cincy has a “lame duck” head coach, whose contract expires at the end of the season and apparently is coaching like it too. As well as a QB who throws more to the defense than his WRs.

  7. He’s right. Don’t shoot the messenger.

    All the Bengals need is a franchise QB, a rebuilt offensive line, a better defense and improved special teams, and they’ll be 5-11 next year.

  8. Shouldn’t you maybe watch the alleged clip/show of something “controversial” BEFORE you write a piece on it? Would seem to be the best responsible damage controlling step.

  9. T.O. is right. Is it the owner and coaches fault. why the hell didnt they get a new quarterback and why didnt the coaches try to bring someone else in. Palmer absolutely killed the bengals and T.O. was the ONLY bright spot on the team! just imagine if T.O. was playing with a quarterback who wasnt horrible like palmer. He would be an All-Pro!!!!

  10. Why oh why do teams sign malcontents and misfits like Owens. It’s not like they don’t know any better, so why do they do it. He has managed to trash every team he has ever been on. Will he ever go away?

  11. His statements are crafted to garner the most attention. He blamed owners, coaches and players…who is left? Is he going to blame the fans next? He just wants some attention and this pathetic media is happy to give it to him. He is nothing more than a self-serving ego. He has had a decent season so far but he was quiet even with the losses…until his numbers dropped (along with some of the passes that went his way). His attitude is sad. He is a piece of garbage but somebody will give him another shot. It’s amazing how the Bills came out relatively unscathed.

  12. Cincy won its division last season with the current owner, coaches, and most of the current players, but without T.O. With him, they’ve lost 10 straight.

    I’m not saying he’s responsible for his team’s demise. But sometimes a tiny change in a chemistry can make a significant difference. For a guy who has all the answers, he isn’t wearing any championship rings.

    When you find a cancer, you cut it out before it becomes inoperable. Cancer is strong and capable of accomplishing a lot, too. Unfortunately, it kills everything else in the process.

  13. T.O.’s playing the last three games of his career.

    He’d be smart to be mute and let his performance do the “talking,” given no GM/owner will sign him during the offseason.

    Remember, Cin. and St. Louis were his ONLY choices — and, now, St. Louis is no longer an option.

    Welcome to the UFL, T.O.! You deserve it!

    His middle name is “Me, Myself, I”……

  14. I don’t remember any cincy fans bashing owners/coaches last year when they were sweeping the division on the way to the playoffs

  15. He’s like 43 years-old and still has the emotional/intellectual faculties of a developmentally disabled grade schooler. I cant wait till he’s a penniless trainwreck in about five years.

  16. So why is Brown taking all the heat now just one year after a strong season and after making moves that Bengals fans almost universally approved of during the last offseason?

    Don’t get me wrong, I’ve long argued against Brown. I just don’t quite get why he’s taking heat now. There were a ton of Bengals fans totally optimistic going into this season.

  17. As an Eagles fan, I have a ton of respect for what he’s able to do on the field. I also hate his attitude off the field, the man has a tendency to run his mouth at the worst possible time.

    That said, he’s absolutely right. The management over in Cincinnati is atrocious, and the main reason for their awful season. I’d be embarrassed to be a part of that squad. They have all the talent in the world, and zero production in the W/L column. It ain’t the guys on the field.

    Maybe they’re trying to hit the Andrew Luck lottery? They’re not even winning that, the Bills are out in front of everybody.

  18. T.O. is right in that the NFL is very much a business. From the top down if you don’t good managers your employees will be less likely to produce. The Patriots are the perfect example. Well run top to bottom and looks what it produces.

    Bengals owner makes bad choices and it all trickles down.

  19. Hes 100% right! They dont put the players in the right places to win games and they dont make adjustments to the other teams. Couldnt have said it any better. Hes been on enough teams you think he doesnt know? Carson is fine, hes just doesnt trust his o line (coaching). Go TO!!

  20. Typical head case logic. It’s ALWAYS somebody else’s fault. Don’t look in the mirror…don’t take any personal responsibility…do point the finger somewhere else! Randy Moss or Terrell Owens…who do you vote for for head case of the year? I hope both of these morons call it a career. The No Fun League would be better off with them out of the game.

  21. To borrow a line from The Hangover, ‘Is he all there?’
    Is TO trying to beat Moss’s record for teams that had him and never want to see him again? Wadda moron.

  22. He is right, but then think about this.

    As far as I know, he didn’t say anything negative about the Bills while he was there.

    Which would be the only team out of five.

  23. He is 100% correct. & I have never liked this guy. But he has been a beast this year…& that’s with a lousy team around him.

  24. LAST YEAR WIN THE DIVISION WITHOUT TO THIS YEAR SUCK WITH HIM? SAME OWNERS AND COACH LOOK AT YOURSELF A HOLE!

  25. All I know is where in the hell are all the arrogant Bengals fans who ran their mouth after their only decent season in a decade last year and bragged about going to the Super Bowl this season????????

    Just sayin’.

  26. What can I say about T.O.?

    One of the most overrated, underacheivers to ever play the game.

    I think that about says it:)

  27. I guess it’s the coach’s fault for every pass TO has dropped or missed over the middle of the field. They’re obviously not putting TO on the sidelines where he likes to be.

  28. I never thought the day would come where I defend TO but it has.
    What he said is absolutely correct.
    When you look back over the last 20 years there is one constant w/ the Bengals.
    Mikey Brown, The Emperor Who Wears No Clothes While Shopping Bakery Thrift Shops.
    And yes he does shop there.

  29. wtf2812 says:
    Dec 15, 2010 6:38 AM
    All I know is where in the hell are all the arrogant Bengals fans who ran their mouth after their only decent season in a decade last year and bragged about going to the Super Bowl this season????????

    Just sayin’.

    ———————————————

    Only ignorant fans of our team would have been bragging super bowl. I, however, did expect a season close to what we had last year. What reason was there to not expect that? We only improved from last year. Didn’t lose anyone until the injury bug hit in the season. Yet we should have still been somewhere near last year even considering our schedule. Just goes to show how inept our coaching staff is to be able to go from last year and what we did to this year and what we aren’t doing.

  30. FinFan68, Trust me, we were all talking about the coaches and owner last year as well. Worst offensive game plans anyone has ever seen, as well as the decision by Mike Brown to sign L. Coles. They won the division in spite of the offensive calls (We Bengals fans just love watching 4 yard routes on 3rd and 6 situations).

    It was said earlier in this post, and I have joked about it for years but I think it may be true…Bob Bratkowski must have some incriminating info on Mike Brown, otherwise there’s no way he’d still have his job.

    2 winning seasons in 20 years, man that’s depressing.

  31. Overrated underachiever? The guy runs his mouth too much but he’s got some of the best numbers of anyone ever to play the game. At 37 years old he’s still getting it done. No chance anyone can ever call a 3rd round draft pick with top 5 numbers an underachiever.

  32. say what you will about TO and his mouth, but he’s dead right in this situation and personally I’m damn glad he said it, maybe now the media will latch on to how horrible Mike Brown is and possibly embarrass him into hiring a GM or Director of Football Operations….thank you for your play on the field this year TO, and THANK YOU VERY MUCH for calling out OWNERSHIP!!!

  33. TO acts like someone cares about his opinion.

    If he was ever half as good as he thought he was, he would be with a good team.

    Play better…talk kess.

  34. Anyone else think that maybe for once T.O. isn’t wrong?

    Contrary to popular opinion he’s having a solid year on his own (6th in the NFL in receiving yards, 5th in receiving TD’s). Maybe we shouldn’t be crucifying the one guy actually performing.

  35. “The P.R. firm that sends us weekly previews of the show didn’t send this specific clip, so our item was based on an AP summary that focuses more narrowly on the blame placed on the owner and the coaches. ”

    In other words you reported on someone you’re biased against without checking your facts. It seems fitting that PFT is associated with MSNBC.

  36. I have a hard time listening to some of you Bengals fans saying T.O. is only saying what you fans have been saying for a while now. You haven’t been bad forever. In fact, last year you swept the division.

    Everyone wants to blame the owner and coaches for a bad season–but sometimes things just go bad and there is no real explanation. It’s not like you got your butts kicked every game this season–the scores were close and you almost won, so you’re not horrible in that sense. That’s what happens in football. One team wins and one team loses, and unfortunately (but fortunately for my team) you were on the losing end.

  37. The Bungals play in one of the toughest divisions in all of the NFL. Seems to me they had a very good record last year and made the playoffs…….what changed????? They added a cancer to their roster in the name of T.O. A winning team/record is not a priority of T.O.’s, it never has been. It’s always about “give me the damn ball”. Earlier this year Ced Benson complained publicly about how the Bungals problems were due to the fact that they had got away from the running style that made them so successful last year……and he is correct. T.O. has burned every team he has ever been with and for a Bungal fan to drink his kool-aid says a lot about the football intelligence of the fans.

  38. Same owner, same management as last year, you’re all right about that. But to think that Cincy fans haven’t been down on Mike Brown since the great Paul Brown turned it over to him, you can’t live within 100 miles of here. As a fan from the inception of this team, they have been the model of mediocrity since PB has been gone. Think about this, with few exceptions we have fielded the same team as last year. The primary difference has been emotion. Last year’s Bengals dealt with a lot of adversity with the death of a teammate and a coach’s wife. Sad to think it takes such tragedy to get the juices flowing, but what do you expect when your coach stands stone faced on the sideline win, lose or draw. Give me Brian Billick and a true GM.

  39. There’s 2 kinds of people posting here –

    People who are don’t know what they’re talking about, badmouthing Owens based on his history with the Eagles and Dallas.

    or

    People who actually know something about the Bengals, and understand that Owens is right on the money.

    You guys need to understand, and this is no exaggeration, Mike Brown, the Bengals owner, has stated in the past that 8-8 is a winning season. He has also said that from an owners standpoint, winning the Super Bowl is a bad thing because all the players will want more money.

    He surrounds the team with staff that is directly related to him, or who understand that they have no real say in team management.

    The Bengals are nothing but the Brown family trust fund.

    Say what you will about Owens, but if you think he’s a problem in Cincinnati, you have no idea what you’re talking about. Surprising? Sure. But really, he’s not the issue.

  40. Man the ignorance of Steelers fans on here is amusing. You of all people should know how defunct this organization is. Yeah we swept the division last year, but horrible coaching and bad decisions by ownership made it where we almost got swept this year. We got away from the run, problem #1 since we have a god awful QB and a horrible OC with old school plays. Not T.O.’s fault that our QB is washed up and our OC doesn’t belong in the NFL. Mike Brown inherited a playoff team in 91 and we’ve only been to the playoffs twice since and haven’t won a playoff game. So yes, it’s the ownership and coaching’s fault that we are in the mess we’re in. You guys are ignorant.

  41. Here is the point:

    Owens is wrong, Owens is right. Who cares?
    His job is to play wideout and play up to his contract or better. It is not to constantly cause distractions, criticize the work of others and constantly complain.
    The constant jabbing has a negative effect on an organization, whether a team, a business entity, a couple. All the same. If he spent more time on helping instead of promoting himself with the other loudmouth underachiever, they might be closer to what they were last year. Funny how Palmer’s game goes downhill upon signing Owens. Funny how it was McNabb’s fault for throwing up in the big game. Funny how Garcia was persecuted by Owens. Funny how Romo was always “throwing to Witten” as accused by Owens. Funny how the 49er Coordinator was attacked by Owens on the sidelines verbally. Funny how Owens got body-slammed by a Dallas DB for dancing on the Dallas Star. Why does anybody pay attention to this buffoon? He drops more passes than anyone in the league, poor hands, runs wrong routes, and causes his teams to underachieve. The guy has loser on his forehead. If any team signs this windbag next year, they guarantee themselves futility as his history has proven. They will deserve it as they would have to be dumb, blind and stupid.

  42. rcunningham says:
    Dec 14, 2010 11:47 PM
    TO is a moron. He’s been irrelevant since he left the Eagles lost the Super Bowl in 2005.

    TO is 6th in the league in receiving yards and tied for 4th among wrs for TDs. Their offense is currently ranked 24th overall and defense is 21st overall. He’s surrounded by a bunch of bums. He’s by far their best player. Clearly cancerous toa team but he makes a good point. As a giants fan, i love this guy.

  43. bengalsdoucheuno said: Yeah we swept the division last year, but horrible coaching and bad decisions by ownership made it where we almost got swept this year.

    ——

    Can you elaborate on which bad decisions by ownership you’re eluding to?

  44. Ok, sure. That sounds intelligent.

    The inconsistency and utter collapse of Carson Palmer is entirely the fault of Terrel Owens. Also the complete meltdown of the Defense, yeah, all Owens.

    I mean, not only is he the only wide receiver on the Bengals, but he’s the defensive coordinator, so yeah, that makes complete sense.

    Dummies.

  45. “Owens also said that the players are doing only what the coaches allow them to do.”

    I guess that means the coaches gave him permission to allow what should have been an easy catch to slide right through his hands on Sunday…

  46. TO’s job is to blame everyone but himself.

    Well, when you are forced to retire and no NFL team wants you because you havent won a ring for them, but instead had negative impact. You can finally BLAME YOURSELF!

  47. @waynefontes …

    He didn’t mouth off about Buffalo last year because he was in the NFL equivalent of Siberia. The Bills weren’t in contention and weren’t a media magnet. I posted when the Bengals first talked of signing him that it would be a different story once he landed with the reigning division champs in the volatile AFC North where #85 ensures there’s always a mic nearby. Said he’d stab the whole team in the back for 2 seconds of airtime … and he has.

    @bengalsdouche …

    Ours is a highly competitive division. With offseason changes, I fully expected the Steelers and Ravens to be stronger this year. And based on their late-season 09 performance, I expected the Browns to be improved and the Bengals to take a step backward.

    No, the Bengals’ many problems are not T.O.’s fault. But as someone pointed out, his function is to play wideout, not to publicly air the problems of a team he only joined five minutes ago or to rub salt in their wounds. This guy is to team play what a serial killer is to gangs. I suspect he’s secretly glad the Bengals are imploding because it means more attention for him. Whether or not he ever admits it, #85 probably regrets initiating the plan to bring this viper into your locker room. It poisons everything it touches.

  48. mborz I’d list all of the screw ups Mikey B has made but I’d get carpel tunnel typing something that long.

  49. mborz says:

    Can you elaborate on which bad decisions by ownership you’re eluding to?

    ————————————————

    L. Coles, Antonio Bryant (7. whatever million and didn’t even practice for more than a couple of days), not firing bratkowski, not hiring a GM…need I go on? lol

    Deb says:
    Dec 15, 2010 11:27 AM

    No, the Bengals’ many problems are not T.O.’s fault. But as someone pointed out, his function is to play wideout, not to publicly air the problems of a team he only joined five minutes ago or to rub salt in their wounds. This guy is to team play what a serial killer is to gangs. I suspect he’s secretly glad the Bengals are imploding because it means more attention for him. Whether or not he ever admits it, #85 probably regrets initiating the plan to bring this viper into your locker room. It poisons everything it touches.

    ————————————————-

    You’re absolutely off of your rocker. I disliked the idea of picking T.O. up. However, he has been one of the couple bright spots on our offense this year. He hasn’t really said much before this incident. He’s only speaking the truth. If I were on the team, I’d do the same thing. It’s not like he’s whining that he’s not getting the ball. He’s not whining b/c he isn’t getting the attention. He’s pissed b/c we aren’t winning and we should be. So he’s calling out the play callers, the decision makers as well as those executing the plays. I love it. The season can’t get any worse and he’s gone after this year anyway. What does he have to lose? He could easily retire and live a fine life but chances are there will be a team who will pick him up. It may be b/c of an injury and a team is desperate, but he’ll always be an option.

  50. @bengalsdoucheuno …

    You and I have different philosophies. I love and support my team. If they’re losing, I may criticize the play-calling with other Steelers fans–but I’ve been with them 33 season through thick and the thin, thin, thin, 80s. But I wouldn’t stand by and let some johnny-come-lately jerk run down the Rooneys or Mike Tomlin. Are you kidding?

    Like I said–he is to a team what a serial killer is to gangs. He’s the loner. It’s all about T.O. He’d rat out the gang to save himself, take the last lifeboat on the Titanic and leave a kindergarten class to drown. I don’t feel that kind of passionate animosity about many public figures, but I’d rather go back to the losing 80s than have that cancer on the team. What has it bought you? What did it buy Philly or Dallas?

    NOTHING.

    It’s not his place to run down your team. What kind of fan are you? If he were doing that to my guys, I’d be losing my mind wanting him kicked to the curb … then hoping someone would run over him.

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