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Carson Palmer recommended T.O. to Pete Carroll

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When Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was considering whether to sign Terrell Owens, he turned to Carson Palmer for advice.

Palmer, the Raiders’ starting quarterback, played for Carroll at USC and played with Owens in Cincinnati. And Carroll said that when he reached out to Palmer for his thoughts on Owens, he received a good report.

That’s no surprise: Palmer has spoken highly of Owens in the past, and has said he thinks Owens’ work ethic makes him a good influence on younger players. It’s also not surprising that Carroll has high hopes for Owens as a positive locker room presence. Carroll was the 49ers’ defensive coordinator in 1996, Owens’ rookie season in San Francisco, so he has some familiarity with Owens. And back then, Owens was known as a hard worker who wanted to prove himself worthy of the third-round draft pick that the 49ers spent on him.

Carroll said today that he still sees that same hard worker who wants to prove himself, 16 years later.

“It’s interesting now how he is,” Carroll said. “He’s extremely hungry, and he is humble. And he’s determined to finish his career on a good note. And he wants to be part of the team, and he wants to play football.”

And so Owens will be playing football for Carroll, the only NFL head coach who still wants him.

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36 Responses to “Carson Palmer recommended T.O. to Pete Carroll”
  1. acerockefellar says: Aug 7, 2012 7:10 PM

    Its crazy to think what could have been with Carson Palmer, T.O., Ochocinco and a top 10 defense if palmer didnt quit.

  2. GoHawks.info says: Aug 7, 2012 7:15 PM

    The only head coach that wants him? What about the Jets…word is they were interested, but that might have only been as another body to take part in their brawl.

    I still don’t understand how Harbaugh is a genius for giving Moss (who did nothing last season) a shot, but TO was still productive but is bad news because of his stops prior to Buff and Cinci.

  3. 49erstim says: Aug 7, 2012 7:19 PM

    “I love me some me!” Yep. Sounds really humble. lol

  4. Heisenberg says: Aug 7, 2012 7:21 PM

    Sooo, why didn’t Palmer talk him up to Dennis Allen?

  5. zoxitic says: Aug 7, 2012 7:25 PM

    People like a good redemption story.

  6. kowboydmac says: Aug 7, 2012 7:25 PM

    How is it Seattle has become the place for WR’s to end their career?

  7. edhochuli says: Aug 7, 2012 7:30 PM

    Carson Palmer’s version of the chicken pox laced blanket.

  8. scoobaj says: Aug 7, 2012 7:34 PM

    T.O. will only help, this whole squad is gonna go beast mode this year 10-6

  9. cali49er707 says: Aug 7, 2012 7:38 PM

    Peter is desperate & knows he is running out of time to get it right!! A couple years ago he brought in T-Jack & couple other pieces to make it happen & it all blew up in his face!! Now he goes after Flynn & and a bunch of once known WR’s along with big name TE hoping it all sticks together!!

    While he knows Harbaugh has a young power house in the 49ers that just upgraded a year after just missing the superbowl in year number #1!! Along to go with the fact Harbaugh has had his number since the Pac10 days when Harbaugh led a 44 & half point underdog Stanford team into the coliseum & beat a heralded USC!!

  10. MichaelEdits says: Aug 7, 2012 7:45 PM

    And of course the starting QB for the Raiders wants to do good things for the Seahawks.

  11. discosucs2005 says: Aug 7, 2012 8:08 PM

    I doubt there was any ulterior motive but it would be kinda funny if TO wrecked the team and Palmer Tweeted “Haha” to Carroll.

  12. cincinnasti says: Aug 7, 2012 8:38 PM

    I get sick of people around here saying Palmer couldn’t get along with T.O. and that was why he had issues his last season here… This is more proof they are making crap up to benefit how they WANT to think things are done..

  13. vltrophy14 says: Aug 7, 2012 8:47 PM

    Kowboydmac,same way the Vikings IMO were getting the QBs who were on their last leg. Favre & then McNabb. Hopefully T.O. Has grown up since going through some personal problems. I hope to see Flynn do good until week 3 when the Packers beat them down 42-17

  14. hawkforlife says: Aug 7, 2012 8:57 PM

    MichaelEdits, do you even follow football? 2 different conferences. Yes they play 1 time this year but if they are any type of professionals they want to play the best regardless.

  15. FinFan68 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:00 PM

    It’s also not surprising that Carroll has high hopes for Owens as a positive locker room presence.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Wait. What!? OK, he was fine in Buffalo and OK in Cincy (although there were a couple games where he was acting like a child) but to have “high hopes” for him to be a positive locker room presence is delusional. He has never been known to be a strong leader in the locker room. T.O. used to need two things: 1) Wins (when he gets involved) and 2) A large amount of targets regardless of the game situation. The Seahawks have 3 fairly young QBs all trying to prove themselves. The last thing that team needs is the potential meltdown or gripe session from Owens. Maybe he has been humbled due to age and his recent situation, but I wouldn’t bet on it. He is likely still a less than stable attention hound. Good luck with that, Seattle.

  16. petersonhandshake says: Aug 7, 2012 9:09 PM

    And he wants those game checks

  17. 4512dawg4512 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:20 PM

    EDHOCHULI:—- I think you mean “small pox” bub

  18. quizguy66 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:21 PM

    In the NFC West “Beast Mode” is 10-6?

    Just realized that if Palmer had a PFT account his name it’d be similar to mine – except he’d be QuitGuy9

    -QG

  19. raiderapologist says: Aug 7, 2012 9:26 PM

    Heisenberg says: Aug 7, 2012 7:21 PM

    Sooo, why didn’t Palmer talk him up to Dennis Allen?
    ——-
    Nobody would listen. Palmer worked out with Owens during down time this year, but said-or was told-they are set at receiver. I don’t think McKenzie is taking much roster advice from players.

  20. autumnwind999 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:31 PM

    Good signing by Seattle. I predict a 1,000 yard, 7 TD season for T.O.

    Carson Palmer = Class Act.

  21. abninf says: Aug 7, 2012 9:37 PM

    49erstim says: Aug 7, 2012 7:19 PM

    “I love me some me!”
    ====================================

    Better than “I play when I want to play”.

  22. jerseyshoregiant says: Aug 7, 2012 9:39 PM

    acerockefellar says:Aug 7, 2012 7:10 PM

    Its crazy to think what could have been with Carson Palmer, T.O., Ochocinco and a top 10 defense if palmer didnt quit
    ———————————————
    what’s the crazy part, that all 3 are very overrated. Especially Palmer!

  23. tatum064 says: Aug 7, 2012 10:30 PM

    acerockefellar says:
    Aug 7, 2012 7:10 PM
    Its crazy to think what could have been with Carson Palmer, T.O., Ochocinco and a top 10 defense if palmer didnt quit.

    =========

    Crazy enough that they made the playoffs without both of them.

  24. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Aug 7, 2012 11:03 PM

    Advice from a quitter. Seriously? Lol

  25. vincentbojackson says: Aug 7, 2012 11:10 PM

    I find it odd that Palmer keeps recommending T.O. to teams other than the one he plays for.

  26. jayquintana says: Aug 7, 2012 11:26 PM

    TO can’t be any worse than Mike Williams.

  27. pettergriffen says: Aug 7, 2012 11:33 PM

    Heisenberg says:
    Aug 7, 2012 7:21 PM
    Sooo, why didn’t Palmer talk him up to Dennis Allen?
    ————–

    maybe because nobody asked him what he thought. Reggie wears the pants not the HC

  28. jeffesky says: Aug 7, 2012 11:39 PM

    Owens has always been productive and carroll has done well with players other teams dont want. brandon bowner,mike robinson,doug baldwin,marshawn lynch,chris clemons just to name a few. this could be a quality division this year.

  29. poridge1214 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:42 PM

    You idiots that keep blasting TO for being a bad teammate are f’ing retarded. Yeah, he’s a bad teammate who picks on other grown professional athletes – who from the time they were teenagers were given everything from money to women just b/c they are athletic. I say let TO pick on these clowns, and concentrate on blasting the rapists, wife beaters and drunk drivers of the league.

  30. omniusprime says: Aug 7, 2012 11:42 PM

    Thank you Carson Palmer for telling that jerk Pete Carroll to hire Ticked Off. As a Raider fan I say Carson did the best possible thing not urging Dennis Allen to make that fatal mistake. Ticked Off may have a good work ethic, but he has a constant jerk ethic and just isn’t worth having on a team.

  31. norcalmafia says: Aug 7, 2012 11:53 PM

    Loving the Seahawk hype..cant wait to see them fall flat on their faces….Niners were winning with a new coaching staff no off season and most players said they didnt even know the whole playbook till week 14 or so and you think the Seaclucks have a chance with Kolb 2.0 and two broken ass recievers with a defense that is “elite” yet not one of them would be starting on the Niners!Haha all that rain must be getting to your heads!You guys are all proud for bieng kings of the worst division in football for the last eight years..Weve got 5 rings more hall of famers then you have days of sun a nationwide fanbase and history..You gullz are second class accept it and your mediocrity under cheater Pete will be easier to accept!

  32. mcthompso says: Aug 8, 2012 12:17 AM

    You can say what you want about Pete Carroll, his controversy at USC, his propensity to win, etc., but this guy is one of the most player first coaches I’ve ever seen (probably close to Vermeil).

    I remember when the Titans running back went down in a preseason game against the Seahawks in Carroll’s first year with the team. The RB was a former player of Carroll’s at USC, and had a horrible injury there, and had finally made it to be able to compete in TN. When the guy went down, Pete Carroll was the first guy on the field to comfort him/see how he was. This was a player on an opposing team that used to play for him-he never stopped caring about the guy. I started liking Pete Carroll that day.

    Whether this approach translates to wins, we’ll see. I will still admire this aspect of Pete Carroll, no mater what. That instance is when I saw that it was genuine. Giving Owens an opportunity falls in line with this, I think.

  33. pondbridge says: Aug 8, 2012 5:08 AM

    What’s Las Vegas’s line on how many games TO lasts at Seattle before being released? My guess is 6.

  34. vex24 says: Aug 8, 2012 11:16 AM

    Good Luck T.O.
    You worked hard when you were in Cincy. You were a non-drama issue in the locker room and with the fans. It’s a shame that Chad didn’t fit with Carson as a receiver, anymore. All in all it was cool. Cincinnati has a crew that looks great and works well together… Chad gets to finish his career at home (Miami)… And T.O. gets to finish his career on the West Coast very near his beginning. I hope all do well.
    Yes, this is a Hate-Free Comment.

  35. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 8, 2012 3:43 PM

    norcalmafia says: Aug 7, 2012 11:53 PM

    Loving the Seahawk hype..cant wait to see them fall flat on their faces….Niners were winning with a new coaching staff no off season and most players said they didnt even know the whole playbook till week 14 or so and you think the Seaclucks have a chance with Kolb 2.0 and two broken ass recievers with a defense that is “elite” yet not one of them would be starting on the Niners!Haha all that rain must be getting to your heads!You guys are all proud for bieng kings of the worst division in football for the last eight years..Weve got 5 rings more hall of famers then you have days of sun a nationwide fanbase and history..You gullz are second class accept it and your mediocrity under cheater Pete will be easier to accept!
    ————

    Nor is SF going to sneak up on anyone as they did last year, or have the easy schedule. Seattle will challenge for the division with 8-9 wins, to SF’s 10.

    And Flynn is actually legit, unlike Kolb — who had proven NOTHING before he was traded for.

  36. FinFan68 says: Aug 8, 2012 4:02 PM

    And Flynn is actually legit, unlike Kolb — who had proven NOTHING before he was traded for.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Flynn may be legit but there is no way to know that. Flynn proved himself even less than Kolb did. Philbin passed on Flynn for the money he wanted. Kolb was brittle in Philly and still is in AZ. Both guys got more than they earned but either could wind up decent eventually. I think Seattle has a winner in Wilson but he would have to shine very brightly for them to make him the starter over Flynn after paying him so much as a FA. T-Jack is trade bait for when a starter goes down somewhere (unless he is cut after camp)

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