Monday, March 09, 2009

The Post Mortem: Owens in Buffalo

What was the bigger surprise of the weekend: Terrell Owens signs with the Buffalo Bills. Or that Buffalo still has a football team?

The Bills have become the NFL version of Cop Rock. A long forgotten team that seemed to disappear after losing four consecutive Super Bowls. If not for an epic meltdown against Owens and the Cowboys on Monday Night Football two years ago, the Bills would be relegated to spam email – Have you seen this football team?

In fact, the Bills escaped to Canada for a couple of games last season and nobody noticed. The Bills are a rusting bike sitting out in the backyard. Our lives would probably be richer if the team had been removed out from under our collective noses.

Owens at least has shown the sporting public that the Bills still exist. But will he deliver the wins?

That’s hard to say.

The Bills have finished 7-9 in three consecutive seasons and Owens could push the team into the playoffs. Or he could drag them down further. But what could be further? The team – as mentioned – already plays games in Canada. There might not be any greater indignity.

The Bills did the right thing here giving Owens a one-year deal. Owens always seems to perform well in those one-year honeymoons. The second- and third-years are when the problem arise.

This is a good move. Owens will make Lee Evans and Trent Edwards better. He’s get the Bills on prime time. And more importantly, he brings them back from the dead.

Negotiations between the Chargers and LaDainian Tomlinson have appeared to have hit a wall. That could lead to Tomlinson being released in the near future. Well the Chargers certainly made the right decision with Drew Brees and Lorenzo Neal, so you must have confidence that the team knows what it is doing with Tomlinson. Letting Neal go and the deterioration off the offensive line is probably a bigger problem the LT – who was never fully healthy in 2008.

Now the team is going to roll the dice on drafting Knowshon Moreno and pairing him with Darren Sproles.

Plus, the team is going to run Shawne Merriman out of town, too. The Chargers defense thrived last year without ‘Lights Out’ so the future of the Chargers looks sweet.


Diane said...

One of these days I have to find a team to root for that wants to win.

R.J. said...

I noticed. TSN = Toronto Sports Network. They had Bills articles every day leading up to those two games.

I'm still a UFA fan, but I don't know what team to root for. Maybe I'll just root for the Jags because I admire MJD's blocking skills.

Sun Devil said...

Looks like Fullerton's got an OK team again this year. Still, it would be nice to see them face some tougher than Furd. We'll see what they're made of at the end of the month. Ol' Horton knew better than to schedule games at Packard.