A quiet campaign has been waged at Valley Ranch recently to dump T.O. pretty quick, and lobbying has been heard emanating from very high levels. Even Jones levels.
Any legit talk of ridding the Dallas Cowboys of this aging drama queen usually comes fully equipped with whines about media-driven conspiracy and picking on poor, misunderstood T.O. and how any and all drop-off has been caused by a certain redhead.
Not hardly. Going T.O.-less has become a topic of serious internal debate at Valley Ranch. And an awful lot of Cowboys front-office types have decided parting ways with him is not only a good idea, but also necessary to fixing what is obviously wrong with this team.
Regardless of what you may have read, the drama that unfolded late in the season when a few wide receivers outed Jason Witten and Tony Romo, may not have been 100% accurately reported. But what everyone does agree on is that while T.O. tried to distance himself from the controversy, it was no secret that he spearheaded the uprising.
If there is any tension or bad blood between T.O. and Tony Romo, you can bet that Owens will be the first to go.
ESPN is reporting that several Dallas Cowboys sources have told them that the team is considering cutting ties with the embattled wide receiver. Here is a quote from one of those sources:
“I think we all know that chemistry is the problem with this team more than the schemes or anything else. Are we going to continue to allow talent to outweigh everything else in the decisions we make with players and putting the roster together? We’re like the Redskins used to be when they signed every player they wanted. There’s more to it than talent. It has to be more about the team.”
After the Cowboys season ended, I myself wrote extensively about the bad karma and the lack of chemistry on the Cowboys. At the time I blamed a lot of that on Pacman. Now that he’s gone, the conversation regarding chemistry is still going strong.
I haven’t formed an opinion on getting rid of T.O. yet, mostly because I’ve grown attached to him as a fan and enjoy his big play ability. But, as the team source said, and as I know it to be true deep down inside me, it’s not about the talent.
Going out and signing every troubled star and putting them all together is not how you build a team. You take the 2008 Pro Bowl team and let them play a full 16 game season and they wouldn’t even make the playoffs. You need more than a team full of stars. You need those guys who keep their mouth shut and bust their ass and do what it takes to win games, not awards.
Maybe in a way I’ve already made a decision on T.O., but I’m unwilling to admit it…