NFC East: TO911
The fine folks at ESPN Research sent me a great note regarding how prolific Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens were during the 2004-05 seasons. Even though they played together in only 21 of a possible 36 games, their 20 touchdowns were the third-most in the league during that period:
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
As we discussed earlier today, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb spent part of training camp talking about how things could've turned out differently had he and receiver Terrell Owens been able to work things out. McNabb said he and Owens could've been like Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. But in a rather patronizing way, he kept pointing out how T.O. refused to listen to reason.
Meanwhile, T.O. has flourished in the post-Parcells era in Dallas. He's found comfort in the arms of quarterback Tony Romo, and for the most part, he's avoided the Eagles topic.
On Thursday, though, he came out of hiding. As ESPN's Ed Werder reports, T.O. talked about how McNabb wasn't able to deal with the fact that Eagles fans were chanting the wide receiver's name during games. He also suggested that he's the reason the Eagles have fallen on relatively tough times in his absence.
"The common denominator was me being in both places, but I will let you make that assessment," said a self-deprecating Owens.
T.O. was also asked to compare the 2004 Eagles Super Bowl team with the 2008 Cowboys. Owens told the Philly media that the Cowboys have "way more talent" than that Eagles team. And if that's true, it's probably about time the Cowboys won a playoff game.
Werder reports that T.O. was wearing an "iLove" T-shirt with the words "me some me" on the back as he talked to reporters. He also had several copies of his latest book in his locker when cameras arrived. He referred to this as good "product placement."
Don't you wish these two guys could simply move on with their lives? This has become one of the longest-running soap operas in sports. With the exception of Kobe and Shaq, I think T.O. and McNabb have had the most dramatic breakup of any sports superstars. I'd like for you guys to add to the list.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
|Terrell Owens is doing just fine after the messy divorce with the Eagles.|
In the aftermath of the T.O. debacle in Philadelphia, it was easy for Eagles fans to hate the wide receiver. In 2004, they had fallen head over heels in love with the man, and in a flash, he was gone. Of course, he's written a book about the episode in which he cites Donovan McNabb telling him to "shut up" in the huddle as a major turning point.
But time heals a lot of wounds and repairs swollen egos. Since Wade Phillips arrived last year, Terrell Owens has been the consummate teammate -- and it's not like he was a negative influence in the locker room when Bill Parcells was in Dallas. He doesn't sit around wondering what could've been in Philly, but for some reason, McNabb does.
Without much prompting, he told me last month that he and T.O. could've been like Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison. And since then, I've read similar statements in other publications, including Sports Illustrated.
You get the feeling that McNabb spends a lot more time thinking about the past than T.O., who appears to be having the time of his life with Tony Romo, the man he tearfully referred to as "my quarterback."
And since we're on the topic, Philly Inquirer columnist Ashley Fox was in town Wednesday doing a story on how different things could've been. Funny to hear so much from former Eagle Hugh Douglas in the column. He and McNabb come across as patronizing in some of their recent comments, and that's one of the things that drove T.O. away in the first place.
I get the feeling the controversial wide receiver has moved on with his life. I'm not so sure about his former team.