Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The Rev.'s take on T.O.

Here are Jesse Jackson's words from ESPN---

Jackson sides with T.O.
Tuesday morning on ESPN2's Cold Pizza, the Rev. Jesse Jackson commented on the Terrell Owens suspension with the Philadelphia Eagles and his upcoming appeal with the NFL Players Association on Friday.
Jackson, who said that his interest is in reconciliation, spoke with co-host Jay Crawford:
"He [Owens] considers himself still to be an Eagle ... he feels that upon arbitration on Friday, that his suspension may be reduced and hopefully emotions will die down and cooler heads will prevail. But as for right now, T.O. feels that what he said he has expressed contrition and regret about it. He has called Donovan [McNabb, the Eagles' quarterback] and they've exchanged calls ... I just hope that cooler heads will prevail.
"He feels that the suspension does not correspond with the infraction. ... If he had been engaged in point shaving, something illegal or carrying a gun across state lines or selling drugs to teammates that would have been an egregious crime. But in this case we simply have a case of someone who by his own language, misspoke but harbors no bitterness about it. ... His words were harmful and inappropriate and he admitted that and he should never misspeak again and that was just downright wrong by his own admission.
"It seems that [the Eagles] do not want him because they feel he's detrimental but on the other hand they do not want him to have the option to let him go. To ban him for a year based on that language episode is too extreme."

Eagles Glasses Are Rose-Colored

The Eagles refuse to believe that they are out of the NFL playoff race, which is good for proponents of positive thinking and bad for those who prefer realism.
At 4-5, they are looking up at three teams in the NFC East - Dallas (6-3), the N.Y. Giants (6-3) and even Washington (5-4).
With two losses to Dallas, the Eagles would have to finish one game ahead of the Cowboys to pass them.
It says here that 10 games will win the East, which means the Eagles merely have to go 6-1. If one listens to coach Andy Reid and the players, this should be no problem.
"The bottom line is, as bad as it seems today, we are two games out of first place in the NFC East and we have a great opportunity to go forward here and put the remaining part of this season together in a plus manner," Reid said at his weekly press conference.
Hearing it that way, the Eagles should just start ordering their playoff tickets right now. There is only one problem - there has been no evidence that this sinking ship will turn around.
The Eagles to their credit have played hard, but then again, most NFL teams do that. Those that play hard and win are the special teams.
The Eagles have made a season's worth of bad decisions, culminated by the pass attempt that turned into Roy Williams' 46-yard interception return for a touchdown.
It was a bad call, especially since Dallas would have used its final two timeouts if the Eagles ran the ball on second down instead of passing.
And the execution by McNabb has was even worse.
Reid said the team has to cut down on penalties and nobody will argue after seeing them flagged 14 times for 95 yards against Dallas.
What the Eagles have to do even more than that, is cut out the turnovers. McNabb has thrown nine interceptions in nine games. Last season he threw just eight the entire season.
Of course, if the Eagles stood up and said they had no chance to make the playoffs, that would be even worse than the optimistic front they are portraying right now.
What would be better would be something in the middle. Instead of talking about the great opportunity they have to move forward, Reid should tell it like it is - that the Eagles have their collective backs against the wall and that wall is really beginning to crumble.
All the talk in the world won't change things. The Eagles need a victory and until it happens, all the words will seem pretty hollow.

Shell-Shocked Eagles Flying South

They said all the right things in the locker room, after the most devastating loss of the season. This season, there have been more than a few sour defeats to choose from.
The Eagles talked about playing hard, putting Monday Night's 21-20 loss to Dallas behind them. Yet squandering a 20-7 lead with under four minutes left, appeared to leave the Eagles in a shell-shocked state.
And who can blame them? The players appeared in disbelief as they rehashed the details of a potential win that was was stolen from their grasp. Literally by Roy Williams.
Last year Williams was the player who had the horse collar tackle on Terrell Owens, that sidelined T.O. for four games until he returned for the Super Bowl.
This time Williams wasn't horsing around when he cut the Eagles heart out with a 46-yard interception return that gave the Cowboys their final 21-20 margin with 2:43 left.
It was not only an ill-advised pass, but an ill-advised play. The Eagles had a second-and-seven from their own 43, while leading 20-14. Dallas had two timeouts. Had the Eagles run the ball on second and third down, then Dallas would have been forced to use its final two timeouts.
As we know now, there was no third down because Williams took it to the house on his second down interception.
That play was a microcosm of the Eagles season - questionable play calling and even worse execution.
And now the Eagles players were bravely saying that they would be ready to bounce back for Sunday's game at the Meadowlands against the New York Giants.
It's natural to wonder, however if this was one loss that the Eagles won't be able to overcome. And one has to question whether the 4-5 Eagles really believe what they said.

Final Score: Cowboys 21, Eagles 20

That sound you hear is the Eagles' season being flushed down the toilet.

And Somewhere T.O. is Laughing