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T.O.? Heck Yeah

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP)

(Note: The following argument has nothing to do with the fact that a season of T.O. would mean bonkers Web traffic for this blog. Nothing at all. Hadn't even thought of that until you just mentioned it.)

Redskins fans immediately panicked about the T.O. possibility, a possibility whose moment apparently already passed this AM. While it lasted, anyhow, those fans were overwhelmingly opposed. Something like 82 percent are against in the Redskins Insider poll. Some fans have threatened to switch allegiances entirely if T.O. arrives. Brothers of players have come out against.

(Current odds on landing Owens, from Bodog? Raiders lead the pack at 7-2, and Redskins are second at 4-1. Which means I have a 25 percent legitimate chance of cashing the traffic lottery? Funny, hadn't even thought of that until you just mentioned it. Jets third at 6-1.)

Look, I understand the fear. He's a locker room virus. He's more self-centered than certain former Post sports columnists. He will inevitably leave in a cloud of stink. He will cement the team's reputation as Offseason Champs, although let's be honest, they just handed out the richest defensive contract in NFL history; that cement's pretty much dried. Regardless, he will make many fans across this great nation hate the Redskins, hate the owner, and hate the Sarge.

And for all that, I ask: really? You don't want the guy?

You're seriously gonna be upset if one of the most dangerous pass catchers of the past two decades is going to join an offense that hasn't had a dangerous pass catcher since Norv Turner left? (No, Larry Centers doesn't count.) You'd rather stick with Devin Thomas and Antwaan Randle El? You can't bear to see the James Thrash era end?

Ok, some numbers. Since Owens entered the league in '96, he's had 12 seasons of at least 60 catches. In that same span, the Redskins wide receivers, together, have a total of eight such seasons.

Since Owens entered the league, he's had nine seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards. In that same span, ALL Redskins pass catchers have had a total of seven such seasons. Owens has hit 1,300 yards four times; all Redskins pass catchers have done that once. ONCE! And it was Moss, in '05, the only time the Skins have won a playoff game this century. T.O., by himself, has DONE IT FOUR TIMES! You don't want that?

Or how about touchdowns? Since Owens entered the league, he's had double-digit touchdown grabs eight times, reaching 13 touchdowns in seven of those years. How many seasons of double-digit touchdowns have all Redskins pass catchers produced in that span: tight ends, H-backs, receivers, all of em? As near as I can tell, zero. ZERO. (There are some holes in the media guide, so it's possible I missed one.)

So, it comes down to the chemistry issue. The Redskins, it's said, have had great chemistry. Why screw that up. Why? Because that great chemistry has landed them zero home playoff games in the 21st century. Owens? He's played 13 seasons, and been to the playoffs eight times. His teams have played nine home playoff games in his career, including four since the last time FedEx experienced the postseason. Kobe and Shaq had great chemistry, right?

Oh, and Clinton Portis? The guy who in the past year sold out his offensive line to The Post, sold out his coach on the radio, and had to be shamed into practicing? He's a great chemistry guy too? Yeah, thought so.

You want great chemistry, go to DuPont. You want spotless heroes, root for some Patriot League basketball team. You want home playoff games, sign Terrell Owens. Seriously, just cover your nose and do it.

(The preceding message had nothing to do with the fact that a season of T.O. would have meant bonkers Web traffic for this blog. Nothing at all. Hadn't even thought of that until you just mentioned this.)

(By Preston Keres - TWP)

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 5, 2009; 11:34 AM ET
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Careful what you wish for, Dan. The dude's just as likely to institute a random "no talking to media guys with glasses" policy as he is to provide Bog material.

Posted by: ThisGuy | March 5, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Redskins said no thanks according to Pro Football Talk

Posted by: JDP_ | March 5, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

What a selective use of statistics. Having home playoff games doesn't mean squat for those of us without tickets. Winning is what matters and the Redskins have won in this era without T.O.

Posted by: evwill | March 5, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Did I fail betting 101 or are 4-1 better odds than 7-2?

Posted by: jstew06 | March 5, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Dan Steinberg is just a me-first blogger who doesn't think about what's best for the fans. He should be ashamed of himself for deviously claiming to support a position while clearly putting his own agenda first. (Was that self-righteous enough?)

Watching T.O. get bullied by Shawn Springs last season was evidence enough for me that he's going downhill fast. Add in the metastatizing nature of his personality and no thank you.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 5, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Dan, you glossed over the most important line in your post:

"Since Owens entered the league in '96"

He entered the league 13 seasons ago. He's gonna turn 36 next season. Find me a wide receiver not named Jerry Rice who was great after their 36th birthday. I'll wait.

I will admit that T.O. plus Steinberg is a match made in heaven.

Posted by: Fozzie1 | March 5, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I'll take Tim Brown for $200.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | March 5, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Did I fail betting 101 or are 4-1 better odds than 7-2?

Posted by: jstew06 | March 5, 2009 11:55 AM
Yes, you did.

7-2 is essentially 3.5-1 odds, which are better than 4-1 odds. Barely better, but better still.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | March 5, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Dan Steinberg loves him some him! What kind of popcorn do you eat Dan?

Posted by: EsMyDee | March 5, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Dammit, Steinberg, your blogging instincts are at odds with my ability not to loathe my team.

Production shmoduction. He's trending downward and he's 35. No, no, NO.

Posted by: shekb | March 5, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, off the top of my head, when Cris Carter was 36 he went for 73 catches, 871 yards and six touchdowns. That's above average in Ashburn. When he was 35, Carter caught 96 balls. Isaac Bruce turned 36 during the past year and went for 61, 835 and seven touchdowns.

But your point is well taken.

Posted by: DanSteinberg1 | March 5, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

thing is TO is not one of the best pass catchers in the NFL anymore. i could probably think of 10 better WRs than TO right now in the lig. plus, you can't give up on all your second year pass catchers just yet, but that would be the logical thing to do...

Posted by: chiggitychizang | March 5, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Well said, Dan. The more I think about this, the more I'm like "why not."

We ALREADY ARE the laughingstock of the league, and everyone hates Dan Snyder (incl. skins fans like myself). You might as well CEMENT that reputation and sign him. We already spent nearly 200 mil on 3 players, why not spend on one more?

Haynesworth, Portis, they already cause locker room issues, who cares if they add one more? Danny likes to act like he's matured, but he obviously hasn't. You're telling me Danny is scoffing at the Skins going after T.O., when we already spent 150 mil on locker room cancers (Haynesworth and D. Hall)?

It's like a teenage stripper who stops once she becomes a Mom or something (i.e. Gibbs arrives) then decides to go back to stripping--hey, if that's how you roll, why change?!? Might as well destroy this once proud franchise as much as possible.

Posted by: nmccray | March 5, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Sure, there's been plenty of good middle-aged WRs. But TO would have to be great, not merely good, to justify the money it will take and the aggravation of dealing with him. There haven't been a lot of great ones. Even Rice started falling off significantly at that age. The only reason he remained great was because he was regressing from GOAT status.

Posted by: Fozzie1 | March 5, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

If this guy is too stupid to see the difference between signing Haynesworth at 27, an impact DT and signing TO, then he should hang it up and start writing about Hollywood celebrities.

Impact DTs are one of the rarest commodities in the NFL along with true franchise quarterbacks and left tackles.

Meanwhile, wide receiver is a position where we see quality veterans and prospects avaliable each offseason and in the draft.

His recitation of TO's career numbers vs. the Redskins WR corps over the past 10 years is great EXCEPT for the fact TO is now 35 years old.

What he did 5 years ago, he is no longer capable of doing.

His numbers last year, 65 catches for 1,050 yards are pedestrian when compared to others around the NFL nowadays.

He caught 10 TD passes, but also dropped 4 or 5.

Posted by: leopard09 | March 5, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Why wasn't there as big a stink about the Redskins getting Harrison after the Colts let him go? He'd be a better classier addition to the Skins.

Posted by: charley42 | March 5, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, this would be sweet. Bring in TO -- I'm all for it.

Posted by: SSFSCoWA | March 5, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

What he did 5 years ago, he is no longer capable of doing.

Posted by: leopard09 | March 5, 2009 1:37 PM

True of us all, unfortunately.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | March 5, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you completely, Dan -- except for the part about him being more self-centered "than a certain former Post sports columnist". NOBODY -- but NOBODY -- is more self-centered that that certain former columnist.

As Ralph Brown used to say "Noooooooo-body!"

Posted by: bethesdaguy | March 5, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

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