Would T.O. Make Ochocinco and Co. a Real Contender?
Rumors are buzzing about Terrell Owens and where he might end up this season. The perennial Pro-Bowler, talented wide-out and all-round headache for coaches, seems to be playing nice with the Cincinnati Bengals, specifically Chad Ochocinco. Additionally, the guy at the helm of the team, Carson Palmer, likes what he sees.
Now, the thought of an Owens and Ochocinco wide-out tandem is pretty scary, but can a team really survive two inflated ego's THAT big?
Time will tell, but the bigger question is, if Owens signs with the Bengals, does the move make them a real contender for the AFC and the Superbowl?
I'm not so sure about that.
Teams that are heavy on the ego never seem to do so well. Football, if more so than any other sport, needs the team to act as a team. With Ochocinco and Owens on either side of the field, while the ego scale might balance out, there just won't be enough footballs to go around.
Now, putting egos aside to win championships can work — see the 2008 Celtics who brought together the new, big three. However, football is played by single plays that are done via hand-offs or passes. The football doesn't go from player to player — unless we're looking at a last minute, desperation push. However, there are typically only a certain amount of plays from scrimmage during each game and the offensive strategy must be balanced in order to keep the defense guessing.
Throwing back and forth to Owens and Ochocinco just isn't going to cut it. Sorry Bengals fans.
Unless these two guys can check their egos into a safety deposit box for an entire year, will this superstar partnership work.
Then again, this might just be a ploy by both wide-outs to continue to promote their respective reality TV shows, which makes MUCH more sense then them wanting to play together.
Time will tell I guess.
If Owens signs with the Bengals, does that push the team to the top of the contending conversation?