Thursday, January 27, 2005

Play or Nay?

That is the question we all want to know. With the superbowl only a little over a week away Terrell Owens still has no answer on wether he will play or not. The Doc says no, Owens says yes. Is this becoming a distraction for the Eagles? Is Owens at 80% better then a 3rd stringer?


Blogger CosmicPal said...

It's the Super Bowl. It's what everyone plays for. It is every player's dream. If he can run and jump, he'll play. If I was a player in the NFL, I'd have to be in a wheelchair in order to keep me off the field for the Super Bowl....

10:03 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Is Owens a distraction for the Eagles? Is that a trick question? Everything he does is a distraction. 13-3 season was obtained not because of the addition of TO. That team has had successful season after successful season for the past few years. Since 2000, the Eagles have had a record of 11-5 or better! Even this season, the Eagles were able to get into the Super Bowl without TO, so I don't think his addition was the key element for the Eagles success.

Back to the topic at hand. I don't necessarily think it will distract the team from their Super Bowl preparation. I honestly feel either way, the Eagles are going to lose, but I think if TO can suit up and play, may give more confidence to that offense. Problem is, the Eagles receivers aren't as talented as the Colts yet NE's defense was able to shut down the most prolific offense this season.

This is my opinion on the TO situation - if he plays he won't be a factor. I don't see him running routes and catching the balls in an effort he had at the beginning of this season. Over distraction? No, maybe to the Patriots it is because they have to prepare to play against him, not knowing whether or not he is actually going to play. But how diciplined and athletic that defense is, I don't see TO being a factor, maybe 1 or 2 catches for 30 yards assuming he plays.

10:06 AM  
Blogger RED said...

1200 yards and 14 TD's in only 14 games. T.O. was a huge reason that the Eagles were succesful this season. Unlike Randy Moss when T.O is on the field he doesn't take plays off. He blocks, he runs his routes and quite honestly he made that recieving core better in Philadelphia. I don't blame T.O. for wanting to play in the biggest game of his life nor do I think he is being a distraction to his team. If T.O. can get up to speed with his health and play in the Super Bowl I think he will step up and make big plays to help the Eagles win.

T.O. is a Big Time player and Big Time players make Big Time plays in Big Time games. The Eagles are not favored in this one but if T.O. was healthy that might look a little differant. The defense has been the factor for the Eagles in the playoffs and in the super bowl Vs. the Patriots both sides of the ball are going to have to be at there best for them to stand a chance against the well rounded Patriots.

I don't think Terrell is a distraction for his team but he can be for the Patriots if he plays. No Ty Law to hold down this future Hall of Famer.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see why the passionate Iggles fans thinks TO should play, but it makes no sense for the man to suit up. The initial estimates said 8-10 weeks, so even at the earliest he would not have been eligible to play till a week after the SB. He's still got the screws in his leg for god's sake! I also don't see how the NFL would let this happen after the Docs have come out in public and said he's not even close to ready. It's a shame, but TO should sit this one out. How great a story would it be if they won without him?

11:19 AM  
Blogger RED said...

What a story it would be if he played with screws in his leg.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

No Ty Law should be no problem. Hasn't been thus far. However, the Eagles give me pause. But I am always nervous. Such is the life of a Red Sox fan...

Thanks for the great comments on my blog. You have been officially linked so that the four other people who read my blog - and my mom - will now be directed to yours as well.

2:16 PM  
Blogger ATL falcon girl said...

Of course I am back guys ... I know Mike Missed me LOL. N-E-ways TO aint playing. He needs at least 8 weeks. He aint playing and I hope and pray that the Patriots whipped the hell out of them!!!!

BY THE WAY MY BIRTHDAY IS FEB 7th Lets not forget okay!!!


(Next year it will be the FALCONS (hopefully))

By the way there is a rumor going around down here that we might be getting Randy Moss. I think that is Highly unlikly but you never know.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Corey said...

T.O. will play...He's that type of player.

9:53 PM  
Blogger Hulk said...

T.O. will be playing Super Bowl XXXIX on his Playstation.
'Nuff said.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Arvada Mike said...

You are all idiots. T.O WILL play and he WILL be the SUPERBOWL MVP!!!! GUARANTEED! ANYONE WANT TO BET?

6:24 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Let me guess Arvada Mike, you called up TO and asked him personally since he is your close friend? Did you also give him some advice on his next TD celebration?

8:45 AM  
Blogger Arvada Mike said...

Actually Steve I spoke with Bill Cowher again this past Tuesday and he was pretty bumbed about the game against the Pats but he did have an inside on Corey Dillon and I guess from what Bill says he has an ingrown toenail which might be a problem come super bowl sunday.

We also talked about the situation with T.O. and both him and I agree that he should play and that his DR is just setting this up to confuse the Pats. The screws were actually removed 2 weeks ago and they timed T.O's 40 last week and he ran a 4.4 so look for him to come up big.

BTW Steve you ever gonna take me up on them golfing lessons. I might be able to help you get your handy cap down to a 4.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Thanks for the other Arvada Mike, but I'll be giving up golf for a year to take care of my finances as well as prepare for married life - can't go golfing twice a week with a wife @ home.

But back to the subject about TO - I seriously don't believe he'll play, but if he does, he won't be a factor. I can't see him running a route over the middle or even a streak pattern with Rodney Harrison licking his chops.

I'm curious to see how Media Day is going to play out with TO taking his own stage...I'm sure something will be in the news regarding some idiotic comment he made.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

My thoughts on the Eagles success this season. Red and I have been discussing this for quite some time and obviously disagree as to why the Eagles were successful this season and not in the previous years. Here is my take...

Sure TO was a huge pickup for that offense. But lets look at the numbers (not individual numbers). This season the Eagles were 13-3 scoring a total of 386 points, or 24.1 pts/game. In 2003, the Eagles were 12-4 and scored 374 points, or 23.4 pts/game. Not a great difference with the addition of TO. Red also brought up this argument, the Eagles were 0-2 without TO. But weren't the Eagles also 0-2 without Westbrook, McNabb and other starters?

My take on the Eagles success is the defense and McNabb. This season they allowed 260 points or 16.3 pts/game where as last season 287 points or 17.9 pts/game. Plus (this is only for argument sakes), the Eagles played 3 teams with winning records and were 2-1 against those teams (Ravens, Steelers and Packers). Now playoff time, I really can't give praise to TO since he didn't play. But that defense was finally able to shut down an offense during the NFC Championship game. Lets examine the previous 3 NFC Championship games

2003 Carolina 14 - Philadelphia 3 (no offense, but McNabb also played like shit 10/22, 100 yrds, 3 INT)

2002 Tampa Bay 27 - Philadelphia 10 (no offense again, however, McNabb played like shit 26/49 243 yds 1 INT)

2001 St Louis 29 Philadelphia 24 (McNabb 18/30 171 yds, 1 TD 1 INT)

So in 3 NFC Championship games, McNabb was a combined 54/101 for 514 yds, 1 TD and 5 INT

All this without TO

This season vs Atlants, again without TO, McNabb was 17/26 180 yds and 2 TD, 0 INT

You can clearly see in all of McNabbs playoff games, when he is playing well that team wins (3 NFC Championship games, played bad, lost all 3).

What I can give praise to TO about (as well as as much praise to the defense) is their 13-1 start (prior to TO being injured). However, I can also toss this argument out that the Eagles were 12-2 in their final 14 games of the 2003 season (without TO).

So overall I think TO's presense may have been a spark to the Eagles team this season, I don't believe that TO was the reason the Eagles are where they are right now.

10:02 AM  
Blogger RED said...

I never said T.O. was The Reason the Eagles were succesful this year. I said he was a huge reason the Eagles were succesful this year. Of course McNabb's play as well as the defense played major roles as well. I just think that after being dissapointed for 3 strait years the condidence in the locker room had to be shot. The addition of T.O. regained them that confidence. Even McNabb and the Eagles would agree with that.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Let me copy and past an IM message from Red - I've removed the names for quality control

Steve says:
you seriously think the Eagles were successful this season because of TO?
Red says:

1:23 PM  
Blogger RED said...

Read the post above... 3rd post.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

So are you pulling a John Kerry and flip-flopping your opinions with TO? Because in your 3rd comment you said he was a huge reason, but in your IM you said he was the reason. So which is it pancho?

2:24 PM  
Blogger RED said...

I just go off of what is on this site. i don't even know what your talking about gout foot.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Red & Steve - You guy's make me laugh! You should have a comedy blogger. Keep up the good work. It's a daily laugh!

7:09 PM  
Blogger Hulk said...

Regardless of whether or not TO plays, the Pats will sorry. Sorry Philly fans...

10:28 PM  

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