Is it a coincidence that Owens sounded off the week following his lowest output of the season -- he had three catches against Detroit while tight end Jason Witten caught a team-record 15 passes?
That is unknown.
But something made Owens go off.
On the surface, it was the Eagles, his former team that comes to
Texas Stadium on Sunday, and ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson.
On Sunday, Johnson said Owens should just accept the fact that Bill
Parcells built the current Cowboys team and quit going out of his way to
"I challenge him to come down here and take my job. ESPN producers,
let him go," Owens said.
Owens believes Johnson defended Parcells because of their cozy
coach/player relationship, something Owens didn't have with Parcells. So
he continued to pile on Johnson.
"I'm probably the reason he's in the booth now," Owens said. "He's
going to be a hater and throw me under the bus because he has to defend
Bill. He won a Super Bowl and all, but you'd have to check the roster to
know he was even on the team. We came out in the same year. He was a
first-rounder and I was a third. Go compare our stats. He couldn't come
down here now and be a third or fourth receiver on this team. Just
compare our stats."
Owens said it's not about him not giving Parcells credit, it's about
him praising coach Wade Phillips in how he handled this team.
"It's not a matter of me giving or not giving Bill credit," Owens
said. "Everybody wants to make a big deal, that this is the team he
built. It doesn't matter. ... My thing is give credit to Wade. The
difference between Wade and Parcells is this: Parcells, he didn't use me
as a playmaker; Wade, he got the staff, and that's what I'm being used
"Plain and simple, without trying to be negative or anything. I'm
being used as a playmaker, and as I said, the proof is in the pudding."
"Those guys are probably talking about me, chopping it up, drinking
coffee," Owens continued. "They can have their little pity party and
talk about me all day long. It doesn't bother me. There's a lot of
people on the ESPN panel and across the country that has observed what
has happened this year versus last year. And there's a lot of people
that just don't want to give credit for what Wade has done and what
wasn't done last year. That's it. I'm not trying to be negative."
As far as the Eagles are concerned, Owens said one of the reasons his
former team is in decline is because he is no longer there.
"He was a weapon while he was here," Eagles safety Brian Dawkins
said. "Let's face it; he was a weapon while he was here. He did a lot of
good things in the year we went to the Super Bowl. What we have on this
team, if you look at the games we've lost, we could have and should have
won, regardless of whether he or anybody else is here or not. We have
what it takes to win on this team; we just have not gotten it done for
whatever reason. I think I mentioned earlier the reason why that is, is
we've made too many mistakes and allowed teams to capitalize. Yes, he
was a good player while he was here; that has gone and passed. We have
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