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Chapter 5: "He was cut by 3 teams"

Let's not let facts get in the way of a good smear campaign. Owens was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in 2003, but after a paperwork malfunction (whether it was his agent or the 49ers who were responsible depends on who you ask), he demanded a trade. He was granted his request. The 49ers didn't cut him and had no intention of ever cutting him. Owens REQUESTED a trade and was GRANTED one. They didn't "get rid of him." He played in San Francisco for EIGHT seasons.

The Eagles cut him after some poorly chosen remarks set off the biggest media frenzy in the history of professional sports, but the Cowboys situation was much different.

Owens never SAID anything. At least not to the press. Ed Werder did all the talking, claiming he knew how Owens thought, felt, and everything he said behind closed doors. And the gist of it was really as follows:

*Owens is frustrated with his role in the offense, thinks Romo is throwing too much to Jason Witten and it's hurting the offense as a whole, and at least one teammate (and some "anonymous sources") doesn't like him.

So?

And, in essence, Werder heard it from someone, who heard it from someone else...who heard it from...you get the idea.

It's funny how people take the Werder story as gospel, though. Let's take a look at the credibility of Ed Werder:

*Reported that Keith Davis had died in a shooting. Funny, he plays football awfully well for a dead guy.

*Reported that DeMarcus Ware was not going to play in the Steelers game in 2008. I'm still trying to figure out how Ware recorded tackles in that game to this day.

*Reported that Bill Parcells was going to retire after the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Then, after the 2006 season, he finally got it right. Third time's the charm!

*Most recently, he reported that Donovan McNabb had been campaigning for the Redskins to sign Terrell Owens. REAL sources close to McNabb, as well as McNabb himself, said the report was fabricated.

But really, it's not Ed Werder that's the problem; it's ESPN. Believe it or not, Werder used to be a good reporter...back in the 90's when ESPN was still a professional network with good sources. Werder is only as good as his sources, and as of right now, his sources are awful.

Remember when Adam Schefter used to nail everything? Back when he worked for NFL Network, he was right about almost everything he reported. But ever since joining ESPN, he has been whiffing left and right. This is not a coincidence, folks. John Clayton can't get anything right these days, either. You could take the opposite of everything they say and get it right just as often.


ESPN died 10 years ago



So with all this in mind, why should anyone take their reports to heart?

While Werder was busy with his atrociously-written National Enquirer, err, ESPN.com article, the Dallas Morning News began their frighteningly incompetent reporting on the matter, changing their story about 847 times in the span of a week.

First they said Owens, Roy Williams, and Patrick Crayton all went to Jason Garrett's office together to "complain about the offense." Later, the story was amended to "Owens, Williams, and Crayton all met SEPARATELY with Garrett. And it was Garrett who called the meetings."

Oops.

But regardless of which story is true...

BREAKING NEWS, everyone! For the first time in the history of the NFL, a player was frustrated about his role in the offense and, *gasp*, talked to his offensive coordinator about it. Call the Army! Call the Navy! Call...ESPN.

Sorry, but if I didn't know any better...I'd say that's the "football ethical" thing to do. He kept it behind closed doors and voiced his opinions to the guy calling the plays.

And the implications of this they tried to imply are hilarious. A Terrell Owens/Tony Romo feud. Yes, that must be it.

He and the other receivers were upset at Romo...so much so that they...what? Wanted him benched for Brad Johnson? 40-year-old Brad Johnson? They'd played with Brad Johnson just 4 weeks earlier. The results? Quite possibly the worst quarterback play ever witnessed. The team miraculously finished with a 1-2 record in games he started that year (the defense and punter just BARELY allowing them to eek out that victory over Tampa Bay) and Owens totaled 12 catches for 100 yards and 1 touchdown in 3 games combined.

In the next 3 games, playing with Romo as the quarterback, he totaled 17 catches for 349 yards and 2 touchdowns.

And they expect us to believe he has a deep seeded problem with Tony Romo?

Absolutely comical. Bad timing, Ed.

If I didn't know better, I'd say the meeting with Garrett was likely about Garrett's play calling and had little to do with Romo at all. But that's just conjecture on my part. I don't even have any anonymous sources or anything...

6 Comments
by Jordan Taber
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by ntropic @ 25 May 2010 08:56 pm
Since we're talking about credibility here of people you don't even know. Let's talk about yours. Who the fuck are you besides some TO obsessed fan who jerks off at his TO shrine every night living at home with mom and pop in the basement.
by JordanTaber @ 25 May 2010 11:42 pm
What does it matter if I knew Werder or not? I know what Werder has reported, and he has been wrong far too often for a guy in his position.
by Chris @ 05 Jun 2010 08:49 pm

Was gonna comment on this page too but ntropic nailed it
by James @ 05 Jun 2010 11:26 pm
It's a common fact that the media is untrustworthy. They report what sells. ntropic, how about we talk about YOUR credibility. Who are you besides some TO hater who's jealous of his talent. How about MY credibility. Well, does it matter? Am I stating a response to an argument? How about we check EVERYONE'S credibility while we're at it. See, that argument just doesn't work.
by ntropic @ 23 Jun 2010 08:29 pm
So James...you are a TO shrine jerk off too. Actually that argument does work because you didn't really have a reply besides a bunch of questions. If you refer back to my post you'll see I made statements not questions. Let me know when you can pull yourself away TO's cock to give me an actual reply that doesn't consist of a bunch of questions.

If you two TO loving morons are so sure you're right, why don't you pick up your TO shrine and come tailgate at the next game. Preach this shit in public. Just make sure you guys don't cross dicks or something while your worshiping the shrine.
by jop4revolt @ 14 Feb 2012 08:38 am
People in America have been brainwashed by the media with lies and distortion for years. Ed Werder is a gossip whore. T.O. scored 38 touchdowns in 3 years while in Dallas
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