Compete is the well know philosophy of third year Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Ironically, you cannot spell compete without a “T” and an “O”. Hawks made the biggest splash of the new season by bringing in one of the most decorative players of NFL past in Terrell Owens.
Rewinding back to 2010 was the last time Owens played at this level. In 14 games with the Bengals, T.O. had 72 catches for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. Due to the torn ligaments in his knee, the season was cut short. Being the competitor he is, Terrell played eight games for the Allen Wranglers in the Indoor Football League and was later released in May 2009.
Next stop for the T.O. Show is Seattle, WA. Late Sunday night rumors broke on Twitter that the Seahawks were hosting him for a private workout on Monday August 6. He was in fact trying out and left Coach Carroll and GM John Schneider very impressed, especially by running a sub 4.4 forty yard dash at 38 years old. The contract was signed a day later.
Many Seahawks fans have mixed emotions due to his troubled past and cancerous behavior in the locker room. This potentially will be one of the best acquisitions of the year due in part to Seattle filling a need. The young wide receiving core can learn a lot from T.O. from a regiment standpoint. Former teammates have praised him for being one of the hardest working individuals they have been around. Work ethic can be contagious. Unfortunately, those not named Sidney Rice and Doug Baldwin have not proven themselves, but Rice has been injury prone two out of his last three years.
Also this preseason, Braylon Edwards was signed. Expect a fierce competition throughout the end of camp/preseason and into the regular season. Other notables such as Golden Tate, Ben Obomanu, and Ricardo Lockette may find themselves on the outside looking in. However Golden Tate’s early camp reviews are refreshing. Without much progress in the first two years of ballin’ he was building a reputation toward that awful B word (bust).
It is about to time to keep a close eye on who will step up the most. Luckily each receiver brings something different to the table. Rice, Edwards, and Owens are all very good possession WR’s. Tate, T.O. and Lockette have big play ability. Doug Baldwin is the main man in the slot who will sit in the zones and work the middle of the field. Newly named quarterback Matt Flynn will have a lot of shiny new toys to play with.
Even though the offense is going to be run through running back Marshawn Lynch, the pass is going to open up holes in the running game and make a drastic improvement in Red zone offense. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will salivate at the opportunity to involve his All Pro tight ends Kellen Winslow and Zach Miller with the cast of receivers and a beast of a running back. With already a top 10 defense, Seattle may be a surprise team coming out of the NFC. Terrell said it best “Get your popcorn ready.”
First Press Conference as a Seattle Seahawk