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October 09, 2007

Terrell Owens' thoughts from Monday night

Immediately after the game in a jubilant Cowboys' locker room, receiver Terrell Owens shared his thoughts on his two-catch night that included one near disastrous drop in the waning moments.
On his involvement in the offense: "It didn't bother me. I was open a lot of times. For whatever reason, we had some long shots. There were balls long and out of bounds. I tried to do whatever I could all night. It was tough. I felt like I had opportunities. It was a lot of tight, close coverage."
Owens nearly caught a 2-point conversion that would have tied the game with 20 seconds remaining. Tony Romo's pass to the corner of the endzone was a little short, and Owens nearly caught the ball but Bills defensive back Jabari Greer broke it up with his helmet.
"It was just a situation where I tried to adjust to it," Owens said. "The ball was kinda under thrown. It was on (Greer's) helmet and I tried to reach over."
But easily the biggest moment of the night that could have put Owens in the headlines for the wrong reasons was his dropped pass immediately after the Cowboys' recovered the onside kick. Owens appeared to catch the ball at the 25-yard line, but replays showed he dropped it and the play was over turned.
"I felt like I was underneath it. It was one of those plays," Owens said.
Overall, a frustrating night for Owens until the very, very end.
"It was frustration a little bit," he said. "I felt there were some opportunities there when I was open and it just didn't happen. The game is over. We won the game. It's something we can obviously correct."

- Mac Engel

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So here's the deal. Not a fan of the Boys but love MNF. But what the he** is going on when the NFL offic's can cancel a play to review a prior play? The d*** ball had been SPIKED to set up the field goal. The play that was reviewed was NOT THE SPIKE but the prior reception. Granted the reception was a trap, but puhleeze... And that last second t.o. at the field goal kick is cheap and as close to cheating as possible. Whether it is Shanhyhanny against the Raiduhs three weeks ago, or the Rayduhs vs the Browns two weeks ago, or last night... it is cheap and it cheapens the game for the players who work so hard for 60 minutes. Hey Coach, if your boys can't do the job in 60 minutes, stay outta the d*** game. Pathetic coaches.. make their teams into pathetic losers (and sometimes pathetic winners) with that crap.

Fix the rules, NFL. Take your refs outta da game, and stop that last minute TO crap. I would rather watch sychronized swimmers than spend three hours watching your events and then have a whiny spoiled cheating coach try to theft a victory from the opponent.

And even tho I am not a fan of da boys, WOW WHAT A GAME! I am still outta breath!

And so that you get the context, I am a fan of da Rayduhs.... even tho they cheated to get the win against da Browns. IT AINT RIGHT!

So here's the deal. Not a fan of the Boys but love MNF. But what the he** is going on when the NFL offic's can cancel a play to review a prior play? The d*** ball had been SPIKED to set up the field goal. The play that was reviewed was NOT THE SPIKE but the prior reception. Granted the reception was a trap, but puhleeze... And that last second t.o. at the field goal kick is cheap and as close to cheating as possible. Whether it is Shanhyhanny against the Raiduhs three weeks ago, or the Rayduhs vs the Browns two weeks ago, or last night... it is cheap and it cheapens the game for the players who work so hard for 60 minutes. Hey Coach, if your boys can't do the job in 60 minutes, stay outta the d*** game. Pathetic coaches.. make their teams into pathetic losers (and sometimes pathetic winners) with that crap.

Fix the rules, NFL. Take your refs outta da game, and stop that last minute TO crap. I would rather watch sychronized swimmers than spend three hours watching your events and then have a whiny spoiled cheating coach try to theft a victory from the opponent.

And even tho I am not a fan of da boys, WOW WHAT A GAME! I am still outta breath!

And so that you get the context, I am a fan of da Rayduhs.... even tho they cheated to get the win against da Browns. IT AINT RIGHT!

I only blame two people for last night's disaster, and one of them is not T.O.

I blame Romo for not being in the game, for 95% of the game. And I blame Jason Garrett.

It was clear to me, you could see it in Romo's eyes after the 1st two interceptions, that Romo was not in the game, at all. I believe that as far out of the game Romo was, that I would have pulled Romo immediately. Not as punishment, but to give him time to work it out in his head, without the pressure of the actual game. Johnson would have done fine. Then when Romo is ready, really ready, let him return to the game.

However, since he was left in, the play calling was terrible, and continued to play right into Romo's weakness, which was throwing from the pocket. When Romo got the chance to roll out, he was fine. Shouldn't Jason Garrett's play calling be just as suspect for the night? Garrett seemed to lack the ability to adjust to the circumstances of this particular evening's strengths and weaknesses, on the spot.

I only blame two people for last night's disaster, and one of them is not T.O.

I blame Romo for not being in the game, for 95% of the game. And I blame Jason Garrett.

It was clear to me, you could see it in Romo's eyes after the 1st two interceptions, that Romo was not in the game, at all. I believe that as far out of the game Romo was, that I would have pulled Romo immediately. Not as punishment, but to give him time to work it out in his head, without the pressure of the actual game. Johnson would have done fine. Then when Romo is ready, really ready, let him return to the game.

However, since he was left in, the play calling was terrible, and continued to play right into Romo's weakness, which was throwing from the pocket. When Romo got the chance to roll out, he was fine. Shouldn't Jason Garrett's play calling be just as suspect for the night? Garrett seemed to lack the ability to adjust to the circumstances of this particular evening's strengths and weaknesses, on the spot.

Can't believe interference wasn't called on the 2 point conversion to Owens. Defensive back had his back to the ball and never turned his head to look for it. Also had his hands up which is face guarding even if Owens jumped over them. And finally, he clearly made contact before the ball arrived.
Reminded me of one of those "no calls" at the end of an NBA game.

How come Greer was not called for pass interference on the 2-pt conversion? He went up into Owen's body with both hands up without ever turning to look for the ball?

Also, I thought that Owens did not "lose" the ball on his catch until after his knee was down and he was touched by a defender. He appeared to have possession of the ball with knee on ground and then touched...before the he lost control of it.

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