Photo of Terrell Owens of the Cincinnati Bengals standing on the sidelines.

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Was I the only NFL fan that knew Terrell Owens would not go over well as a Cincinnati Bengal? Once you get into your late 30's, its hard to change behavior and habits; especially as a player. While he may have been correct in his assessment that some of the Cincinnati Bengals' struggles was on behalf of the Brown family and coaching staff, opinions like that should not and cannot go public.

There are some football fans even defending this ego-maniac by saying that he wants to win so badly. Terrell's numbers speak for themselves. He is among the all-time greats in terms of accolades for a wide receiver. But we are talking about football here and not baseball. Statistics don't always tell the full story. Terrell Owens has been on the receiving end of passes from Steve Young, Donovan Mcnabb, Jeff Garcia, Tony Romo and Carson Palmer his entire career. One could even say that he had an advantage over other players because he was mentored by both Steve Young and Jerry Rice early in his career. There is no need to even bring up his past antics, because there are too many to count.

We should even add that we saw these problems before they started. Our staff attended the Cincinnati Bengals training camp in early August at Georgetown College. The evening practice was set to begin at 7:00 pm. In the NFL, players are often stretching on the field at 6:50 pm and the practices are very structured. What time did Chad OchoCinco and Terrell Owens show up to practice? 7:13 pm. Together. And they received a loud roar from fans in the stands when they showed up late. Carson Palmer was on time for practice. Cedric Benson was on time for practice. Marvin Lewis was on time. OchoCinco and Owens are two players who feel that they are bigger than the game and bigger than the Cincinnati Bengals. They both seem much more interested in starring in reality shows, doing commercials and spending hours on Twitter rather than playing football anymore.

And you know what else? The only people in the Bengals organization that wanted Owens was Chad OchoCinco. If you remember, Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown continually denied that the Bengals had any interest in Terrell Owens last spring. Yes, the Cincinnati Bengals are struggling and have for much of the last two decades. No matter who is at fault for the Bengals' 2-11 start, Chad OchoCinco and Terrell Owens careers are quickly approaching their end.


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