“We have to go back to the drawing table and look at the things that made us successful last year, moving me around a little bit, really just making an effort to get the ball in my hands on certain routes,” Owens said Tuesday, during a signing for his new book in Manhattan.
Okay. Owens wants the ball. Tommy want wingy. I get it.
I'm wondering, though, if this guys is even right about what he's saying. Is it truly beneficial to the Cowboys to chuck football at him like he's a toilet seat at a state fair? In other words, does he want to get the ball because he believes is truly helps his team, or does he want to get the ball because when he touches it, it makes him feel like a pretty little princess?
Let's look at some numbers. Let's see how the Cowboys do when Owens catches five or more passes, and let's see how they do when he catches four or fewer.
This year, the Cowboys are at no particular advantage when Owens is getting fed the pigskin. When he has five or more catches, the Cowboys are 2-2. When he has four or fewer, the Cowboys are 3-2.
In 2007, it was a pretty rosy picture for the Cowboys when Owens touched the pigskin five or more times. They were 9-1. But they were also 4-1 when he made four or fewer catches, so it's hard to tell much from those numbers.
In 2006, the numbers go Owens's way. The Cowboys were 7-5 when he made five or more catches, and 2-4 when he made four or fewer.
All in all, I'm calling the data inconclusive, and my ultimate guess is that Owens would be demanding the football even if the Cowboys were 0-9 when he caught 15 or more passes.