Terrell Owens(notes), the Bengals leading receiver in 2010, isn't mad at Carson Palmer(notes) for wanting out of Cincinnati. In fact, he thinks it says more about the Bengals' shortcomings than Palmer's.
In the NFL Network studio with Solomon Wilcots and Warren Sapp, Owens got honest about the state of the 4-12 Bengals. And yes, if you want to, you can see it as Owens selfishly shoving his team into a woodchipper, but to me, nothing about it feels malicious or me-first. I see only a guy being honest and making a lot of sense.
"If you have your franchise quarterback who is supposed to be that guy for your team [and he's] trying to get out of there, that’s kind of telling the organization something, and that’s telling a lot of people out there something as well."
"Even before I got there, they said the owner was a little different. Obviously, I saw that. You start with the head coach, and then you start with the staff on both sides of the ball."
"Offensively, we really didn’t have the coaching that we really needed to muster what we had on the offensive side of the ball."
In summary, the things holding back the Bengals organization are the two small matters of the front office and the coaches. Anyone want to tell him he's wrong?
Owens will be a free agent this summer, and could end up, just like last summer, scrambling for a job.