I don't know if he didn't see it, or he didn't feel like getting his hands dirty, or he just thought it was a random, brown-in-color, oblong shaped non-football object rolling along the carpet ... but Gurode just stood there for a second while a Cardinal pounced on the ball.
Back on the sidelines, Owens tore into him like a little boy. Gurode just stood there and took it, and appeared to have nothing to say in his own defense.
To me, any scenario other than Gurode not seeing the ball seems pretty unlikely. Any NFL player knows he's getting cut if he just stands there and watches a loose ball. At the very least, he's getting beaten in the shower after the game. I just find it so hard to believe that anyone would knowingly stand there like a slack-jawed yokel and let someone else grab a fumble. It just doesn't happen.
I'm looking forward to the postgame explanations. And to those of you who believe this is something that's being blown out of proportion just because it's Terrell Owens involved ... yeah, I'd say that's about right.