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T.O. on the field is better than T.O. off the field

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I'm gaining a little perspective on Terrell Owens becoming a Dallas Cowboy, a few days removed from the signing. I've worked through most of the angst and consternation; I've made peace with the selling of our souls. Standing on principle in the sports world is sometimes comical anyway. I mean really, we're talking about sports.

It's not like it's something really important; important like it was when deciding whether to accept Sammy Hagar as lead singer when Eddie Van Halen booted David Lee Roth. Those were times that tried men's souls. For the record, it was never the same, but Sammy and the Boys did put out a few good albums.

Back to the matter at hand, I'm now thinking about Owens on the football field, because the off the field stuff is unknown and uncontrollable (except by Terrell). And when I think about matters on the field, things get real interesting.

The Cowboys just acquired a playmaker, the kind of player that can take over an NFL football game, and that's hard to do. Terrell Owens potentially elevates this offense to a place we haven't seen since the Triplets. If Drew Bledsoe is given any kind of time there is no reason we won't be a force. Teams have to respect Terrell, it's mandatory to roll a safety over to his side and this alone opens up so many things.

Julius Jones and Marion Barber should see a lot of seven-man fronts. Teams can't afford to walk safeties up to the line on a regular basis, daring the Cowboys to throw the ball. Jason Witten will experience a lot less traffic over the middle, with safeties concerned about containing Terrell. Eventually during games Witten will get matched up with a linebacker which is no contest at all. In fact, with Owens on one side and Terry Glenn on the other, defenses are going to be so concerned with the outside that the middle should be an open field of green for the Cowboys offense this season.

Sounds good so far, but that's just the benefits of having Terrell on the field. We didn't bring him here to be a decoy, we brought him here to catch TD's, and to do it from any place on the field. Don't lose sight of the fact that Owens is already #4 all-time in TD's for a WR. He has triple-digit TD's (101) for his career.

For all his baggage, Terrell Owens is the prototypical receiver. Big and fast with soft hands; you couldn't build a better reciever in a laboratory. The Cowboys offense took a huge leap forward with Terrell on the roster. If the offensive line holds up, count on a vastly improved Dallas Cowboys team in 2006.