Bucs Should Consider T.O.

October 30th, 2011

Keep in mind this isn’t Joe talking in the headline. It’s the take of respected former NFL assistant coach and front office man Pat Kirwan. 

He works for CBSSports.com and CBS NFL Today, hosts a show on Sirius NFL Radio, which spent a training camp day at One Buc Palace, and writes regularly for NFL.com and more.

Speaking on The Miller and Moulton Show on 770 AM in Fort on Wednesday, Kirwan made it clear that he thinks the Bucs should consider bringing in wide receiver talent/headache Terrell Owens immediately. Kirwan says the Bucs could use him and are mature enough to handle the potential downside.

Here’s some of his take:

Miller & Moulton: If you were in that room in Tampa, would you say, ‘I know we haven’t done something like this since Gruden, but we may want to consider Terrell Owens.’

Pat Kirwan: I would consider it down there because they are in the race and their quarterback isn’t playing as he has in the past. Mike Williams, I’m really wondering what’s going on with him, that little drop at the goal line [in England] was really embarrassing if you’re supposedly on the verge of being a No. 1 receiver.

I would do that. And I think the coach is strong enough, and I know the quarterback is strong enough that no one is going to come in there and upset their chemistry. They like to call it the culture of their locker room. I think they have established themselves long enough where that there’s not going to be that problem. We’re at a point where the salaries are unguaranteed. We saw the Vikings get rid of Randy Moss in a couple of weeks and that was off a trade. You certainly could bring in a T.O. or a T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

Now Joe doesn’t advocate going the T.O. route by any means (though it would make great theater and sell some tickets).

But Joe does agree that the young Bucs have the leadership in place from top to bottom to handle free agents potentially needed to push them over the top, or at least close to it.

20 Responses to “Bucs Should Consider T.O.”

  1. j lynch Says:

    There is No cure for the T.O. cancer .. Ignore him maybe he will just go away.

  2. Mike419 Says:

    I’ll take him for the rest of the year he put up good numbers last year and played under the radar…wouldn’t hurt to give the guy a shot.

  3. RastaMon Says:

    desperate to support banner ad’s in a bye week……weak..

  4. Sheldon Says:

    Simply bringing in T.O. is a sign of desperation and, therefore, would disrupt the team’s chemistry. The receivers are fine, Josh just needs to make better decisions.

  5. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    There’s been a lot of talk on this site the last several days on what the Bucs do or do not need, and it’s always been broken down by position.

    “They need another RB,” or “We need a downfield threat at WR.” “Do we need help in the secondary?” etc etc

    This misses the point. The Bucs need playmakers. It doesn’t matter what position. They need “touchdowns waiting to happen” on offense and splash players on D. I don’t really care at what position.

  6. Greig Says:

    I’nm sorry but why would theBucs consider the guy?

    He tried to commit suicide for the 2nd time not long ago.
    NOBODY in terms of NFL teams bothered to turn up for his workouts.
    He has a well deserved reputation as a cancer.
    He’s 38 years old in about a month.
    For all the talent he may have had in the past he has never helped a team win a championship.
    Owens wouldn;t add anything to this team.

    What the Bucs need is a real coach who will show wideouts and DBs how to catch passes/INTs, clean up the flags we draw, teach defenders how to takcle, slap Olson if he does his usual trick of calling plays that my 2 year old niece can predict. Every single problem on the team is easily corrected by simply hiring a head coach instead of a best bud for the players.

  7. Leighroy Says:

    T.O. no way, but T.J. Houshmandzadeh I could see…

    Though I really don’t think FA’s should be signed unless guys go down bc of injury. The team is young and they need to grow, so bringing in someone to take over a guy’s rep’s isn’t gunna help. If they’re playing bad, then guys just need to play better and figure it out.

  8. rickster Says:

    Last thing we need is another cry baby diva on offense.

  9. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @RastaMon — What’s “weak” is you blasting Joe for what he’s done every day for the past 1200 or so days. The respected Kirwan said this and it wasn’t in passing. Joe shares what he thinks is interesting and is not grasping to support banner ads. You’re more than welcome not to like it, but you know this is the kind of stuff posted here all the time. To imply otherwise is ridiculous.

  10. Architek Says:

    No I wouldn’t say TO but the Bucs could have had Brandon Lloyd or Bernard Berrian is cheaper (Bucs Style) to come in and contribute right away. Lloyd is a #1 with skins on the wall that commands attention on the field and still young enough to stay around…But I understand it will never happen with proven commodities.

  11. rickster Says:

    So In a unrelated note, saints and the panthers lost so that’s good!

  12. Patrick Says:

    Look, we all know that T.O is well……T.O. I’m well aware of that. But he would actually bring SOMEWHAT of a leadership role to this team. He’s a veteran who’s been there, done that before in this league. He’s had a wonderful career and is one of the best receivers of the last 10-20 years in my opinion.

    I know T.O. is not the best team player, but a thing I’ve always respected him for is that he’s always stayed out of trouble OFF the field, unlike many of the thugs we have today in the NFL. He’s never a guy you hear about getting into a fight in a bar, being in a nightclub shooting, or doing drugs. I actually think he could help straighten out guys like Talib, Jackson, or other young guys that have done stupid things off the field. Though, he does have a big ego and that may not go well with guys like Talib or even Winslow.

    I don’t really want to sign him, but I don’t think it’d necessarily hurt if we did. Just saying. He’s behaved himself pretty well with Buffalo and Cinci in the last 2 years. I think he’d be okay here too. He’d likely be signed on the cheap so we wouldn’t really lose anything if it didn’t work out.

    Just a thought, so don’t attack me. haha

  13. Capt.Tim Says:

    TO- really? Now that’s funny.
    WR is probably our deepest position. We just have to let the young guys work thru their sophomore slumps- and again, most of their issues are from lack of an offseason of film and coaching.

    I think Kirwan is starting to lose it

  14. Mauha Deeb Says:

    TO is an upgrade on many teams. I think he could be a nice rotational number two. With williams @ #1, TO @ #2 and Briscoe @ slot, that would be an extremely tall(literally) order for most teams.

    I can’t see it happening though. Too many guys on the team already.

  15. Fish Says:

    Um, no. This shouldn’t even be a discussion.

  16. SteveK Says:

    No TO! Let him go be a Carolina panther.

  17. Niko (The Optimist) Says:

    Nothing like messing with Freeman’s head than to have TO and K2 in his ear all the time.

  18. Brad Says:

    It doesn’t matter who is out there. Dominic is so full of himself and obviously reads his own press clippings, that there is no way he brings in anyone. He thinks he drafts so well that we have the most talented players at every position. Hell we dont even need depth. He’s that good.

    I think this the beginning of the end for this regime. Unless we can win 1 of the next 3 games we won’t have a winning season and if we don’t the combination of no free agents and the coaching staffs inability to get this team going early will be their demise.

  19. stimpy Says:

    T NO.

  20. McBuc Says:

    Brad, what if they win 3 of the next games and go on to the play offs? Will you give the coaches some credit?