Cowboys Minus T.O Equals Plenty Of Popcorn

Long Island SoundContributor IJuly 13, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 28: Tony Romo #9 and Terrell Owens #81 of the Dallas Cowboys look on in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 28, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 44-6.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Many like to bring forth Owens’ prior separations with the 49ers and Eagles and their dismal seasons proceeding, so before we look at the present situation we must reminisce on T.O’s previous debacles.

Numerous critics speculate how the 49ers went to a below .500 record without their number one receiver. One answer may be they also lost their starting quarterback in Jeff Garcia.  Losing two essential parts of a playoff team is critical, and when Tim Rattay has the reigns going 7-9 can be considered a success.

Next, the Eagles went from the NFC Champions to a miserable 6-10 the following season.  All of this is due to the departure of Owens right?  No.  The Eagles in 2005 were one of the most injury plagued teams in recent years.  They lost Donovan McNabb two games into the season and the running back position was damaged throughout the entire year.  Not to mention the loss of Derrick Burgess and the injuries to Lito Sheppard disabled Jim Johnson and his defense.

Can we predict how the Cowboys will fare this year based on T.O’s history?  Not so much.  By releasing Terrell Owens, Jerry Jones and his boys will be in a better position currently and in the future.

Even without T.O, big D will still put up a popcorn eating performance.  Every analyst is critical of the new promoted number one receiver in Dallas, Roy Williams. The constant question:  Is he a number one receiver?

Have we forgotten about Williams’ Pro Bowl year in 2006 when he accumulated over 1300 yards receiving and hauled down one-third of Jon Kitna’s touchdown passes?  This was all done with Jon Kitna; not Jeff Garcia, Donovan McNabb, or Tony Romo, which T.O was fortunate of being in tandem with. 

Also, this was prior to the Calvin Johnson era, so the defensive coverages were focused on the receiver out of Texas.  Williams’ production went down the following year with Calvin Johnson, but so did the entire teams output, which ultimately led to the spiral demise into a 0-16 season last year.

Another positive aspect is now Tony Romo can focus on looking at defensive photos on the sideline and not Terrell Owens in his face.  In addition, Romo can use his All-Pro tight end Jason Witten even more now without Owens’ crying.

Look for the Cowboys to feature Marion Barber and the plethora of speedy backups in Felix Jones and Tashard Choice to relieve the pressure off of Romo.  When called upon to execute throws, Tony Romo will excel and raise Roy Williams back to his Pro-Bowl form.

Let this question marinate when discussing T.O’s impact.  Has any team ever won a Super Bowl with Terrell Owens?      

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