More Controversy: Now Lewis didn’t want Owens


The firestorm left in the wake of the T.O. signing continues, and NFL “insiders” and talking heads throughout the league continue to analyze, speculate, and just plain gossip.

The latest, courtesy of Newsday through PFT, is that head coach Marvin Lewis was not “entirely on board” with the addition of T.O.

“He’s got big concerns,” a source with “direct knowledge” of Lewis’ mindset told Glauber.  “T.O. is more than just a receiver, and Marvin is aware of the potential for problems.”

Again, this is an apparently “unnamed source” with “direct knowledge” of the situation, which means either the individual was instructed by Lewis not to say anything, or its an out-and-out fabrication.

This is reminiscent of when Lewis was apparently against the team bringing Chris Henry back last offseason. As it turned out, the coach welcomed Henry into the fold. And even if it was owner Mike Brown’s call and not Lewis’, Henry was a valuable member of the 2009 addition.  It can easily be said that after “Slim” went down with an arm injury, the passing game vanished.

If true however, this report could lend credence to the assertion by some that Lewis has not yet signed a contract extension due to disagreements between himself and Brown on player personnel issues and control of the roster.

As for me, I tend to believe that Brown clearly has the final say, and that he would bring in players without prior approval, particularly under former regimes.  On the other hand, we’ve seen numerous times that Lewis and Brown have a healthy relationship, they talk daily, and I would doubt highly that this relationship would work if Brown was making moves against Lewis’ will and full consent as head coach.

Besides, Lewis was recently quoted as saying that Owens gives him, “another threat, a proven threat.”

Thus I’d conclude that Marvin’s initial reaction was to initially say, “no”, feeling that they were set at receiver. After some internal meetings with Brown (and most likely Offensive Coordinator Bob Bratkowski) Lewis became amenable to the idea.

Perhaps I’m wearing my orange-colored glasses here, but I see this move as all positve (as I have since March).  Owens has clearly been humbled, and at his age getting a ring before he leaves the game must weigh heavily on his mind.  Chad and T.O. will be happy playing on the same team, and Carson Palmer’s approval is worth its weight in gold.

Whatever reservations Lewis may have had are far outweighed by the potential that this offense can be as powerful as the defense, and that the team could realistically challenge for the Super Bowl this year.

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