Sometimes, a story just lives on and on. Many times, Terrell Owens is involved.
As NFL senior columnist Vic Carucci pointed out earlier this week, we had heard from every possible person connected with Owens in his new home — Owens himself, his agent, Bills owner Ralph Wilson, quarterback Trent Edwards — except head coach Dick Jauron. That changed Wednesday when Jauron broke his silence during a scheduled session with the media.
“We’ll start with him, like we do with every player who is new here, we’ll start and build our relationship forward,” Jauron said. “I’m very excited about it and about the opportunity. As I’ve said publicly — and I’ve heard it from many sources, many very credible sources — people have never, or very seldom, been around anyone who works as hard as this guy.”
Jauron said he understands Owens is a different case, not only because of his own approach but also because of how the media approaches their coverage of him.
“If you think that emotional outbursts don’t occur on every sideline every Sunday, you’re sadly mistaken – they do,” Jauron said. ”Between coaches and players, between players and players. To the degree that he has had them? Maybe. Do they get the publicity that he gets? No. Because of his success as a player, his abilities as a player, and obviously to the degree of the disturbance on the sideline at times. They occur all the time in this business.”
Speaking of emotional outbursts, Nick Bakay checked back in to NFL.com today with his reaction to T.O. joining the Bills.