T.O.: There’s no sense of panic over offense

As long as the wins keep coming, Terrell Owens says he has no reason to gripe.

Owens took his turn at the podium on Wednesday to answer the questions everyone seems to be asking in Cincinnati: What’s wrong with the offense and quarterback Carson Palmer?

Owens was diplomatic while taking questions about the offense, acknowledging the issues while carefully not placing blame. Owens did allude to a feeling that the unit lacks an identity after three weeks (and two wins).

Here’s what Owens had to say when asked if there’s concern about the lack of big plays from the offense:

“There’s not a sense of panic or anything right now, but I think you want to establish some type of  identity and chemistry and flow of what we have offensively. As of right now, we just haven’t done that. I don’t think it’s a situation where it’s just going to click. This is something that, for myself, you definitely want to be on the same page as the quarterback offensively. We want to be able to run the ball at will, we want to be able to pass the ball at will at any given time. Again, we know we’re not functioning as we should on the offensive side of the ball.

“We definitely have to credit defense because they’ve put us in some situations where we’ve moved the ball along enough to where we can put Mike (Nugent) in some situations to kick some field goals. Obviously, as an offense you want to put six points on the board. Obviously, we’re struggling to do that. It’s something you have to take pride in, and for myself, I’m not comfortable with where we are offensively. We just have to continue to practice hard, and if we can continue to do that, it’ll pay off at some point. Definitely not a sense of panic at this point, but it’s frustrating not to be able to do the things we need to do from a passing standpoint.”

A lighthearted Chad Ochocinco also spoke briefly from his locker, saying he can’t even talk trash right now because of the stagnant offense.

As for Owens, while admitting he’s been frustrated, he said as long as the winning continues, there’s not much to say.

“The most important thing, which is what I alluded to, is that we’re winning. If we were losing, I would definitely have a lot to say. But the most important thing is the ‘W.'”

— Frank Tadych

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