T.O. on Bengals’ woes: ‘It starts from the top down’

It’s well known that Terrell Owens has a habit of being forthcoming with his opinions. So when Owens appeared on “NFL Total Access” on Friday, he didn’t leave much to interpret when discussing what was behind the problems that plagued the Bengals during a forgettable 2010 season that fell short of expectations.

Earlier this week, Solomon Wilcots sparked some good conversation with his take that QB Carson Palmer, not known as an outspoken individual, wasn’t bluffing in his trade demand to get out of Cincinnati. Owens expanded on the situation, alluding to larger problems within the organization as the reason Palmer wants out.

“What a lot of people really don’t think and really don’t understand about this situation with Carson asking to be out of there (is) he’s saying something without really saying something,” Owens said.

So what is Palmer really saying?

“That’s what a lot of people should read (into),” Owens explained. “There is a line that needs to be read in there. He knows that there’s some things within that organization that just aren’t right. Obviously Chad (Ochocinco) tried to get out of there a few years back, and obviously that didn’t work well for him. Obviously if you have your franchise quarterback who is supposed to be that guy for your team (and) trying to get out of there, that’s kind of telling the organization something, and that’s telling a lot of people out there something as well.”

For those reading between the lines, a very candid Owens then became more specific and, in doing so, pointed straight to the top of the organization.

“I think if you look at the talent we had in that locker room this year and we mustered four wins, that should let you know something is not right,” Owens said. “Throughout the year, I saw some things that really wasn’t right.

“I’ve made a comment about if you’re trying to win some championships, it starts from the top down. (Warren Sapp) mentioned Mike Brown; I think even before I got there, they said the owner was a little different. Obviously, I saw that. You start with the head coach, and then you start with the staff on both sides of the ball. … Offensively, we really didn’t have the coaching that we really needed to muster what we had on the offensive side of the ball.”

Whew. That pretty much covers it.

As for his own future, Owens said he wasn’t sure if he would be back with the Bengals (if it wasn’t out the window before, we’re guessing it is now) and said he believes he has “a few years left” in him.

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