View Full Version : Signing T.O. was a mistake

08-03-2006, 08:56 AM
Terrell Owens (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/3664) taught Philadelphia Eagles (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/teams/eagles) owner Jeffrey Lurie a lesson: Character is as important as talent.

In his annual state-of-the-team address Wednesday, Lurie acknowledged that acquiring Owens was a mistake.

"I would not do it again," Lurie said. "You look back on it -- one year great, the second year a disaster. Nobody should be able to be as disruptive and really cut the energy of the team down ... . I think we all learned from that."

In his first year, Owens helped the Eagles reach their first Super Bowl since the 1980 season. But in his second, the intractable wide receiver was a major disruption. The Eagles endured a dismal, injury-plagued 6-10 season, and Owens' tenure in Philadelphia ended bitterly.

Lurie said he has also learned lessons from the previous two seasons, outside of the T.O. debacle.

Last year, the Steelers lost three straight -- and were 7-5 -- before winning their final four regular-season games. They followed by winning four straight in the playoffs, capped by a victory over Seattle in the Super Bowl.