Just days before his release, rumors began circulating that Terrell Owens was once again up to his old tricks up in Seattle. Yesterday, Seahawks head coach took the time to address the speculation and throw his support behind Owens, one day after cutting him from the team.From NFL-AtL:
“Anybody that thinks he had an attitude around here or something like that got in the way is wrong,” Carroll said. “They don’t know what they’re talking about.
“This guy was great. He did everything we wanted him to do. He practiced hard, he studied hard, he asked questions, he worked hard in the games. He did everything. He was terrific.”
“He’s got the competitive makeup to do it, he’s physically beautifully fit for a guy of his years, and I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t wind up in somebody’s camp and playing for somebody.”
You’ve gotta hand to Carroll for going to bat for a player no longer on his roster. He could have easily chosen not to speak on the subject. Instead, he went on to heap praise upon a player who has become a punching bag for the media. Although if Carroll truly felt the way he says, he never would have released Owens, I think it’s clear that he at least cares about him personally. His words illustrate that.