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    Terrell Owens.. disgruntled? Couldn't be...

    Eagles: Owens frustrated with second-half offense
    By BOB GROTZ
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    10/19/2004

    PHILADELPHIA -- Like Terrell Owens, Andy Reid questioned the offensive game plan in the second half of the Eaglesí 30-8 blowout of Carolina.
    At his Monday news conference, Reid conceded his traditional comments about "doing a better job as a coach" applied specifically to Owens, who was shutout in the second half.

    Reid vowed he could put the ball in the hands of T.O. -- even when the opposition rolls its coverage toward the receiver, turning the area into a mosh pit, as the Panthers did.

    "There are ways of getting it to him then, yeah," Reid said. "Thatís where Iíve got to do a better job."

    The Eagles can ill-afford a disgruntled Owens if they want to reach Jacksonville, site of Super Bowl XXXIX.

    Owens is a primary reason the Eagles are 5-0 for the first time since 1981, and leading the NFC East by a half of a game. The New York Giants (4-1) are next, followed by Dallas (2-3) and Washington (2-4). The Eagles also lead the NFC, with Atlanta (5-1) and Minnesota (4-1) close behind.

    The opposition certainly will watch tape of John Foxís defense, which reduced Owens, quarterback Donovan McNabb and running back Brian Westbrook to little more than spectators in the second half of the 30-8 rout. Fox almost always has done a solid job of defending McNabb, dating back to his tour as defensive coordinator of the Giants.

    Owens had four grabs for 123 yards in the first half, including highlight quality catches of 53 and 51 yards. Those proved to be his game totals. Worse, Owens didnít get into the end zone for the first time this season, robbing him of his seventh different celebration.

    Owens likely went into the intermission thinking he could get 200 receiving yards on cornerback Ricky Manning and the Panthers. But McNabb threw just one pass toward him in the second half, and it fell incomplete.

    Owens said he was open at times, that the Eagles should have taken more shots down the field and that he was just thankful they won. There was no mention of Reid taking it easy on his colleague and good friend, Fox.

    "I think as an offense we were very frustrated," Owens said. "We didnít do the necessary things to kind of balance our offense, as far as the run and the pass. We got the win. Weíve just got to move on and watch the film."

    It probably wonít be a film session with popcorn and soft drinks. The Eagles managed just 93 yards of offense, three three-and-outs in the second half after producing 190 in the first half. A McNabb interception made it nastier.

    Except for a 42-yard Westbrook scoring run with 2:08 remaining, the Eaglesí running game was AWOL. McNabb completed throws to just six receivers, a notch or two below his standard.

    Owens became the first Eagle since Irving Fryar in 1996 to register back-to-back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. Owens is on pace for 96 receptions, 1,558 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns, all of which would be club records.

    But the competitive part of Owens found it frustrating watching the defense celebrate four interceptions, including a pair by Lito Sheppard, who ran one back for a touchdown. The Eagles had four plays of 50-plus yards against the Panthers, including rookie J.R. Reedís 66-yard kickoff return.

    Reid made light of Owens being "open.

    "I donít know about all that," Reid said. "I think all of our receivers consider themselves open most of the time. Donovan does a good job of reading through it."

    But Reid, the winningest coach in the NFL the past four years, and the coach of the only NFL team that has led after every quarter this season, was certain of one thing.

    "There are going to be games where you donít get the ball at all," Reid said. "There are going to be games where you get it more than once. You just take what you get and you move on, and you want the team to win the football game. Thatís primary, winning the game."

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    Re: Terrell Owens.. disgruntled? Couldn't be...

    The more disgruntled he gets, the better for the rest of the NFC.
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    Re: Terrell Owens.. disgruntled? Couldn't be...

    That did not take long at all.....TO is funny
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