Looks like the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers weren't so dumb after all. Dallas did what it should have done by releasing Terrell Owens, but the Cowboys never should've been in this mess in the first place.
Owens is a productive receiver who is toxic to a locker room and counter-productive to progress. He's not about the team; he's about himself, first, foremost and always. Jerry Jones didn't get that, just as he didn't get what Pacman Jones was all about. So he deluded himself into thinking he and the Cowboys would somehow change these guys.
Yeah, sure, and A-Rod is better for the Yankees than Scott Brosius. I don't get how people are sucked in by numbers and don't research more carefully into what players are all about. So Owens has a zillion catches and knows how to find the end zone. Big deal. So did Chad Johnson. But I'd sooner have Bryant Johnson on my team than Chad, and I would never, ever, ever take a chance on T.O. or Pacman.
Yet somebody will, trust me, -- just as somebody will take a flyer on Michael Vick. Well, good luck. You reap what you sow. Didn't anyone in Dallas think there might have been an itsy, bitsy reason Andy Reid let Owens walk into the locker room of his division rival?
Owens helped take that team down, just as he helped to take down the Eagles in 2005. Teams give up on him for a reason, and at least the Cowboys figured it out -- but only after a lot of hardship. As much as I can criticize Jones for taking the guy on, he finally came to his senses -- just as he did with Pacman. That's a step. The Cowboys never should have gotten here, but at least they weren't too proud to admit their mistake.
Now, the Cowboys strive for team chemistry ... and it's about time. That's something that isn't possible when you have distractions like Owens and Jones in the locker room, and Dallas found out the hard way. Give the Cowboys credit for this, too: They have Owens' replacement on board. That would be Roy Williams, and look for him to figure in Jason Garrett's game plans the way he didn't when Owens was around.