If T.O. stands for “Team Only”, Terrell will turn an average football franchise into a bowl bound team.
Every company wants elite people to improve the company’s skill level. Terrell Owens can do that. Every company wants elite people to improve the bottom line, Again, Terrell Owns can do that. Every company wants people to sell more products. Terrell Owens can do that too! So, why doesn’t anyone want Terrell Owens?
With great skills and a few more years of potential NFL playing time, T.O. continues to sit the couch with summer training camps beginning. Terrell Owens has the same problem a lot of companies, both large and small, have. The superstar has poor interpersonal skills. Yes, he is a great performer. However, his expectations for attention, compensation, and perks and his Locker Room behaviors are greater than the organization can endure. The corporate world has similar challenges with hotshot lawyers, self-absorbed presidents, and executive arrogance.
Can you coach T.O.? Just like the prima donna in your office, T.O. is tough to coach. So he sits at home. (He is working on a reality TV show!)
Can you use T.O. as a pass decoy? Just like you can’t give the attention-seeker in the office the small account, you can’t give T.O. the third or fourth look in pass routes.
Can T.O. mentor younger players? Probably not. He wants the pass and the attention!
The Dallas Cowboys took a chance on T.O. and did not make the Super Bowl. What to do with T.O?
If a team is truly interested in T.O., the first step should be for the entire team to interview the guy. The corporate world conducts group interviews all the time. What should be different in this case? Players, coaches, trainers, and administration should sit him down in front of them and rifle behavioral interview type questions. Questions such as “How will you handle adversity?” make the interviewee understand quickly that he is in the hot seat and is not in control of his future. If the interviewers believe the responses T.O. gives, move to the next step. If the entire team ‘checks Yes’, an offer should be made. This contract must include stiff provisions against poor teamwork! (The football team must protect itself.)
At 6’3″, better than 220 lbs, and 36 years old, Terrell Owens still has a lot to offer. He can be a dominator if he can quickly improve his interpersonal skills. As a team player, he needs to trust the will of the team. He needs to cover for his teammates. He must resolve conflicts with the involved individuals rather than hurl allegations. He needs to participate in decision making and realize he is not the Decision Maker, Quarterback, or Coach. He should realize that he is better because he is on the team and that he is not ‘on the team’ if he is running solo. He should realize, also, that his opponents will test his ‘teammate’ resolve. Many teams do not want him! That will certainly inspire T.O. to perform at his best to beat those teams.
Although T.O,. has dropped passes in the past years, he is still a formidable opponent if he can make it to the playing field.
Again, If T.O. stands for “Team Only”, Terrell will turn an average football franchise into a bowl bound team.