With everyone having an opinion about Terrell Owens not showing up for the Hall of Fame ceremony (and with the opinions of non-football people like Charles Barkley and Dick Vitale getting noticed), it makes sense to listen to the comments from the actual members of the Hall of Fame — especially when one of them is closely identified with one of the team for which T.O. played.
Owens said on Saturday night that he’s staying away for all of the men who had to wait to get what they deserved. But, as Thomas says, every finalist believes he should have gotten in on the first try. It’s ultimately a numbers game, and there are more worthy candidates than there are bronze busts.
And if the member of the Selection Committee who opted to trash T.O. had simply explained it that way, maybe he would have shown up for the ceremony once he finally got in.
I’m so excited to see how well [Ogbah’s] doing out here this year, Williams said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He’s night and day more relaxed and doing things more instinctively, not overthinking and not as afraid to make a mistake as he was last year because we moved him into a new position. Knock on wood, staying healthy, he’s going to really stand out this year.
Williams has company on the Ogbah optimism front in Ogbah’s partner at defensive end. Myles Garrett believes the two players can go for a really historic year as they play in Williams’ defense for the second time.
What needs work? The Panthers thought they had a deal in place with cornerback Bashaud Breeland early in free agency until he failed his physical. That put the Panthers in a bad place, because by the time the results were back the market had dried up. Cornerback James Bradberry is clearly the best member of the secondary, and Ross Cockrell, Kevon Seymour and second-round pick Donte Jackson will all battle for the No. 2 corner position. Da’Norris Searcy should find one safety spot while 37-year-old Mike Adams and Colin Jones fight for the other. But this is a pass defense that was 22nd in touchdowns allowed and 24th in interceptions last season.