06-09-2006, 04:51 PM
It won't let you repost it. It's so damn funny.
06-09-2006, 06:35 PM
IRVING, Texas - How have your first couple of days been here throwing and catching with Drew Bledsoe?
Owens: Definitely things I have seen from across the field and in film - he is a good strong quarterback and something that will be to my advantage. I'm just looking forward to the opportunity.
How much do you appreciate this opportunity after the long off-season you have had?
Owens: I mean, I am going to embrace it. I am here with a great team and a great coach and a great owner and I am looking forward to the opportunity that I can make here and help this team win. That is why they brought me in here. I feel like once I get on the field I will let my playing talk for me.
How much have you been here in Dallas and at Valley Ranch?
Owens: I have been in and out over the course of the last couple of months. Over the last couple of weeks I have been here on a consistent basis working out and getting treatment. Just trying to get as healthy as possible. The time that I had off last year allowed me to do that and I am looking forward to the season.
What agreement did you make with Coach Parcells on when you would be here for off-season workouts?
Owens: Yeah let's address that. You guys really gave me grief about not being here, but it was a situation where I had come in and we talked - my first meeting really with him - and he told me to back here March 22. I think shortly after that meeting I was in L.A. and I heard that I was skipping mini-camps and back to my old stuff again. We had sat down and he told me when to be here and what was expected of me and that's when I was back.
What do you think about his coaching style?
Owens: I really have not had any problems with any coach's styles. I welcome it and I am looking forward to it. I know that it is going to be different than what I am used to and I am looking forward to it.
What do you think of him (Parcells)?
Owens: I think everybody has their perceptions just like everybody has their perceptions of me. I think we have kind of got a lot of things on the table and out in the open once we talked.
How is this offense going to be different than what you are used to?
Owens: Just the coverage and the terminology. That has been a big thing for me. That is one of the reasons I have been here the past week or so early is to try to get the offense down. Getting used to the terminology and getting the passing tree down. Once I get the ball in my hands it will be similar to the West Coast offense - I am going to take it and I am going to score with it.
Do you expect to get the ball as many times in this offense though?
Owens: I'm not sure. My thing is that I have never really expected to catch a certain amount of balls. I know in his (Parcells') press conference a lot of people ask him about me catching a 100 balls and I think if you reporters do your research I have only caught 100 balls in one season - one time. So I am not really accustomed to catching 100-plus balls.
With regards to your perception - do you feel like it is your job to get rid of that perception or just go out there and be yourself and not worry about it?
Owens: I am who I am and I can't change that and can't allow people to change who I am. I think I have been successful on the football field being the person that I am.
Do you mind the perception at all?
Owens: No, not at all.
Do you feel that there is a wrong perception about you out there a little bit?
Owens: I think really for me - you kind of grow and learn from your mistakes and I think I have done that. I had a long time to sit back and think about things that transpired over the last year or so. And I am going to take a different approach.
Can you tell us about the kind of mistakes you think you have mad?
Owens: Well I am not going to go into it. But I think everybody has that perception of what I do right and what I do wrong. You know I think that is personal and between me and God really.
What are the details of that different approach in your mind?
Owens: I think just learning from some of the mishaps that happened last year; I plan on trying to be a better person in life and better teammate. Obviously one of my goals here is to come in and help this team win and I am very excited about the opportunity to play for the Cowboys - which is the greatest organization in the NFL if I have to say something about it - and for one of the greatest coaches. I am looking forward to getting through training camp and preseason and ready to strap it up against Jacksonville.
Do enjoy the whole deal about the "circus" that surrounds you these days?
Owens: It is something that comes with the territory, you know. Too much is given, much is required. And this pretty much part of it.
What are you rehabbing?
Owens: Just some of the things like nagging little injuries. You know I have not played in a while so you kind of get some sore hamstrings, ankles and those types of things. Nothing major.
Do you feel like you are a Texan now and will you spend most of your time here between now and training camp?
Owens: Yeah, I am a Cowboy. I am going to spend as much time as I can here, but obviously I have my personal trainer in Atlanta and people in L.A. so I will have to stay on course of my training regimen while also compiling with some of things I have to here.
How much do you sense that people are just waiting for something to happen as you get started here this weekend?
Owens: I mean, that is always in the back of my mind. It was that way when I was in Philly. So I mean I can't change people's minds. It is what is. My thing now is just to go out and play football and try to get this team to the Super Bowl.
Will you make a concerted effort to change behavior to not let anything happen?
Owens: I think when you get to that point things will happen. I just have to be myself. Just let everything take its course and take care of itself.
Do you think your legacy is kind of at stake now and how you do here in Dallas will affect that?
Owens: Well I feel like at this point that I am with the greatest team in the nation and I have a chance to go out here on top with one of the greatest teams, coaches and owners. This is chapter one.
Do you think if you are successful here that it would wipe the slate clean of whatever happened in Philly?
Owens: Maybe or maybe not. We will just have to see how things play out.
Are you excited to play Philly?
Owens: I am excited to play football. When they come up on the schedule then I will be excited.
What kind of relationship do you have or expect between you and Drew?
Owens: We have talked. I called him when I got signed and we have talked a few times and the conversation has been great. We have text each other a few times. He has been keeping up with what I am doing and I kind of keep up with what he is doing. Sometimes I bug him when he is on the golf course and he has to call me back later. But it has gone well.
Have you been humbled a little or is that possible?
Owens: I think anybody can be humbled. I feel like I am a God-fearing man and everybody needs to be humbled at some point.
Have you talked to Roy Williams at all about the horse collar and all?
Owens: Well Roy and I were friends right before he came into the league, even when I got hurt by Roy. I mean football is football and everybody gets hurt; it is just part of football. It didn't change my opinion of him.
During the season are you going to hold a press conference or are you going to be hard for us to find?
Owens: I don't know - maybe some days and some days not.
After what you have been through over the past year - were you relieved or eager to get back to working with your fellow teammates?
Owens: Yeah, I was kind of eager to get back into the flow of things and today will be my first step towards that. So I look forward to putting cleats and getting that helmet on and going out there and playing football.
Do you feel like you are finally part of a team again?
Owens: I have always felt like I was part of a team - despite what people might think.
Are you glad to be back in a team setting again?
Owens: Oh yeah, definitely I am looking forward to getting to know the guys and the camaraderie that starts just from being in the locker room and the meeting rooms and seeing where the friendships go. You know it is going to be an interesting year.
What have you done in Texas since you have been here?
Owens: I really haven't done a whole lot. I am just trying to get acclimated and get moved in and get settled.
Can you give us any idea of the conversations that you have had with Coach Parcells?
Owens: Bill is a straight-forward guy and I think he knows the nature and the personality of me and I am learning his personality. So from my perspective he is a great guy - despite what I have read about him being a hard, tough coach and things of that nature. I think Bill is a guy that is going to shoot you straight and I am straight shooter. I feel like it is a match made in heaven and I am looking forward to it.
Has he laid down expectations for you?
Owens: My expectations are his expectations as well. Go out and play hard and play well. So I feel like if I am doing my job then he can better coach his job.
Looking back at the Philly deal, do you think any of that was your fault or what was the deal?
Owens: I don't know. I don't really want to get into that. Last year was last year; just have to wash your hands of that and move on.
How much of it are you going to get into in your book?
Owens: The book is the book. I feel like everyone can make their judgments after they read it. I think that book is basically as close to the truth as I can tell it. I don't feel that anything that book will entail will distract this team or my teammates or the Cowboys organization.
Donovan McNabb said he wanted a signed copy. Will he get one?
Owens: If he wants one he can have it. Maybe I will get him one.
Talking about wanting to be a better teammate: Do you think you need to clear the air with the guys here or they will just judge you on your actions?
Owens: I think actions speak louder than words and that will be my approach.
Do you have a little bit of a chip on your shoulder?
Owens: I have always played with a chip on my shoulder. Just try to make a name for myself. I know the cameras will be on me at all times and I am always ready.
Do you think the chip is bigger now?
Owens: Let's just say it has a star on it now.
Have you done anything to ensure that your relationship with Drew will be any different than ones you have had with other quarterbacks?
Owens: I don't think I have done anything differently. Drew and I have established a relationship where we talk on the phone and we obviously have a good communication.
How disappointed are you in the new NFL rule regarding celebration?
Owens: I don't know. I think Chad and I just going to be collaborating a little bit and try to find a way around and just have some fun with it.