Eagles must keep Owens happy

Will Terrell Owens' impressive talent convince Andy Reid to abandon his spread the ball philosophy?

Updated: March 30, 2004, 12:08 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
When Galileo had the temerity to state openly that the sun, not the earth, was the center of the universe, he was ridiculed and labeled a blasphemer. Thing is, they were both wrong. The center of the universe is Terrell Owens -- just ask him.

Perhaps that's a bit harsh, but Owens definitely has cultivated a reputation of someone who's obsessively self-absorbed. So it was a bit of a surprise when the Eagles initiated a trade that brought Owens to Philadelphia.

There is no arguing his talent as a wide receiver. Though he drops some easy passes, his size and speed are off the charts and perhaps no one is better at racking up yards after the catch. In short, he is one of the few wideouts who has the ability to dominate a game all by himself. The surprise came because his sometimes abrasive behavior is a type that's not typically tolerated by coach Andy Reid.