DALLAS — Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens is not mad about the offense and he is not upset with quarterback Tony Romo.
Owens, who has drawn national attention for his comments about the offense and a report that he complained to Romo after the Washington Redskins game Sunday, answered the charges on his radio show Tuesday night at the House of Blues.
Owens said he never had a conversation with Romo about his role in the offense.
“I have not,” Owens said when asked if voiced his displeasure with Romo after the 26-24 loss to the Redskins.
A source did acknowledge that he is frustrated with some of the routes that have been called. He caught only two passes in six quarters from the second half of the Eagles game through the entire Eagles game before catching seven passes against the Redskins on Sunday.
Owens said his postgame comments about needing to be involved more in the offense were blown out of proportion and more a product of his frustration in the Cowboys loss than any displeasure about the Cowboys offense.
“It’s a matter of being frustrated with the loss,” Owens said. “It had nothing to do with the offense.”
Critics say Owens’ frustration is unfounded considering that the Cowboys directed 18 passes toward him against the Redskins in addition to two rushing attempts.
Owens said the numbers are misconstrued because the all the passes weren’t catchable.
“That is not to say nothing about Tony Romo,” Owens said. “I am not going to be able to catch every ball thrown my way. Every pass was not a valid catchable pass.”
Owens didn’t back down from his comments about needing to be a big part of the offense.
“All I have said is I need more opportunities to help this team win,” Owens said.
“It’s me being confident in who I am. Its not going to be the last time you hear me say I need the ball.
Owens took a lot of heat from the ESPN studio analysts Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Cris Carter after Sunday’s comments.
On Tuesday, he offered his own rebuttal.
Regarding Keyshawn Johnson, whom Owens’ referred to as Sheshawn at least three times, he said: “[As the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 draft] he is the ultimate underachiever on that panel. I am the reason he is in the booth. Everybody is aware when I was brought to Dallas he was the one they let go to get me here.”
He said there was one thing he agreed with that Carter had to say and that was that Jerry Rice is the best receiver of all time.
“But I am second all time behind Jerry Rice," Owens said in accentuating his superiority over Carter and Johnson.