Tag:Chad Ochocinco
Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 11:30 pm
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Offseason Checkup: Cincinnati Bengals

Posted by Andy Benoit



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After the Bengals fell behind the eight-ball with a devastating turnover-infused loss to the Bucs in Week 5, they went into their bye a lowly 2-3 and searching the depths of their character for answers.

Problem was, the depths of their character included the collective souls of Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, Pacman Jones, Rey Maualuga, Tank Johnson, Cedric Benson, Michael Johnson, Andre Smith, Carlos Dunlap, Frostee Rucker, Jonathan Joseph, Leon Hall and whatever other players on the roster who, at one point or another, have raised the red character flag.

None of these guys were individually heinous in 2010 (save for Owens), but collectively, they created a staggering void in the leadership department.




Offensive scheme

Bob Bratkowski is out as offensive coordinator, and deservedly so. In terms of complexity and sophistication, the Bengals’ system in 2010 was comparable to that of a really sophisticated Pop Warner team’s.

The receivers’ route combinations rarely worked off one another, making them easy to defend. The play-action game was non-existent, which was fitting because the run game was an afterthought.

Which brings us to the change: more power runs under new coordinator Jay Gruden. Expect Cedric Benson to re-sign and get about 25 carries a game. Not only is he best suited to be a bell cow, but the Bengals powerful but heavy-footed offensive line is best suited to play downhill, rather than in the frequent drop steps of pass protection.




1. Quarterback
Carson Palmer insists he’s retiring if the team doesn’t trade him. Owner Mike Brown may be great at playing hardball, but it would take a hardhead to keep Palmer around at this point. Besides, Palmer’s skills have declined (though not as much as you’d probably guess) and he clearly doesn’t trust his offensive line or receivers.

2. Pass Rusher
This need is almost as glaring as the potential need at quarterback. Antwan Odom has not been the same since injuring his Achilles. Robert Geathers was never the same after blowing out his knee. (Unfortunately for the front office, both players were inked to long-term deals before their injuries.) Athletic ex-Gator Carlos Dunlap earned some high marks as a second-round rookie last season, but equally as prominent were his low marks.

3. Interior Offensive Lineman
Right guard Bobbie Williams is aging. Left guard Nate Livings is the definition of average. Or maybe center Kyle Cook is. Whatever; the Bengals need more athleticism inside up front.




A healthy goal for the Bengals would be to regain respect. Self respect, that is. Individually, the Bengals are more athletically gifted than a lot of teams.

But their athletes have not lived up to potential or played well together. Ushering in a new wave of leadership would plant some positive seeds moving forward.

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Posted on: April 15, 2011 11:19 am
 

Hot Routes 4.15.11: Ochocinco and the book biz



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • An interesting look at what it’s like to work on a book with Chad Ochocinco (full disclosure: the first book I wrote was with Orange Frazer Press. It was not on Ochocinco. Or Chad Johnson, for that matter).
  • We don’t normally think of Bengals coach Marvin Lewis as a stand-up comic, but in a recent roast of Cincinnati restaurant legend Jeff Ruby, Lewis summoned his inner-Jeff Ross. Naturally, that includes a joke at Ochocinco’s expense. Also, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly just kills Lewis and Bearcats coach Butch Jones.
  • The three finalists for the Patriots 2011 HOF induction class are coach Bill Parcells, QB Drew Bledsoe and DL Houston Antwine. Fans can vote at patriots.com through May 15.
  • Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune doesn’t think that agreeing to a home game in London vs. the Bears is such a good idea for the Buccaneers.
  • Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio gave an interesting look into how New England preps for the draft and what happens in the war room during draft day.

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Bart Scott would welcome Ochocinco with open arms

C. Ochocinco might like his surroundings in New York a bit better than in Cincinnati. Posted by Andy Benoit

Earlier this year, Bengals wideout Chad Ochocinco said he would do anything to play for someone like Jets head coach Rex Ryan. Many figure he’ll get a chance. The Bengals are tired of the Ochocinco sideshow and will likely release the aging-but-still-viable receiver rather than pony up the $6 million it would cost to keep him.

Because of Ocho’s remarks about Ryan, the idea of Ocho in New York has been tossed around (for what it’s worth, Darrelle Revis has campaigned for the team to bring him aboard).

Count linebacker Bart Scott as one of the Jets who is intrigued by the idea.

“Of course it’s exciting to hear that, and I think that Chad and other guys recognize that not only are we playing hard and playing well, we have an affection for each other,” Scott told Kristian Dyer of the Metro. “I’m really excited that he’s a player who would want to be here, we don’t care about personalities. Personalities like Chad, we can handle. Santonio Holmes is an example of that - people didn’t think we can handle him, but he had only one problem in two years and he’s been the model citizen here. I would welcome Chad here.”

What Scott may not be considering is that the addition of Ochocinco would likely mean the subtraction of free agent Braylon Edwards. Or, worse, the subtraction of free agent Santonio Holmes.

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Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Ty Warren getting into MMA

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Like many normal people who don’t rely on the performance of their bodies to make a living, Patriots DL Ty Warren doesn’t relish going to the gym to work out with heavy, heavy free weights for hours at a time.

So, Warren – who missed all of last season with a torn labrum in his hip – went looking for another way to keep in shape and stay strong. Enter mixed martial arts training.

“I’m excited to wake up. I look forward to it every day. I get up and can’t wait to do that deal,” Warren told the Boston Herald. “All my emphasis isn’t solely on MMA, but I’m implementing that along with stuff I’ve done in the past. It’s more for helping with longevity. So I’ve been running and doing all kinds of stuff.”

Training in a MMA cage or a boxing ring has become the trend for some football players, most notably Patriots QB Tom Brady and Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco. Probably because they can get in a good cardio workout while having some kind of competition with a sparring partner to make training more pleasurable.

Plus, if you can hit a guy in the face without getting hit back, that’s pretty cool.

“You start easy on the joints, but at the same time, I feel like I’m getting my workload in,” Warren said. “It’s been good. I’ll be in excellent shape when I get back.”

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Hot Routes 3.25.11: Running the 40 ain't easy



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The video (and story) of the day goes to Yahoo! Sports’ Doug Farrar who had Da’Quan Bowers tape his 40-yard dash attempts and then released it to the world. It’s embarrassing and hilarious and full of awesomeness. Bowers’ best line comes after Farrar’s second attempt: "Don't think he trained with us here at API. Because he didn't. We don't do that around here." The video is embedded below.
  • There’s not much new news in this Ron Borges (of the Boston Herald) column, but you have to admire his lede. He sits on a toilet when he overhears NFL attorney Bob Batterman talking to a colleague about the labor negotiations. I’ve never gleaned any information in quite this manner, and honestly, I hope I never do. But hey, cheers to Borges to never being off the clock.
  • Charlotte Observer beat reporter Joe Person has a prediction on who the Panthers will make the No. 1 pick at the draft: Blaine Gabbert.
  • New Broncos coach John Fox believes that switching the team’s defense from the 3-4 to the 4-3 will really help Denver rush the passer.



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Posted on: March 25, 2011 10:54 am
Edited on: March 25, 2011 11:24 am
 

Ochocinco will play in reserve game for MLS team

C. Ochocinco had a better second day in his MLS tryout (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED (11:21 a.m.):
Maybe Chad Ochocinco has a better chance to play professional soccer than we thought.

According to Ochocinco's Twitter feed, he's been asked to stay in Kansas City a little extra longer and participate in the reserve game scheduled for Monday so the coaching staff can continue to evaluate him.

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The first day he participated in his tryout with the MLS’ Sporting Kansas City, Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco looked like a guy who hadn’t played soccer since high school (which is EXACTLY what Ochocinco was). And though the team went out of its way to proclaim that Ochocinco’s tryout wasn’t a media stunt, it certainly must have felt that way to the dozens of reporters in attendance.

But on his second day of trying out Thursday, according to the KC Star , Ochocinco had a much better day on the pitch, looking somewhat respectable.

He even got an ovation from his players when he chased down a ball from his forward position and sent what was called a “decent” cross that set up a goal opportunity for a teammate. He also, according to the paper, had an “adequate” cross later in a scrimmage.

“The game is fast for him, the play is maybe a little higher than maybe even he expected,” said coach Peter Vermes. “But some things he’s all right in and some things he’s far behind in, just because he doesn’t play on a regular basis.”

While it seems Ochocinco is playing above some people’s expectations, the fact he’s making “decent” and “adequate” plays means he probably won’t make the team. It’s just unfortunate that, at this very moment, Ochocinco doesn’t have another day job.

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Posted on: March 24, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Video of Ochocinco's soccer tryout

Posted by Andy Benoit

It’s hard to tell if Chad Ochocinco’s tryout with the MLS’ Kansas City Sporting (the heck kind of team name is that, by the way?) is a joke or serious. Ochocinco and the team want you to believe the latter. But Ochocinco has not played soccer since high school.

You can judge for yourself. AP Kansas City, MO put together an excellent video piece of the receivers’ first day of tryouts with the team. (By the way, does anyone else think that the Kansas City coach looks sort of, just a little bit, like Brett Favre?)




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Posted on: March 23, 2011 8:55 am
 

Lewis getting under Ochocinco's skin

C. Ochocinco and Marvin Lewis have taken swipes at each other in the media (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As far as coaching-media relationships are concerned, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis doesn’t have a great one with the Cincinnati scribes. He clearly doesn’t like having to deal with the media – considering I used to cover his squad, I can’t blame him on this point, because I know well the heathens that cover the beat – and he can be smug and condescending.

But sometimes, if you can get Lewis one-on-one or in the right situation (he once held an hour-long film session for the scribes so he could help us better understand linebacker terminology), he can be loquacious and friendly and fill up your notebook with strong quotes.

And when it comes to WR Chad Ochocinco lately, Lewis has had no problem speaking his mind. While speaking to the Cincinnati Enquirer and Bengals.com at the owners meetings in New Orleans, Lewis had a few things to say about his star/standoffish WR.

When asked about whether he expected Ochocinco to return to Cincinnati next season, he said: “Chad has a contract. The biggest thing about Chad - and obviously I’ve had a lot of time invested in Chad Johnson - he’s at a point in his life and career (where) hopefully he will continue to mature as a person and be a productive football player and person as he goes forward. To me looking at Chad, where is his life going to be in five years? As far as a football player he’s under contract and we’ll continue to evaluate things as we move forward.”

Then, Lewis really let off a good one. Asked about Ochocinco’s tryout with the Kansas City MLS team, here’s what Lewis had to say.

“Yeah, like he could make a soccer team. ... What has he ever done that he's completed? What circle has he ever connected?” Lewis said.

Which prompted this response from Ochocinco on Twitter: “Marvin Lewis won't say anything bad about Carson Palmer, stays kissing his ass, but disses @ochocinco daily” and “RT @BlkSportsOnline: Carson Palmer has given a big F-U to Marvin Lewis, but Lewis steadily says how wonderful he is. Makes Lewis a #hypocrite.”

At this point, it doesn’t sound like Lewis really cares what the thin-skinned Ochocinco thinks about him.

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