Tag:Chad Ochocinco
Posted on: March 1, 2011 6:23 pm

Palmer really, really wants out of Cincinnati

C. Palmer wants out of Cincinnati quite badly, it appears (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It sounds like Bengals QB Carson Palmer is adamant about not returning to Cincinnati to play football. As in really, really adamant.

According to my buddy, Dennis Janson of WCPO, Palmer told a confidant that “I will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again. … I have $80 million in the bank. I don't have to play football for money. I'll play it for the love of the game but that would have to be elsewhere. I'm prepared to live my life."

So, that sounds like he’s serious, and he makes a good point. He has tons and tons of money – in 2005, he signed a six-year extension worth about $118 million – and after starting at QB for the Bengals for seven seasons, he’s probably determined that he just doesn’t need the aggravation anymore.

That’s not to say he wants to retire if he can play for another team. For a squad like the Cardinals – who brought us the trio of Derek Anderson, John Skelton and Max Hall last season – Palmer could be a useful player.

Normally, owner Mike Brown has a habit of saying, “Screw you,” (but in a nicer way) to players who demand things, like trades, to him. Chad Ochocinco knows what I’m talking about. But apparently, the Bengals think Palmer is serious.

And they’ll most likely want to get some kind of return on their investment, so they might very well listen to trade offers for Palmer.

By the way, I assume if Palmer is playing for another team that has to play a road game in Cincinnati, he will actually show up at Paul Brown Stadium on gameday. But, if he can get that written into a new contract, maybe not.

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Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:11 pm

Revis: 'I want Chad to come here and play for us'

Posted by Will Brinson

The New York Jets have a pile of people leaving via free agency after this season and a few of them are wide recivers (Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes and Brad Smith).

Even if they don't bring those guys back, there might be another option: Chad Ochocinco.

Well, at least if Darrelle Revis has his way -- according to Metro in New York, the wide receiver's been lobbying Ochocinco to join him in the Big Apple. 

"I want Chad to come here and play for us, to be a Jet," Revis said. "I've been in his ear a lot about it this week ... I think he could do well here. I've been telling him to come here."

Ochocinco would actually work out alright with the Jets, because he's a talented wideout (even if he's lost some of his speed) who can still produce and he'd fit especially nicely on the other side of the field from Santonio Holmes.

But there's the small matter of everyone putting up with him. Ocho is a notorious publicity-hound and there's nowhere with a stronger media spotlight in New York.

Though that might seem like a perfect union, the city and the player aren't the only ones who have to put up with the experience. The New York fans would have to be on board (not a problem until he fails to produce) and then there's the collateral damage that is every single other person unable to tune out the noise coming out of the potential new partnership.

Still, the Jets have't shied away from acquiring players of Ochocinco's ilk, so while we can hope it doesn't happen, there's really no reason to rule out the possibility.

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 3:35 pm

Goodell makes his points

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

DALLAS – Expectations were not high that there would be any kind of new news emerging from commissioner Roger Goodell’s press conference today.

The questions were on point – a high number of labor negotiation questions (including one from Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco), a few regarding player safety and a couple about a potential new team in Los Angeles – but Goodell was masterful in his responses.

Basically, he didn’t say much of anything, minus the same talking points we continue to hear, especially regarding the upcoming lockout (which he refused to call a “lockout”) and other CBA negotiations.

He hammered NFLPA president Kevin Mawae’s previous quote about how the 2006 CBA signing was a great deal for the players, and whenever anybody asked about potential declining revenues for the players based off the last labor agreement, he went back to Mawae’s statement to make his point.

Goodell continued his line that the next few weeks were a window of opportunity. March 3, the final day of the current CBA, also is important, because once that day passes, Goodell said it’s going to be tougher to make a deal.

Other highlights from the presser:

- Despite a recent Associated Press poll that a majority of fans did not want an 18-game schedule, the owners still are adamant about dropping two preseason games in exchange for two regular-season games.

Goodell said he’s talked to numerous fans who feel that preseason games fall below the NFL standards, and since switching out preseason games for regular-season games keeps in place the 20-game schedule, that's the owners goal.

- He described the call of the NFLPA for the owners to open their financial books as a negotiating ploy. He and the owners have said all along that the union has all the relevant financial information it needs in order for the two sides to negotiate a new deal.

- A San Diego reporter asked Goodell about the eventuality of the Chargers moving to L.A. Goodell responded that the NFL wanted to keep all of its teams where they are. But he also said getting a naming rights deal to a potential new stadium in L.A. was a good first step for football returning to that city.

 - Also, in an interview on NFL Network after his presser, Goodell said the owners and union have agreed to two days of negotiating next week.

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 8:44 am
Edited on: February 3, 2011 9:19 am

Chad is not reclaiming the Johnson

Posted by Andy Benoit
C. Ochocinco
You heard that Chad Ochocinco was changing his name back to Chad Johnson, right? Well, scratch that.

Chad has not filed the paperwork, and he recently said to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer , “Did I say that? There’s enough Johnson’s in this world. There’s only one Ocho.”

Thus, all this talk about a name change (or a name unchange – whatever you call readopting your original name) was for nothing.

Is it possible that “Chad Whoever” floated the Johnson idea simply for attention? That doesn’t sound like him…

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:46 am

Carson Palmer's unhappiness a 'one-way street'?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Carson Palmer dissatisfaction issue in Cincinnati is an odd one -- the Bengals won't trade their "franchise" quarterback, even though he wasn't very good in 2010. And Palmer, even though the Bengals inexplicably love him, wants out.

Dan Pompei of the National Football Post has some interesting info in his Sunday Blitz though, especially the fact that he hears the apathy in Cincy is a "one-way street." (Running east from Palmer to Brown.)

Reportedly, the team is "taking Palmer off the hook" for his shoddy performance last year and pinning his lack of success on the people that surrounded the quarterback offensively. Pompei writes that the team will "try to rectify the situation by making sure the locker room understands Palmer is the only leader."

Now, without pointing fingers, um, "Terrell Owens." It's also possible that the Bengals could dump Chad Ochocinco, although it might be difficult to put him in the "best situation" with just youngsters Jordan Shipley and Jermaine Gresham serving as receiving options.

Bottom line is this: the Bengals truly believe that Palmer hasn't lost a step performance-wise (arm strength, etc.) and is capable of returning to Pro Bowl form in 2011.

Well, either that or they're doing a hell of a job trying to prop him up as a desirable trade asset for someone like the Vikings or Redskins once the labor situation is sorted out.

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 6:47 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 6:48 pm

Lewis says Belichick is smarter than to take Chad

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Chad Ochocinco is tremendously sensitive to criticism, especially if it’s by Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. You’ll recall that, a few weeks ago, Lewis called Ochocinco “mopey,” and Ochocinco is still smarting from that comment, saying Lewis cliched him (ie. threw him under the bus).

Well, Ochocinco won’t like the conversation Lewis had with the Boston Herald’s Ian Rappoport today at Senior Bowl practice.

A portion of it:

Herald: (Ochocinco) did send me a message recently about possibly playing with the Patriots. That surprised me…

Lewis: “Belichick’s smarter than that.” (Laughs)

Herald: Well, they did take Randy Moss in ‘07…

Lewis: “Yeah, and what did he do this year?”


In response, Ochocinco added this hash tag to his retweet: “##AssWhoopnTime.”

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Posted on: January 21, 2011 10:24 pm

Speculation about Ochocinco to the Raiders

Posted by Andy Benoit

Could Chad Ochocinco become a Raider? Seems fitting, doesn’t it? Al Davis has never had any problem signing brash individuals, and he’s fond of bringing in big-name wideouts (Rocket Ismail, Randy Moss, Javon Walker).

Many believe that the Bengals doC. Ochocinco (US Presswire) not want to pay $6 million to keep the 33-year-old Ochocinco around in 2011. Statistics suggest that he’s in decline. Chad Johnson once posted five straight 1,200-plus-yard seasons. But Chad Ochocinco has averaged just 806 yards per season over three years.

Numbers aside, the bottom line is the Bengals have not won anything with Ochocinco (besides two AFC North titles, both of which were overshadowed by the team’s ensuing first-round playoff exit) and his diva act is wearing on some coaches and teammates.
So why have the Raiders been floated as a possible suitor? Because of new head coach Hue Jackson. He was Ochocinco’s receivers coach from 2004-06.

Jerry McDonald of the Contra Costa Times did some sleuthing and uncovered these tweets that Ochocinco sent earlier this month (granted, probably not the most challenging detective work for Jerry, but we like the guy’s work overall, so we’ll give him a free tip of the cap here). The tweets read:

“I would not care where Hue Jackson got a job. I would go play for him, run through a wall, jump in front of a bus, etc. u get the point.”

“Man that was the greatest coach I ever had. Hue Jackson would choke me out, cuss me out, just to make sure I was precise on everything.

“It would be refreshing to be with Hue Jackson again. I know I wouldn’t have to worry about being thrown under a bus again.”

The “under a bus” is a reference to head coach Marvin Lewis, who surprisingly opted to return to Cincy in 2011.

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Posted on: January 20, 2011 10:06 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 11:30 pm

What will become of the Bengals offense?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATE (11:28 p.m.):
Well, maybe Bratkowski isn't as safe as Lewis led us to believe. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, Marvin Lewis and former Vikings coach Brad Childress were spotted having dinner together tonight.

An interesting twist, eh?


We mentioned it earlier in Hot Routes, but I wanted to bring up once again the assumption that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis will NOT terminate offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski – who’s been in the position for more than a decade, longer than Lewis has been head coach.

C. Benson might not return to Cincinnati next season if offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski is back. (Quick aside about Bratkowski: aside from game day and from events that demand you cover your legs, you never see the guy in pants. He ALWAYS wears shorts. Twenty degrees outside at practice? Bratkowski wears shorts. Figure skating at Fountain Square in the snow? Bratkowski wears shorts. An expedition to the North Pole? Shorts.)

The Bengals fans seem fed up with Bratkowski, who put together some wonderful offenses in the middle of this decade (Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Rudi Johnson, etc.) but lately has not had the winning formula. That’s with the exception of last season when Cincinnati became a run-based offense that, perhaps not coincidentally, won the AFC North.

And this season was brutal. Palmer has completely regressed. Benson was overlooked at times. Ochocinco had the worst season of his career. So, why does it appear that Lewis will keep Bratkowski when it seems like the offensive coordinator’s tenure has grown rather stale?

Um, it’s kind of hard to tell. Read this quote and see if you can figure it out.

“(Fans) are clamoring for heads and I understand that. Right now at this point I’m not ready to give them heads yet and we’ll see what happens,” Lewis said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I understand the frustration. If we lop some heads maybe we’ll get better but maybe we wouldn’t but that’s what I’m looking at. Minimal might make things better and more productive. Making major changes rather than an overhaul of the system. A new system is harder than an overhaul and looking how we do it.”

Maybe part of the reason Lewis won’t fire Bratkowski is because owner Mike Brown won’t allow it. Other than that, it’s hard to figure why Lewis would keep his OC (Bratkowski being a nice guy and an extremely quotable coach probably don’t count as reasons).

ESPECIALLY, when you consider that RB Cedric Benson might not want to re-sign with the team if Bratkowski stays (Benson was irked that the team shifted away from that successful run-heavy offense and became more of a passing attack this season).

Said Lewis: “Ced’s passion and energy will make us a great football team again and I don’t want to curtail that and you have to take the bad with the good. I opened up the season talking that it was going to be difficult for Ced with all the attention going to the receivers and that he was going to have to hang through this.”

But one reason Benson might reconsider. Lewis plans to use fullbacks more often this season – Chris Pressley and Fui Vakapuna likely will compete for the starting spot that Jeremi Johnson used to hold.

And what about Chad Ochocinco? Well, if Lewis keeps firing so-called shots at his temperamental WR like this – “No one was talking about him. He couldn’t stand that,” Lewis said regarding some of Ochocinco’s latest Twitter offerings. “You want them to talk about you,
go win football games.” – he shouldn’t expect Ochocinco to want to return.

Of course, maybe that would be best for all anyway.

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