Posted on: July 9, 2010 5:21 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2010 5:55 pm
Never missing an opportunity to inject himself into the national spotlight – particularly with his reality show on VH1 premiering Sunday – Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco gave his opinion on LeBron James' move to the Miami Heat.
“It’s not the traditional way that players really go about delivering a message, but LeBron being the caliber of player that he is with everyone on pins and needles wanting to find out what would happen, I wouldn’t blame it on LeBron,” said Ochocinco, a Miami native, on the Dan Patrick radio show Friday. “I’d blame it on the media that allowed it to happen. If you weren’t going to like it, don’t watch it. LeBron did what was best for him and his career. I feel bad for the fans of Cleveland because he invested his time and his heart with him and did all he could to help them win a championship and I feel it’s the owner’s job to build the team around him to make that possible and it didn’t happen. He honored his contract and he went elsewhere.”
He also asked this question of the sports fans in Ohio: “Shouldn’t the people of Ohio not feel that bad that LeBron is gone when you still have me to watch every Sunday?”
Then, Ochocinco made a bold prediction.
“I just talked to Pat Riley,” Ochocinco said after predicting the Bengals would win the Super Bowl. “When I see the ends, I’ll be coming off the bench for the Heat. I can average 10 points per game. I might be the first player to get two rings in one year.”
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Posted on: June 22, 2010 11:50 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 12:03 am
CINCINNATI – The Bengals on Tuesday released WR Chris Davis, and though the team had signed him to a free agent deal in March, the transaction was not surprising. Not surprising in the least.
Cincinnati’s receiving room, after all, is awfully crowded and awfully loaded with talent. Some deserving players will not make the 53-man roster, and after the final offseason workout of the year, Bengals receivers coach Mike Sheppard glowed with the anticipation of who he’ll work with when the season begins.
“They’ve been challenged,” Sheppard said. “It’s always fun to see how a group responds to a challenge.”
Without Davis around, 10 receivers will vie for what should be six spots when the team breaks camp for the regular season – it’s not impossible the Bengals would take seven receivers, but it’s highly unlikely. Of those 10, four are most likely locks – Chad Ochocinco, free agent signee Antonio Bryant, third-round draft pick Jordan Shipley (perhaps the most impressive player during last week’s mini-camp) and Andre Caldwell – who Sheppard pointed out was faster than anybody else at the position and who was invaluable at times last season.
Jones: He’s tall, and he seems to have good hands. Plus, he’s a former college QB, so when you want to pull out a trick play or two, he’d be a good candidate. But his feet have been slow, and he’s been out of the NFL for a year. He’s been solid, but not spectacular.
Cosby: His biggest strength – at least, last year – is his punt returning ability, as evidenced by his 11.9 yard return average and the fact he led the league in return yards (he also led the league, it should be noted, in punts returned). He began to have an impact in the passing game late in the season, but his height (5-foot-9) doesn’t help. Plus, he’ll have competition at punt return with Adam Jones and Shipley on the squad.
Simpson: The second-round pick from 2008 has been a big disappointment for the Bengals – he’s been active for only eight of his 32 career games while making one measly catch for two yards. Simpson, knowing he’ll have a tough time making the squad this year, had a fantastic offseason, but there are still questions about how well he knows the playbook.
Briscoe: Until he missed much of the offseason with a groin injury, the coaching staff was really high on the sixth-round pick. His former receiver coach at Kansas called him the best receiver he’d ever mentored, and his leaping ability is tops on the Bengals squad. He’s got some ridiculous highlights from college, but he’s missed out by being absent for so many practices.
Purify: We don’t know much about Purify, because he’s only played five games in his two NFL seasons (he’s spent most of his time on the Bengals practice squad). But he’s a special teams stalwart, and last season, he provided the highlight of training camp by dominating SS Roy Williams – quite a hard hitter himself – in the Oklahoma drill.
Brown: If we don’t know much about Purify, we know even less about Brown, except that the local scribes enjoy calling him Downtown Freddie Brown. I’d be shocked if Brown made the roster.
So, my prediction for who makes the squad? Well, it’s tough to say before training camp, but the Facts & Rumors blog aims to please. I’m thinking Briscoe and Cosby will make it. I could see Simpson making a run at a spot, but he’d have to have an outstanding camp to have a shot. I don't think he'll play well enough to manage it.
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Posted on: June 15, 2010 5:55 pm
CINCINNATI – As expected, Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco made his offseason debut Tuesday, and though he declared he was in tremendous shape, he didn’t get in much work during the first two practices of mini-camp.
Though Andy took my money quote ( in case you missed it, here it is: “I just need everybody to trust in me like birth control. I’m going to be there for you 99.9 percent of the time.” As an aside to the original aside, Jets CB Darrelle Revis could tell you about the other 0.1 percent of the time) , Ochocinco talked about why his teammates should trust him.
The question comes because Ochocinco missed voluntary workouts yet again – this year, he spent his time on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and he’s currently filming a reality dating show for vh1.
“I could die and resurrect and handle my business,” Ochocinco told us after the morning practice. “In general, people need to trust when I’m not here. That should never, ever, ever, ever be a question. Ever. You already know how I am when I get here. You know what you’re getting. It’s the outside. My teammates know what time it is.
“I just want everybody to remember that nothing has changed. It seems there are always questions when I’m not here. But I’m still training and working out the same way. The same way I’ve done in the past years. I’m still hungry, and I have a love and passion for this game. Nothing’s changed.”
Except that he’s not in the same kind of shape he’d be in if he had attended OTAs with most of the rest of his teammates. That’s why he didn’t get much action in the practices today.
“We didn’t want to overdo it,” offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski said. “If he hasn’t been doing a lot of football stuff, you have to ease him back into it. You can tell he hasn’t done a lot of football. I think he’s in pretty good shape, but there’s a big difference in football where you’re running routes and sticking your foot in the ground and putting pressure on your joints. You can tell he hasn’t been doing a lot of route running.”
Once minicamp ends Thursday, Ochocinco said he’ll fly to Las Vegas and train in the boxing gym with Floyd Mayweather Jr. to further his preparation for the season.
“It’s the quickness, the hand-eye coordination,” Ochocinco said. “My feet aren’t going anywhere. The cardio that boxing gives me, especially working out with him, will shot me up there. I’ll come back in stupid shape.”
Maybe in good enough shape to run through an entire practice.
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Posted on: June 15, 2010 2:39 pm
Posted on: June 14, 2010 9:49 am
You might have noticed last week that CBSSports.com added a new blog, MLB Facts and Rumors. You might have wondered, "Man, I really wish CBSSports.com would add a couple of experienced, funny, well-read, handsome bloggers to write about the NFL comings and goings." If so, today is your lucky day, for today is the day we begin the NFL version of Facts and Rumors. Naturally, we're calling it NFL Facts and Rumors.
My name is Josh Katzowitz, formerly of the now-defunct Cincinnati Post. I've been a freelance writer for the past 2 1/2 years, contributing to the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Boston Globe and a variety of other newspapers, magazines and web sites. I was lucky enough to be a member of the initial Rapid Reports team last season, when CBSSports.com embedded a reporter with each NFL team. I was with the Bengals, so if you have any Chad Ochocinco questions (What does "Kiss the Baby" mean? Is he ever going to show up for offseason workouts? How often does his Twitter account actually make sense?), I might be able to answer them.
Coming on later today is Andy Benoit, but I'll leave it to him if he wants to introduce himself.
This, of course, will be your one-stop shot for NFL news, rumors and analysis, and since we know NFL fans are passionate and will inhale all NFL news - no matter how minute - we'll give you exactly what you want. Think of us as your tour guides on this NFL safari. We'll keep you safe from the Lions and snakes, and we'll give the commentary you so badly desire. We've also got pretty cool hats.
So, that's that. We're starting today, and we couldn't be more excited. Check back early and often.
Two promises: I promise that I won't again refer to myself on this blog as handsome (though that's not a promise I necessary will keep), and I promise I won't make another safari analogy.
This blog should be a good time. I'm looking forward to it.
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Posted on: June 14, 2010 9:36 am
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