Chad JohnOchosonCinco….? Let’s just call him 85 for now.

Posted: January 27, 2011 in sports
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Chad ____ is changing his name again, reverting back to his original last name, Johnson.  But I’m not here to talk about that.  I’m here to talk about what a value he is to the NFL and any team he signs with.  Now, obviously I am in no way affiliated with the NFL or the Cincinnati Bengals organization, but from a football fanatic who generally knows what he’s talking about, here’s my take on the entertaining superstar bundle of talent that is 85.

First and foremost, WR ability is naturally the most relevant characteristic of a WR in the NFL (duh,) so naturally we must talk about this before his antics and personality.  Not much to argue for here, I think everyone agrees with me when I say he definitely possesses top tier talent and in the right system, can flourish into an explosive playmaker (more than he already is.)  Seven 1000 yard seasons, six Pro Bowl selections, two first-team All Pro years–his credentials speak for themselves.  But perhaps the most impressive aspect surrounding his skills as a wideout is that he’s put up these numbers on the Bengals, a team that has struggled for much of the 2000’s.  Imagine what he could have done, or could potentially do (we’ll get to this part later,) with a Brady or Manning or Brees.  We know how Randy Moss set records when he came to New England, we know how the Saints passing game dramatically improved with the addition of Drew Brees.  What if 85 played for a perennial playoff contender?  Maybe his 1000 yard seasons become 1400 yard seasons, maybe his 9 touchdown seasons become 12 touchdown seasons, maybe he earns a couple rings and locks himself into the Hall of Fame, year of 20??

I still remember watching this live on Monday Night Football.  85 Caught a deep over the shoulder ball early in the game against the Ravens.  Crystal clear in my mind.

So what if ______ happened?  What if he played for _____?  I honestly don’t know.  But what I do know is one stone cold fact:  85 has been and is still one of the marquee receivers in the NFL.  It’s no coincidence that the two years the Bengals played in the postseason, 85 had a few of his career’s best years.  But as good of a player as he is, we all know 85 brings more than just pure talent to the table.

To anyone who has a problem with his antics, shut your traps; 85’s comedy doesn’t land him in jail or dunk him in deep sh*t.  I mean the dude doesn’t even drink.  What Ochocinco says or does is purely driven by the best intentions, and after following him on Twitter for quite some time now, you realize he’s just a happy charismatic entertainer.

Sidenote: Follow ochocinco on Twitter.  Buy the Apple app Mad Chad.  You won’t be disappointed!

You have a problem with him putting on a Hall of Fame 20?? jacket?  Cover him better.  You have a problem with him putting the football with a pylon?  Cover him better.  You have a problem with him comically slipping money to a ref?  Child please, go to the store and buy yourself a sense of humor, because you obviously weren’t raised with one.

Scoring TDs, sinking putts.

You can’t tell me you wouldn’t laugh at this if you saw it live.

It’s not like 85 is (literally) shooting himself in the leg at nightclubs, getting caught drunk or with weed, making dogs fight, or murdering anyone; he is out there having fun and loosening up the tight NFL air.  As I’ve said before, I’m a huge sucker for fun on the field, and 85 epitomizes the proper way of balancing work, fun, and staying out of trouble.  I can name you 10 guys who have been in trouble with the law in recent years–I can’t tell you 85 is one of them.  He once said about former Green Bay cornerback Al Harris, “There are two things for Brother Harris this week. The bad thing is, he has to cover me. The good is he can save 15 percent by switching his auto insurance to Geico.”  Please point out to me how this line hinders a team.  That’s right.  You can’t.  It’s fun, good spirited, and hilarious.

Now while 85 can be a comedy genius, it is also said that he can also cause rifts in the locker room.  Y’all might think I’m crazy when I say this, but it’s not his fault.  Under a competent coaching staff, any player can be tamed (see Moss, Randy, 2007.)  So let’s all squash the myth right now that Ochocinco is some sort of devlish villain who tears up teams.  He is, invariably, a great benefit to the NFL.  Let’s take a look at some facts:

-85 is the best player on the Bengals

-The Bengals are the bottom feeders of the NFL (exceptions: 2005 and 2008)

That’s all we need right there.  If you are a superstar WR on a struggling franchise and you are not frustrated like 85 is, you either have down syndrome or you don’t care.  Well Ochocinco cares.  Ochocinco wants to win.  Ochocinco is frustrated.  You got a problem with a premier athlete wanting to win?

So what does the future hold for 85?  Marvin Lewis will remain the Bengals coach next season, and the owner of the organization already expressed holding on to Carson Palmer.  So unless Ochocinco leaves, I envision more of the same: putting up good numbers on an irrelevant football team instead of putting up exceptional numbers on a contending team.  Where would he go?  Rumors have been floating around saying he sees himself in New England, and as a crazed Patriots fan, I could actually see this working, and I absolutely love the idea.  Both sides complement the other: 85 needs a winning organization, the Patriots need a receiver that can catch a ball that’s thrown more than 10 yards.  It could be similar to a Randy Moss 2.0: an aging superstar talent on a struggling (struggling in our New England eyes.  If you live in a different city that envies the best team in the NFL, I’m sorry) team.  I think it could revitalize Ochocinco’s career as well as earn him a ring all while displaying his drive to win and staying out of negative media, because everyone knows when you win, it’s all fine and dandy, and guess what:  the Patriots only win.  Bill Belichick can make anything work.  Why not this?

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Comments
  1. Joe Leibson says:

    he is no longer a marquee wide receiver, last season he didn’t make top 20 in any of the categories for wide receivers in the NFL. I guess you could blame it on cincy’s lame ass qb, but the fact of the matter is he is no longer the star he used to be. Don’t get me wrong I like that the pats acquired him, but he will be a piece of work over the next month or two, I hope he turns out as well as you think he will, but I just don’t see him changing the pats game all too much. I’m curious as to what dances he’ll do in the end zone at foxboro, it should be fun to watch

    • andyju4392 says:

      I disagree. Much like Randy Moss in Oakland or Deion Branch in Seattle, Ochocinco is unrealized potential. And we all know what happened to their careers when they moved (or moved back to) NE. Considering how miserable the Cincy offense was last year, Ochocinco did pretty well. Sure his numbers weren’t up there, but his route running and possession ability are still tops in the league. That’s one of the upsides of Chad’s game; that his WR ability doesn’t revolve around speed, spectacular leaping catches, or quickness. it’s his route running and possession ability that has made him so great. That’s why you don’t see him on Sportscenter top 10, and why his highlight reel isn’t eye-popping. Yet he can still put up great numbers. His game sort of reflects the Patriots as a whole. Both don’t make plays that are going to be watched 20000 times on replay because they are a circus catch or a Peyton Manning strike into double coverage. But both systematically destroy you by superior gameplanning, and before you know it, you’re down 42-0.

      • andyju4392 says:

        And why this could actually turn out better than the Randy Moss trade:

        Moss’ receiving ability has one setting: run a fly route outside the numbers on the field. snap the ball and run straight. otherwise, he’s probably one of the worst route runners in the NFL. Think about 07 when he caught 23 touchdowns. How many of them were in the middle of the field? Almost all of them were along the sideline catch where he’s either circus catches or wide open and streaking because of 10′ legs and 4.3 speed. Other than the deep threat, he’s pretty much useless. And it was nice for 1 year, but then Cassel took over for a year, Brady had to still recover in 2009, and by the time last year rolled around Moss had lost a step and wasnt the same. speed goes with age.

        Ochocinco, on the other hand, can utilize the entire field and is one of the BEST route runners in the NFL. If every part of his WR game failed, he would still be open. And that doesn’t fade with age. You can’t lose the ability to mentally know where to go because of deteriorating physical ability. In fact, one might ever argue with more experience, he should progress as a route runner. That’s the best part of his game, and that’s the best fit for the Patriots system. The way Bill loves the spread the ball, this is perfect. Like i said before, spectacular play’s (with the exception of 07) is not the Patriot way. It’s all about systematic methodology. And now with Moss gone and Ocho in, that’s now one more guy a defense has to be worried about in the middle of the field. Which is a nightmare for coverage and matchups. I can’t wait to see what the Pats can do with ocho and branch as the end receivers, the gronkernandez tight ends, and welker in the slot. 5WR shotgun formations are gonna be killer. guaranteed open man every play. The way i see it, it wont even matter if the jets pick up nnamdi asomugha, because him and revis are just two people. theyre still going to have to worry about welker and 2 of the linebackers covering hernandez, who is pretty much a WR, and gronk.

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