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  • Chad Ochocinco to New England: Perfect

    I cannot wait to watch this NFL season. If it is half as good as the last two days we are all going to have a ball. I am happy for Chad Ochocinco. I think he will do well in New England. He is a very difficult guy to handle running quick routes in man coverage. In his prime, I thought he was the quickest route runner in the league. He is clearly not what he once was, but in New England's spread style of offense, he will get a lot of single coverage on short quick routes and should have a big year. Chad Ochocinco still does not answer the Patriots need for a deep threat, but maybe we were all just spoiled watching Randy Moss with Brady. That deep threat combination was the best in the history of the league, and we may never see anything like it again.

    I am also happy for the Cincinnati Bengals. It was time for T.O. (I assume he is gone) and Chad to go. The locker room was split and dysfunctional. For all the criticism Mike Brown receives, he is doing exactly what I would do with this team, go young. The Bengals have been a side-show for too long. Carson Palmer has retired in part because of that side-show. I wonder if Carson would have been willing to stay if he had known that both Chad and T.O. would be gone? If Carson calls Mike Brown tomorrow and says I am ready to come back it would not totally stun me. If he misses a week of camp, I hope he stays retired. The Bengals need to develop a football team and quit selling tickets to the circus. They are on their way.

    Comments 38 Comments
    1. Chilly's Avatar
      Now Cris can draft T.O. and Ocho for his team and not have them on the same bye week!
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Chilly View Post
      Now Cris can draft T.O. and Ocho for his team and not have them on the same bye week!
      My loyalty card has disappeared. I am out for blood this year. But, that was funny.
    1. jwill5587's Avatar
      How big a blow is it to lose J. Joseph? He was probably their best player on defense.
    1. midgetman94's Avatar
      Cris I am wondering what you think about Malcom Floyd as a receiver. I thought he showed some brilliance for the Chargers as a deep threat before he got hurt last year. As a Pats fan I am ecstatic today but I'd love to see them bring in someone like Floyd that can stretch the field as I'm not sure Ochocinco can still do that at this point.
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      I love Malcolm Floyd, and would be ecstatic if the Bengals paired him with Green. I question how happy Ocho will be, and the dynamic between him (and his OCNN, Twitter, and celebrations) and "the patriot way. Should be interesting.
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      I can just see Belichick at Ocho's physical. "Ok Ocho, hand over the cell phone. Now the other one. Ok, now give me your extra back-up cellphone."
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      I also question how in the world Mike Brown is going to get to that cap minimum. I know there are a few big names left, but he seems to be in no hurry at all, and the names are going quickly.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by jwill5587 View Post
      How big a blow is it to lose J. Joseph? He was probably their best player on defense.
      I cannot understand the loss of Joseph. That defense had success in 2009 because they could take chances. They had good corners. Now, I don't know what the plan is. They will probably sign Nnamdi....(Ha, just a little Bengals humor).
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by vancemeek View Post
      I love Malcolm Floyd, and would be ecstatic if the Bengals paired him with Green. I question how happy Ocho will be, and the dynamic between him (and his OCNN, Twitter, and celebrations) and "the patriot way. Should be interesting.
      I think it is safe to say, this has been a very interesting day in New England. I believe Chad will fall in line. I really do. He has a chance to win a ring if he can follow orders. I think he will. Albert.....I'm not so sure.
    1. Cris Collinsworth's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by vancemeek View Post
      I also question how in the world Mike Brown is going to get to that cap minimum. I know there are a few big names left, but he seems to be in no hurry at all, and the names are going quickly.
      As crazy as that sounds, I think you raise an interesting point. Even if you wanted to pay existing members of your team, who on the Bengals deserves a big raise?
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Cris Collinsworth View Post
      As crazy as that sounds, I think you raise an interesting point. Even if you wanted to pay existing members of your team, who on the Bengals deserves a big raise?
      I would assume Leon Hall will be extended (praying), but other than that, you're right. Whitworth maybe, although I'm not sure what his contract status even is.
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      I'm really hoping there's a backup plan for CB, such as Cromartie (doubtful) or maybe Carlos Rogers.
    1. ir1337's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Cris Collinsworth View Post
      As crazy as that sounds, I think you raise an interesting point. Even if you wanted to pay existing members of your team, who on the Bengals deserves a big raise?
      This just in, mike brown and katie blackburn have just signed $18 million one year deals to play third and fourth string place kickers for the cincinnati bengals. Salary floor solved.
    1. Andy Freeland's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Cris Collinsworth View Post
      As crazy as that sounds, I think you raise an interesting point. Even if you wanted to pay existing members of your team, who on the Bengals deserves a big raise?
      I would assume they would sign their two young corners to big extensions. Oops, one of them is gone. Starting WRs? Franchise QB? Is it too early to sign A.J. Green to a $35M extension?
    1. Tony23's Avatar
      Now that the Patriots have landed Ochocinco, what are the odds that they try to lure back Moss on a veteran's minimum salary for a chance at a roster spot and some redemption? Or possibly even doing what Cincy did, but more successfully by trying out T.O.
      I'm quite curious about this because in the Patriots spread offensive system, players like Ochocinco and T.O. or Moss would flourish if they were together, even with their declining skills.
      As for the Haynesworth trade, is he going to have to restructure his 100 million dollar contract before joining the team?
    1. MachoMenos's Avatar
      Being a Bengal, you know Chad better than most. Do you think that he will be able to temper his personality enough to Belichick's liking? I mean, Bill benched Wes Welker for taking a few verbal potshots at Rex Ryan last year. I can easily Chad starting a press or Twitter war of words before the Pats meet the Jets this year that would make that press conference pale in comparison.
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      Yeah, a few shots at a coach is a world away from sending cases of Pepto to a team. LOL.
    1. Bengals1181's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Tony23 View Post
      Now that the Patriots have landed Ochocinco, what are the odds that they try to lure back Moss on a veteran's minimum salary for a chance at a roster spot and some redemption? Or possibly even doing what Cincy did, but more successfully by trying out T.O.
      I'm quite curious about this because in the Patriots spread offensive system, players like Ochocinco and T.O. or Moss would flourish if they were together, even with their declining skills.
      As for the Haynesworth trade, is he going to have to restructure his 100 million dollar contract before joining the team?
      actually TO and Chad together didn't work out too well.

      Chad didn't like being 2nd fiddle.

      Plus, TO and Chad both made a habit of changing their routes and doing their own thing. Didn't work out well at all.
    1. mkocs6's Avatar
      What you're missing on twitter:

      @Adam Schefter
      To get WR Chad Ochocinco from Cincinnati, New England surrendered a 5th-round pick in 2012 and a 6th-round pick in 2013.
      15 minutes ago Favorite Retweet Reply

      @Clem
      So, a carton of smokes @AdamSchefter To get WR Ochocinco from Cincy, NE surrendered a 5th-round pick in 2012 and a 6th-round pick in 2013.

      @Me
      Not even a carton. That's an agreement to bum them a smoke the next time they go out drinking.


      Be jealous. Very jealous.
    1. Pruitt's Avatar
      Is Bellichick trying to out-Raider the Raiders.

      You know, by signing malcontents who can actually play?