Volume 18 of what’s chapping the commish hits home with his Bengals. Past couple years Chad Ochocinco aka Chad Johnson has gotten a lot of flack about his game. Critics keep saying he is a prima donna, only cares about himself, doesn’t care about winning, and is a nuisance to the team. What is so wrong with someone actually caring about what he does and takes joy in his profession?
The Ocho has done nothing derogatory to his team; he doesn’t call out his teammates or throw them under the bus. Sure he had that episode prior to last season about wanting to be traded. But can you seriously blame him, here is a man who all he wants to do is make the playoffs and win a super bowl; and is just tired of losing. Although he probably should have handled the situation last year a little differently, he is passionate about football. And go ahead say oh he should be used to it being on the Bengals. Ocho calling out players, or planning celebrations isn’t all about himself (doesn’t mean most of it isn’t about himself), he wants to compete against the best and prove that he is an elite player. Wouldn’t you want your players wanting to celebrate in the end zone? Doesn’t that mean they want to score and give their team a chance to win? Or would you rather them celebrate after a catch or first down. Don’t go grouping Ocho in the same group as a TO, a Moss, a Brandon Marshall, or any of the other receivers who cause riffs in teams or off field problems. Chad just likes to have fun while he plays, and to say he doesn’t care about his team or winning. Look at these stats the past 8 seasons, and try to tell me he doesn’t care about winning or his team.
Top 6 Receivers in terms of yards & TD’s:
- Tory Holt* 10,210 yrds 62 TD’s (7 Pro Bowls, 2 x All-Pro)
- Terrell Owens* 9,364 yrds 96 TD’s (6 Pro Bowls, 4 x All-Pro)
- Chad Ochocinco* 9,085 yrds 54 TD’s (5 Pro Bowls, 3 x All-Pro)
- Randy Moss* 9,038 yrds 92 TD’s (6 Pro Bowls, 4 x All-Pro)
- Reggie Wayne* 8,328 yrds 54 TD’s (2 Pro Bowls. 1 x All-Pro)
- Hines Ward* 8,224 yrds 61 TD’s (4 Pro Bowls, 3 x All-Pro)
- Steve Smith* 7,500 yrds 45 TD’s (4 Pro Bowls, 2 x All-Pro)
*All stats are from 2003 to 2008 seasons