When he was in New England, the former Chad Ochocinco who’s now Chad Johnson again was a fraud. Really, he wasn’t either of those names. He was a quiet, humble man who had been humiliated by the harsh realities of age, and the Belichick dictatorship. He was stripped of his flare and style, and although he was still active on the Twitters and asked deeply philosophical question about the proper boiling time for used condoms, that’s where his Patriots personality ended.
We miss the days of his long, ranting locker room interviews, and his willingness to answer inane questions even after he had lost several brain cells. Kind of like this…
In Miami now that Ocho has been killed forever, we’re beginning to see that sly old circus clown surface again. I’ll let Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald re-introduce you to Chad Johnson:
After changing his name back from Ochocinco, Johnson told us Monday: “This season is going to be a monster year. I don’t care who’s playing quarterback. I’m going to have a great year. The first day I get to camp, everybody’s mouth can drop [the bleep] open. My game is at the point where it doesn’t matter who starts at quarterback. Oprah can play quarterback and we’ll be all right.”
That’s from a 34-year-old receiver who had just 15 receptions for 276 yards last year, and 53 of those yards came on one play. And those quarterbacks? David Garrard hasn’t played football beyond his backyard in a year, yet he enters training camp as the slight favorite to win the starting job. He’ll merely be a rusty, rocking bridge to Ryan Tannehill, the rookie whose wife is much hotter than his first-year outlook.
Oprah might be an upgrade.