Ocho check: Better late than…

Posted by hobsonschoice1 on February 1, 2012 – 11:23 am

INDIANAPOLIS  — Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco  arrived nearly 30 minutes late for his press availability Wednesday morning, but he still offered a pretty good 23 minutes as the Pats prepared for Sunday’s Super Bowl (6:30 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 5)  against the Giants

Here are a few highlights with more to come:

On his 10 seasons in Cincinnati and Bengals president Mike Brown, head coach Marvin Lewis, and former offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski:

“They gave me life. … Mike was good to me, the city was good to me, the media—we had our ups and downs—it made it fun. The fans were epic 10 straight years. Of course, I had my rifs, my raffs. I’m like any other human being.  I’m not perfect. There’s nothing bad I can actually say.”

On his future:

“I want to be back (in New England) … (I can play) 10 more years. I’m Brett Favre. Without the pictures.”

On making the Super Bowl while having the worst season of his career:

“It’s a blessing to be on the stage to get to the stage. So many players play this game for such a long time. The greats. The (Dan) Marinos. Barry Sanders. I don’t think he was ever able to break the stage. Just to be able to be here is a blessing …

“Being here is like watching porn. There’s nothing bad about it at all.”

If the Patriots win, will you feel a part of it?

“I’ll feel a part of it … I learned three, four, five years ago to stop fussing about things that are out of your control. That’s what I’ve done. That’s why I was quiet this year. When my number was called, I did my best.”

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15 Responses to “Ocho check: Better late than…”

  1. By mwindle1973 on Feb 1, 2012 | Reply

    I still can’t believe he’s not utilized more than he is. Good luck to Ocho in Super Bowl! Also in the article about Ocho by Hobson, I was reminded that we received a 5th & 6th round pick(2013) for trading him. So we end up with Taylor Mays, a 1st & 5th round pick in ’12, and a 2nd & 6th, minus a 7th in 2013, and a vastly improved locker room atmosphere and team attitude.

  2. By mwindle1973 on Feb 2, 2012 | Reply

    So it appears Fitzgerald won’t be returning. I think that position is more important to fill than the DB coach position. Zimmer is a secondary specialists, and I think you could afford to bring a guy like Woodson in and groom him. The LBs coach needs to be an experienced guy who can hit the ground running. I don’t know what the problems are with Fitzgerald. I will say that the LB play is much improved over the last few years. But at the same time the results never seem to live up to the physical talent on the roster. But also have we ever had a true SAM LB? Lawson did well, and has the body type for the job. But he lacks strength and at 240 gets sucked into the pile a lot. I don’t know if you put size on Rivers and move him over. Or look to free agency/draft to fill it. A new coach is fine, but we need to think about adding SAM LB to list of needs on D. Everyone says SS is the big need. But I think we could maybe fill that in house, with Mays or Miles, or stay with Crocker. But who on the roster can fill the opening at SAM we have right now?

  3. By whodey2010 on Feb 2, 2012 | Reply

    I’m happy for Chad, even if he hasn’t been a factor. The thing is, and we in Cincinnati know this even if nobody else does, that Chad plays his best ball when he’s running his mouth. He’s one one of those guys that walk the talk……But if he doesn’t have any talk to walk with? We see what happens. And to mwindle, I’m thinking maybe we should move Maualuga back over there and maybe draft a MLB in the 3rd or 4th round. I think that with the depth at other positions in this draft, and the number of veterans that will be out there, we could get a steal like we did with Geno. The way I see it, it will take a desperate team to draft and MLB in the 1st round, so I don’t see the #1 MLB going until the 2nd round. As far as who should be the coach, I couldn’t begin to tell you who we should go after. I like Woodson as the secondary coach, though. I would LOVE to see one of the GREATEST DB’s ever teach a physical freak like Taylor Mays the ins and outs, tricks and secrets, that he used in his brilliant career.

  4. By mwindle1973 on Feb 2, 2012 | Reply

    @whodey2010: I agree with you about Chad, I hope he can get in this game and make a difference. If not I still think he can start in this league for a team running the right style of offense. Also I had similar thoughts on your idea about moving Rey back to SAM. The top MLB is being mocked to the mid-late 1st round right now. I also would like to see us pick up Woodson, and I like you am hoping to see Taylor Mays as the starting SS this year if they can get him ready by then. The thing is all this specualtion about us taking a CB or G or WR, etc, in the 1st round is just a complete guess. It’s assumed that we won’t make a splash in free agency because we tend not to. But we tend to not have 25 expired contracts going into free agency. Some of those guys are going to get more money than we can give them. If things go right we could keep the restricted FAs and probably sign 8-10 of the remaining guys. Only at that point will we get an idea of what the true team needs are. As of now I think there is at least 1 opening at every position.

  5. By tepidfan31 on Feb 3, 2012 | Reply

    Simpson’s stupidity may or may not throw a wrench into the draft plans, dependent on how long he may be out either by KY officials and/or the Commish. If it’s more than 4 games, WR has to be addressed.. We can live with 4 games, but not many more. The next concern is RB; do we live with what we have for another year. It may be the OL, but neither one was anything but average. Unfortunately, if those two positions were set, we could have addressed ou real needs on the OL and in the defensive backfield with the first three or four picks. Thanks to the stupid Simpson, we have a few problems, given these, MB should loosen up the purse strings and fill one or two of those positions with quality FA’s.

  6. By mwindle1973 on Feb 4, 2012 | Reply

    @ Hobson: Didn’t know you were a college! Coughlin’s a great coach, I can’t believe they were talking about firing him last offseason. It’s always been my opinion aside from the obvious Belichick, who right now appears the cream of the crop, I’ve always thought that Dungy, Holmgren, Cowher, Coughlin, Lewis, Capers & Fisher were the best coaches out of the wave that came in as HCs from 1992-2012. They’ve stood the test of time. A couple are legends and may never coach again. Some still have something to prove and things to accomplish. I’m still confounded that Capers hasn’t gotten another shot yet! But for Coughlin, if they win, he will cement his legacy.

  7. By mwindle1973 on Feb 4, 2012 | Reply

    @tepidfan31: I think we should let Simpson walk, unless we can sign him cheap. But even then I’m not sure. I’m fine with the use of weed, but he should’ve waited 10 years and then toked up the rest of his days after he retired. But the real reason I think we should let him go…he gives pot smoker’s a bad name and feeds into the stereotype that they are “dopey”. 🙂 He can’t learn a playbook! It takes like 3 years for him to absorb it. Plus he seems more interested in perfecting his signature first down celebration, than his routes and catching. He’s a rare athelete, and he seems to be a good teammate. But we just need someone to be consistent. You are right, we are going to have to fill a couple of these holes in free agency. RB, LB & S are were you can get the best bang for your buck in free agency. And they are 3 of the cheapest positions to fill overall. We could probably fill them with premium players for about 12-14M.

  8. By mwindle1973 on Feb 4, 2012 | Reply

    Well the HOF picks were pretty good overall. It’s about time they got Dermonti Dawson in there. And Chris Doleman was overdue too. Curtis Martin definitely deserved it. Willie Roaf…great OT…definitely deserved it too. Jack Butler was a great pick if they insist on picking seniors in chronological order and are currently stuck in the ’50s. But Cortez Kennedy? What? How? Kevin Green doesn’t get in and he is 3rd all-time in sacks. Doleman is 4th and got in. But Cortez was just an elite DT. I really can’t believe he’s a HOFer now. He really benefited from having Sam Adams eat up 2 and 3 blockers every play for 9 years of his career. Adams has a little bit lesser stats than Kennedy. But he has 44 sacks to Kennedy’s 58 and Adams has the ring, and was his setup man for 10 years. They were both great players. But Adams may have been the better overall player over a career. But neither one belongs in the HOF. Kevin Green should be in there!

  9. By mwindle1973 on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    You know I can’t believe TIm Brown & Chris Carter aren’t in yet either. Isn’t part of the problem that we aren’t sending enough players in each year. The league has grown over the years, but the number of players elected each year doesn’t seemed to have increased. Another problem is the out of control pass stats of todays game. But to me stats shouldn’t be all the HOF is about. Those 2 were statistically dominate in their own era. We are in an era where 2nd WRs routinelly have 1000 yard seasons. Whereas through most of Carter and Browns career there may have been 5-10 guys, 15 tops, a year that crossed that #. Don’t get me wrong today’s game has great WRs, but I’m inclined to believe that most are having reality manipulated by stat growth caused by rule changes that favor passing. When the WR & QB start wearing flags i’m not watching anymore. Seriously though, they need to get about 4-5 Seniors in a year and get through the backlog. We may never see some of the overlooked stars of the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s get in. Guys like Anderson, Riley, Lemar Parrish, Ray Guy, Don Coryell, Jim Marshall, Chris Carter, Jerry Kramer, Alex Karras, Randy Gradishar, Ken Stabler, Ted Nesser, Al Nesser & Blanton Collier may never make it.

  10. By mwindle1973 on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    One more rant on the HOF selection process. Upping the induction # to 5-7 plus 2-5 seniors would solve part of the problem. But a remaining issue is who is voting in the first place. 45 total voters, the 32 beat writers for each team and 13 at large media members. It think they should add an additional 55 voters. All at large. Maybe add another 15 national media members. And then give the other 40 slots to NFL historians, distinguished media memeber, distinguished former football professionals who are not eligible for HOF induction, and others who have a more “acedemic” and historic context of understanding the NFL. This would give a greater variety of ages, opinions, philosphies, and skill sets towards deciding who gets the preliminary, semi-final & final selections.

  11. By Amarillo Slim on Feb 5, 2012 | Reply

    Being in the SB is “like watching porn”??? Yet another reason to be glad Chad is gone. As I much as I have admired his raw talent over the years I’ve come to resent Chad for his immaturity and selfishness. I do not respect him as a player. If he is fortunate enough to be in the game and make a play tonight I hope he will be un-Chad about it.

  12. By cincinnatikid2 on Feb 11, 2012 | Reply


  13. By cincinnatikid2 on Feb 11, 2012 | Reply

    OK HE DID GET CHARGED we will find out 2/20/12 that he is not guilty as charged.i want to se more great catchs,he’s waited a while to get to play.good luck J.R.

  14. By cincinnatikid2 on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Bengals should have Signed Rod Woodson To Coach DBs he’s Smart and one of the Gratest Players EVER

  15. By dointres on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Glad to see ochostinko go! been a lifelong bengal fan and took my then 3 yr old son to meet chad and have his book signed. very disappointing-unless you were a black man or a pretty white woman, he didn’t wnat anything to do with you. saw him refuse to shake an elementary child’s hand, yet was ok calling deion sanders on his phone to prove to a woman he knew him! what a disgusting and conceited human being-would have traded him for a used football!

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