oldschooler Posted January 31, 2008 Report Share Posted January 31, 2008 “Grass definitely is greener” away from CincinnatiBy Tom Archdeacon | Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 10:53 PM SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — He’s heard from a lot of his former teammates.“Rudi Johnson, Reggie Kelly, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Chad Johnson, Levi Jones — they all said how great it was and how they wish they were here playing,” Kelley Washington said Wednesday as he sat at the Scottsdale resort where he and his New England Patriots teammates are preparing for Sunday’s Super Bowl XLII challenge from the New York Giants.Before this season, Washington was with the Cincinnati Bengals. In four years there, he caught 72 passes for nearly 900 yards and nine touchdowns. Then the Bengals let him go and New England signed him as an unrestricted free agent in March.With the Patriots, he’s not caught a pass this season, but he’s become a special teams stand-out who coach Bill Belichick praised again Wednesday at his press conference.“The grass definitely is greener on the other side,” said Washington, who admitted becoming ego-less here was both a necessity and worth it. The Patriots are 18-0 and favored to beat the Giants.“People talk about history and being the best team ever and that could be special,” he said. “But we don’t want the label of a team that went all through the season and came up one game short.”That, he said, is some of the difference between New England and Cincinnati:“Playing in Cincinnati, we were just happy to win games and happy to maybe make the playoffs. Here the thinking is totally different. Here they think Super Bowls — that’s where they expect to be every year.”Although he has some good friends in Cincinnati — especially Houshmandzadeh, who he called “a class act” — he said the whole atmosphere is different in New England:“It’s so much different here. It’s all about team chemistry. There’s no me and I. It’s all about winning. It’s not about players who are out there who are selfish. The mentality is totally different.”He said he wasn’t surprised by Cincinnati’s downward spiral this season:“It’s bound to happen when there’s so much going on off the field. When you don’t have total control of the organization and players, it’s bound to happen. That totally takes away the focus for football and doing your job.“The Bengals have some great players. Some of the best skill players in the league, but all the off-the-field issues overpower all that.“I’m glad I’m part of something else now, but I still miss quite a few of those guys.”And with that he mentioned the best thing he’d heard from his old teammates as he headed to the Super Bowl.“T.J. and I talked last week and he told me he hoped we won. He said it would be something special that I could always say I was a part of. He wanted to see me get that.“That really touched me.”http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/o/conten...greener_aw.html Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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