HairOnFire Posted October 13, 2010 Report Share Posted October 13, 2010 Now that it's over...it's on.Ocho says bye to new ChadBy GEOFF HOBSONWe’ve heard it before and as he went into the bye week Wednesday Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco said it again. “When I do come back,” he said of next Monday, “I’m going to be the Chad of old.”The Ocho, star of screen, cereal, and satellite, made a shocking admission. He’s not playing with confidence and he points to his numbers. After a 159-yard game in the opener, he’s caught 157 yards in the last four games. He's on pace for just 1,012 yards, 35 fewer than last year's career low for a full 16 games. And he says a perfect example is the ball he dropped over the middle with 25 seconds left last Sunday that would have put the Bengals in the field-goal range of Mike Nugent instead of what turned out to be a game-winning interception for Tampa Bay.“Easy. Easy stuff like that,” The Ocho said. “I basically lost the game. Everybody would say, ‘Well, the game is within four quarters.’ But that’s a time when a superstar is supposed to make that play, and the field goal kicker comes on and kicks it and I miss it. That’s what I mean about the confidence. A confident Chad catches the ball 10 out of 10.”He’s gone laid-back, low-profile before for a variety of reasons down through the years. This time, he said, it was because he’s 32 and he wanted to do something different. Now he says he’s going back to putting out bulletin-board material for the DBs. Respectful trash talking, he calls it.“I haven’t been the Chad of old,” he said. “The Chad we’re all used to. The boisterous, sometimes little borderline cocky-arrogant. But that’s what everybody feeds off as a city and an organization.”A preview? The Ocho and wide receiver Terrell Owens were screaming at each other after some one-on-one basketball Wednesday. The Ocho was furious that he ran around while Owens stood beyond the three-point line and apparently still beat him, accusing him of “just wanting to play Horse.” The Ocho tried to get TV cameras to record a game, but the gym is restricted to media. All in good fun, it seemed, as he yelled out to Owens leaving the locker room, “Have a good bye week.”The Ocho isn’t talking about sending Pepto-Bismol to opposing secondaries (like he did in ’04), or donning an imitation Hall of Fame jacket to celebrate a touchdown (like he did in ’07), or demanding a new contract (like he did in ’08). He’s talking about something like another cornerbacks check list or some trash lite durong the weekly Wednesday media sessions he’s usually been silent.“I was just trying something new, you know? You know, you’re 32, you’re trying to be a little bit more mature and try a different approach,” he said. “That (bleep) doesn’t work. It’s not working. Honestly, I’m going out there flat. Every game I’m going out there flat. I’m unsure of myself when the ball is coming…“One step at a time,” he said of the celebrations. “The first thing I have to do is be true to who I am and go back to being what Chad has been the past few years and not try to be something that I’m not.”On that last drop, The Ocho said he was not thinking about yards after catch. In fact, with so little time left he was thinking the exact opposite.“It was catch it and get down,” he said. “I’m coming back revamped. I’ve tried something new and it’s not working. It’s not working, it’s not working at all. Honestly. Honestly. If you haven’t been able to figure it out, that I’m able to play my style of play by being boisterous, by talking, by giving other teams bulletin board material and in my mind I know I have no choice but to go out and perform at a high level. I feed off of that.”The Ocho agrees that the bye came at the right time after two straight losses to teams they were supposed to beat. He says the New/Old Ocho will take care of that.“The panic button is going to get hit. You go into a hole at 2-4 and that’s tough,” The Ocho said. “Especially with the schedule we have, that’s tough. We’ve got Atlanta, then we’ve got Miami and it doesn’t get no easier when you keep going down the schedule. You’ve got Indy, you’ve got Pittsburgh, oh my God, yeah. This is much needed, big time. Big time. So we’ll be fine, trust me. Trust me. Because once I start talking (bleep), it’s on.” Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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