Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
After hauling in just 15 receptions with the New England Patriots, many would say Chad Johnson had an off year, that he got lost in the playbook or that he simply wasn't a factor in New England's offense.
Chad has a different way of looking at it.
"Last year, I took a year off to give everybody else a chance to catch up," he said on the broadcast.
Our first interaction with Chad on the show has the receiver interrupting a coachs' meeting, sitting in for a couple of minutes before leaving. He tells the coaches his wife doesn't want to see him until after training camp.
Looks like the old Chad is back. He has said that he feels like he can breathe again in Miami, and that he feels like he can be himself.
"It's Chad Johnson, not Ochocinco," said offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. "So we're going to let him be Chad Johnson."
They didn't realize exactly what that entailed, though, until Ochojohnson dropped seven F-bombs in one colorful press conference. Philbin pulled Johnson aside and talked to him about portraying the right image of the Miami Dolphins organization.
Johnson tried to explain himself, but Philbin pointed out on the broadcast that if he doesn't fall in line, "It could absolutely [put him in jeopardy of losing his spot]. Absolutely."
Philbin added: "We all have an obligation, we all have a responsibility, he needs to either fall in line or not, it's pretty simple."