Even before his release, wide receiver Chad Johnson knew he was on a short leash.
"It's good to be home, and I don't have a choice but to succeed," said Johnson on Hard Knocks.
That obviously had something to do with his now-infamous press conference (video behind link NSFW) and the subsequent speaking-to from Coach Philbin. But as we all know now, things would not end well in Miami for Chad.
What we didn't know before the broadcast, though, was that Philbin may have had other reasons to cut the wide receiver formerly known as Ochocinco.
Philbin mentions some tweets from earlier in the offseason, as well as the press conference. Teammates and coaches brought up his inability to learn the Dolphins playbook (hey, Patriots fans, sound familiar?)—but there was one more thing.
"His temperament isn't great for us," said Philbin on the broadcast, "and it's the—when things are good, it's good, but when things aren't so good, he can be a tad, you know..."
Philbin never finishes that sentence, but he doesn't have to. He's already said all he has to. At this point, patience was already running very thin with Johnson. The recent developments, more or less, were an easy out for Philbin.
Side note: Huge shout-out to the HBO crew for giving this scene some real value, even though we all knew what was ultimately going to happen.