Cincinnati Bengals Bye Week Burden: Chad Ochocinco Vows To Focus On Trash Talk

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 26:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Some NFL players choose to brush up on their skills during a bye week.  Others choose to take the week off and relax a little. 

What does Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco plan to do? 

Easy, consult the urban dictionary, and bring back the trash talk we have so dearly missed.

To expose the whole truth behind Chad Ochocinco's latest theory and realm of thinking, the Bengals star wide receiver claims that he has been out of touch with the old Chad recently, and would like to reconnect with his inner self: in much more simpler terms.

"I haven't been the Chad of old, the Chad that we're all used to, the boisterous, sometimes borderline cocky, arrogant," Chad Ochocinco said. "But that's the way I am, and that's what everybody feeds off as a city and as an organization, and I haven't been that."

In Chad Ochocinco's 10th season in the NFL, he has struggled at times to provide for his team. 

As much emphasis as No. 85 places on the city of Cincinnati, Chad Ochocinco's 316 yards and 1 touchdown on the year has been mildly disappointing for a player of his caliber, and has proven to be one of the contributing reasons for the Bengals' current 2-3 record.

So why all of a sudden has Chad Ochocinco decided to check out his version of Webster's dictionary, and brush up on his trash-talking skills that have been so well noted in the past decade?

For once in Chad Ochocinco's storied career, a true challenge is now in front of him. 

No, I'm not talking about hoisting the Lombardi Trophy at year's end, I'm talking about Chad Ochocinco's opportunity to become the No. 1 leader of the Bengals franchise, since Carson Palmer has taken a dramatic plunge in 2010.

In Chad Ochocinco's most recent game in orange and black, the entire Bengals offense struggled to get off the mark. 

Exposed and downright embarrassed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the talents of Josh Freeman and rookie wide receiver Mike Williams, Cincinnati once again stalled against an opponent that most folks had picked the Bengals to topple back in September.

On the point of the past, perhaps the Bengals biggest problem is their own shadow.  Sure, Marvin Lewis has turned this team around immensely with draft picks and free agent acquisitions, but for the most part Cincinnati have failed to improve on their AFC Wildcard appearance a season ago, and now look worse than they did in 2009.

You don't have to look far to find examples of this.

When Terrell Owens was signed by Cincinnati in a last-ditch attempt to give the old timer a final resting home before an inevitable retirement, the promises of Terrell Owens in Week 5 were literally snatched from the prize wide receiver's hands against Tampa Bay, when one of Owens' catches was pickpocketed for an interception.

As for Example 2, Carson Palmer's six interceptions on the year paint the picture in black and white. 

Here was a quarterback that was expected to carry the Bengals in the AFC North this season, only to become one of the most questioned men in Ohio history since Roger Clemens, due to the Bengals inconsistent record.

Now the problem is simple.  The Bengals have the week off to prepare for the red-hot Atlanta Falcons in Week 7, only to have one of their most promising and prolific players come out and make a statement toward an irrelevant train of thought.

But maybe we are all being a little to hard on Chad Ochocinco.  After all, he has become famous for his way with words, and although he may resemble Tupac rather than Shakespeare, Chad Ochocinco's loud mouth has earned himself his highly-thought-of reputation.

Yet as optimistic as we can all be about this, trash talk isn't what the Bengals need.  Similar to the school yard days, did anybody like the kid who was bragging, even though he was the weakest player on the football team?  I don't think so.

Similar to the Bengals as a team, an example pops up that plays against Chad Ochocinco's recent theory.

Although it is a memory that some have chosen to forget, who can disregard Chad Ochocinco's stab at New York Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis during the 2009 playoffs, that ultimately cost the Bengals a loss, and a rather embarrassing Ochocinco performance?

It's obvious Chad Ochocinco has.

At the end of the day, the Bengals are quickly becoming a team in turmoil.  On Sunday Carson Palmer was booed for his dismal display, and a 2-3 record for a team that was expected to soar high after signing Terrell Owens isn't favoring Marvin Lewis either.

To give the Bengals some credit though, Terrell Owens has been great despite his unfortunate interception on the weekend. 

In terms of role play, T.O has managed to shoot a small ounce of confidence into the Bengals roster, even though it has been a small dose at that.

Bengals fans might like Chad Ochocinco's talkative ways, but nine times out of ten it gets him in more trouble than necessary. 

It seems no amount of persuasion can change Chad Ochocinco's theory, and it's likely that as we speak, he is at home putting pen to paper.

Stay tuned for some catchphrases this week; after all, they don't call him Batman for nothing.

Still, getting your popcorn ready for this show definitely isn't necessary.  Throwing a bye week away to focus on something irrelevant is one thing, but to do it when your team is struggling is another.

We've seen it all before, heard it all before, and have seen the exact same outcome repeat itself on numerous occasions.  You won't be missing much this time around.


Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters. Ryan is also a contributing writer for Detroit Lions Talk, Gack Sports and Generation Y Sports.  Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.