Chad Ochocinco: Why Teaming Up With Terrell Owens Will Ruin His Legacy

Bailey Brautigan@BBrautiganFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2010

Chad Ochocinco: Why Teaming Up With Terrell Owens Will Ruin His Legacy

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    Chad Ochocinco has been quite the character on the Cincinnati Bengals' offense since he joined the team back in 2001, and he says that he has found the "Batman" to his "Robin" in another veteran wide receiver Terrell Owens.

    We have all been entertained by the duo's antics on and off the field, from Twitter posts to the new T.Ocho Show, but is this really the best thing for Ochocinco's legacy as an NFL wide receiver?

    Or is it only a matter of time before this experiment blows up in the Bengals' (Ochocinco included) faces?

    Tonight, Cincinnati will host the Pittsburgh Steelers for this week's edition of Monday Night Football, and the Bengals will struggle to climb back to contention in the AFC North.

    Will the acquisition of T.O. prove to be the downfall of the Bengals and Chad Ochocinco's career?

    We think so.

    Here are 10 reasons why teaming up with Terrell Owens will ruin Chad Ochocinco's legacy.

10. The Bengals' Offense "Lacks Identity"

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    According to, Bengals running back Cedric Benson voiced his concerns about the Bengals' offense a few weeks ago on Sirius’ NFL Radio by saying, "I think everyone’s frustrated because it really ain’t that hard. It’s not difficult at all. It’s really easy,” Benson said. “It can be made difficult by just people trying to make it difficult. It’s all about execution. You can make anything happen if you execute and not override the system.

    “We should have an identity right now, we’ll work it out. Things are going to get straight after this weekend.”

    But they didn't.

    The Bengals have lost their four games, and they still don't seem to have this "identity" that they desperately need.

    Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens may have caught the nation's attention off the field, but the Bengals need more than a couple reality stars to salvage their season.

9. Less Focus On Football

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    The addition of T.O. to the Bengals squad may have looked good on paper.

    Terrell Owens is talented, and he still has some gas left in his tank.

    But he is turning into more of a distraction for Chad Ochocinco. Both of these receivers have had reality television shows, and they both plan flashy touchdown celebrations.

    Where is the football?

    Instead of trying to determine which publicity stunt will bring the duo the most attention, they should be focusing on practice.

8. T.O. Feeds Chad's Inner Diva

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    Chad Ochocinco doesn't need encouragement when it comes to his love affair with the media. He cultivates schemes to gain attention through his use of social media and television shows.

    Ochocinco needs a partner in crime who will keep him grounded.

    T.O. is exactly the opposite of stable.

7. T.O. Is Better

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    Statistically, Terrell Owens has proved to be the better option on the Bengals offense.

    So far this season, Owens has caught 45 receptions for 629 yards and five touchdowns, and Ochocinco has caught 39 receptions for 458 yards and two touchdowns.

    How can Ochocinco create a legacy when he isn't even the best receiver on his team?

6. Ochocinco Is "Robin"

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    Ever since this duo became a reality, they have called themselves "Batman and Robin."

    This may seem like a nice sign of teamwork, but something about Terrell Owens coming to Chad Ochocinco's team and becoming "Batman" seems a little off.

    Don't you think?

5. The Bengals Aren't Any Better With T.O.

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    The Cincinnati Bengals had a dominant presence in the AFC North last season, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns in every game.

    At this point last season, the Bengals were 6-2. Right now, they're 2-5.

    What has changed?

4. Ochocinco Slacks Off

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    Now that Terrell Owens has emerged as the No. 1 receiver for Cincinnati, it seems like Chad Ochocinco thinks he doesn't have to play as hard.

    He has become little more than a glorified T.O. cheerleader.

    He thinks he just has to show up, and the numbers will magically appear.

    Sorry, Chad. It doesn't work like that.

3. Terrell Owens Is a Team Cancer

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    It has become common knowledge that Terrell Owens doesn't exactly play well with others, and time will tell if he becomes as cancerous to the Bengals as he has with teams in the past.

2. Ochocinco Is Throwing Other Players Under the Bus

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    On the T.Ocho Show, Ochocinco had this to say about his lack of productivity:

    "What am I supposed to do? What am I supposed to do? I’m out there. I’m on the field. What do you want me to do? I’m on the field, I’m available, I’m wear number 85, I’m out there, I’M OUT THERE. I’m going to leave it at that. There’s nothing I can do but make myself available. Period."

    I'm not exactly sure that Carson Palmer is completely at fault in this situation.

    Has Ochocinco's "bromance" with T.O. clouded his vision?

    And will it alienate him from the rest of his teammates? 

1. A Feud Is Inevitable

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    This pairing might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but when two strong personalities get together, we have to assume that drama will follow.

    And looking at Owens' track record, it's only a matter of time before Batman and Robin start to resent each other.