Cincinnati Bengals: It's Time for a Divorce With Chad Ochocinco and the Bengals

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent INovember 9, 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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This season the Cincinnati Bengals have not lived up to lofty expectations. Last season, the Bengals won the AFC North and was primed for another run at AFC North title this season.

Things have not gone accordingly for the Bengals. The Bengals are 2-6, and things do not look bright from this point forward. Losing last night versus the Pittsburgh Steelers put the Bengals' season in reverse.

Wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has not played well this season, but at the same time he has not been in position to put up gaudy numbers compared to previous seasons. Chad Ochocinco is not the primary receiver in many passing plays.

Terrell Owens is having a great season, but you can't forget that he is the most targeted receiver in the NFL. Chad is still a great receiver, but a change of scenery may be good for him and the organization.

The Bengals go as Chad goes. Bengal fans may not admit it, but it is very true. No. 85 gives this team a swagger that cannot be matched by teams around the league. When he is producing on the field it rubs off on his teammates.

Since Chad is not having a Pro Bowl type season he is being placed with a lot of the blame. He is the easiest person to blame, because of his personality and off-the-field antics.

Chad has dropped a few passes here and there, but Carson Palmer is the not the same quarterback compared to years' past.

Chad Ochocino has been married to the Bengals for 10 years. In those 10 seasons, he has been the best player the Bengals had on the roster.

Carson Palmer gets praised for being a great quarterback and one of the reasons why Chad has been successful. People forget that Chad Ochocinco put up numbers with Jon Kitna at quarterback.

Chad has also revived a sports city with not too much to cheer about. Chad replaced Bob Huggins as the face of Cincinnati sports. As with Bob Huggins, Chad is on the same path of being shipped out of town. 

Ochocinco will never do enough to please everyone in the Queen City. His personality and demeanor never fit the blue collar attitude that Cincinnatians possess.

This offseason will be very interesting for the Bengals. With the organization falling in love with Terrell Owens, I can see that No. 85 may be on his way out.

This may not be a bad thing for both parties. There are several teams that can use Ochocinco's services as a top-tier receiver. The Bengals can become a ground-and-pound team that relies on their strong running game and smash-mouth defense.

The Bengals need to change their style of play to protect their shaky play at the quarterback position. Only time will tell with the Ochocinco and Cincinnati Bengals fiasco.