A word to the wise, do NOT call OchoCinco 'mopey', you're not going to like him when he's 'mopey'!
OchoCinco's divorce with the Cincinnati Bengals has seemingly begun.
Marvin Lewis unknowingly got the ball rolling back in December when speaking to the San Diego News Tribune by calling injured Chad OchoCinco "his mopey self" and that "When things don't go Chad's way, that's kinda how it happens."
This did not sit well with The Ocho, who fired a rapid tweet back, "Did anyone get the license plate to the bus I was just threw under."
He went on to say, "Since when the [sic] am I ever mopey? I'm injured for the 1st time in 9 years and it's called being mopey, unless I'm dead then I get respect."
While this tiff caused a stir in the news media, not a lot of people took much stock in it actually being significant in terms of affecting Chad's 2011 plans, rather it just expressed frustration on both sides, something that comes with the territory of such a poor season.
Little did we know however, that what we perceived as typical OchoCinco, seems to have snowballed (in his mind at least), into something more significant. The tussle seems to have touched a nerve with OchoCinco and it has led to some serious Twirting (Twitter-Flirting apparently!) on the part of OchoCinco in the direction of the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders.
Upon Hearing the news that Hue Jackson had become Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders, 85 tweeted "Congratulations 2 Hue Jackson for becoming the Oakland Raiders new head coach. Best receiver coach I ever had.” Now that isn't particularly significant until you couple it with his next tweets...
“It would be refreshing to be with Hue Jackson again. I know I wouldn’t have to worry about being thrown under a bus again.”
“I would not care where Hue Jackson got a job. I would go play for him, run through a wall, jump in front of a bus, etc. u get the point.”
OchoCinco also sent a tweet in the direction of New England, telling the Boston Herald that "Pepe and Bill #EPIC".
When questioned about it Marvin Lewis had some especially fiery words for OchoCinco, “Nobody was talking about him. He didn’t stand that,” Lewis said regarding the tweet about the Patriots, per Bengals.com. “You want them to talk about you, win football games.”
Unless OchoCinco has undergone a miraculous change overnight, then we can expect him to react the way he always does, leading the gap between him and Cincinnati getting even larger.
The likelihood is that the Bengals won't let the Ocho go unless it's as part of a trade, and that won't be happening until the new CBA is agreed upon, so expect a lot more exchanges like these before we get anywhere near knowing OchoCinco's fate.
It seems to me that Marv couldn't have been more on the money with his comments. There is no way Bill Belichick would put up with OchoCino, if Wes Welker had to sit on the sidelines for a series of the Divisional game, then would OchoCinco ever even make it on the field???
If Chad goes to New England, Bill will want Chad Johnson, not Chad OchoCinco...
The unlikelihood of OchoCinco fitting into the Patriots, leads one to think that Oakland could be a better fit for him. He has a good rapport with Hue Jackson, and Oakland are in need of a solid receiver.
Jacoby Ford is looking good, but the combination of Darrius Heywood-Bey and Louis Murphy leaves something to be desired. Oakland scored a lot of points in 2010, but could OchoCinco add something?
I feel as if he could, but he will find himself doing a lot more work than he does in Cincinnati. If that's not enough for you, Hollywood is a lot closer to Oakland than it is to Cinci...
Let OchoCinco's Annual Offseason Campaign begin...!