Ochocinco: No more Mr. Nice Guy
Chad Ochocinco (AP/Ed Reinke)
Chad Ochocinco (AP/Ed Reinke)
NFL writer
Posted Oct 13, 2010
Michael R. Martinez

He's having a pretty good season, but Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco just hasn't felt himself. So after the bye week, he'll get back to his trash-talking self. Get ready, world.

Oh, good. It’s been far too quiet this season, but now Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco says he’s about to liven things up.

“I haven't been the Chad of old, the Chad that we're all used to -- the boisterous, sometimes borderline cocky, arrogant,” Ocho said after the Bengals’ final practice before the bye week. “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.

“I think when I do come back (after the bye), I'm going back to the Chad of old.”

It’s a good bet that Ochocinco is just bored. The Bengals are fourth in the AFC in passing and he’s tied for 12th in receptions with 26 and 13th in yards with 316. Of course, he ranks behind teammate Terrell Owens in both categories, so maybe he’s just craving a little attention.

“You know, (when) you're 32, you're trying to be a little bit more mature and try a different approach,” he said. “That doesn't work. It's not working. Honestly, I'm going out there flat. Every game I'm going out there flat. I'm unsure of myself when the ball is coming.

“I’m able to play my style by being boisterous, by talking, by giving other teams bulletin-board material, and in my mind, I know I have no choice but to go out and perform at a high level. I feed off that. You've been with me for 10 years and you know I've never been able to be quiet.”

We know, we know. Let the trash talking begin.

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