Now how did that line go in that old movie? Oh yes, it's 'if you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, it's yours forever.' Ok, maybe that's a tad cheesy when you actually read it, but in the case of former Chad Johnson, then Chad Ochocinco, and now Chad Johnson again, it could very well apply to the feisty receiver's name. Or he could be Chad PeptoBismo by the end of the season, you just never know!
And that's the draw of Chad Johnson; his unpredictability. You just never know what Chad is going to come up with next and it's that part of the former Ochocinco that we didn't see in his time in New England, apparently for a reason, if he is to be believed.
"My personality was controlled last year.” Chad told the Miami Herald in a recent interview. “You didn't hear me at all last year. Zero. Zilch. When my mouth is running, it forces me to perform. It's never been vindictive. I never got anybody in trouble. … When I can be me, I am loose. Everything just flows for me, whether it's the style of play, the way I learn."
"I'm going back to my normal ways. My normal ways, when I was at my best, when I got fined, look at the production those years. Usually things don't go right when you try to change the way you do things. I'm back to normal."
With the talented receiver having landed in the turbulent waters of the Miami Dolphins, it's time to see if he still has what it takes to be a top receiver in this league. For Chad Johnson, being in Miami is exactly where he wants to be.
"One of the things I like about being here, that's so refreshing, and is such a weight off my back, is I can be me, whatever that entails.” Chad said. “When I can be me, I am loose. Everything just flows for me. Whether it's the style of play, the way I learn."
Considering the question mark that the Dolphins have at the primary position in the game, quarterback, such bold talk from one of the most outspoken players in the game may be seen as nothing more than what it is, just talk. But whatever controversies the team has at the signal caller position, Johnson is more than confident that whoever wins out, he can put up the stats, no matter who is tossing the ball.
"This season is going to be a monster year.” Predicted Chad. “I don't care who's playing quarterback. I'm going to have a great year. The first day I get to camp, everybody's mouth can drop [the bleep] open. My game is at the point where it doesn't matter who starts at quarterback. Oprah can play quarterback and we'll be all right."
While it's doubtful that Oprah is going to be chucking the rock for Miami (maybe Dr. Phil can step in, he has had recent involvements with outspoken wide receivers), it will be interesting to see if the bright lights of Miami combined with the cameras from HBO's Hard Knocks brings back a certain #85 that we used to see in Cincinnati.
Whatever the outcome statistically, you can bet that we will be hearing a lot from Chad verbally, and in potential antics, now that the Belichick leash has been removed.
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