Re: Chad: I'm done celebrating TD's until the Bengals get back to .500
I think Chad Johnson polarizes a lot of people outside the organization to the degree that they automatically look to him when the Bengals have issues. I don't think Chad's the real problem. I've heard that he's actually a good team guy and works hard with the other guys. Sometimes he gets a little distracted, but not to the degree that people want to make it out to be. To paraphrase Bobcat Goldthwait, blaming Chad Johnson for the Bengals' woes is like blaming Ronald McDonald when you get a bad cheeseburger. He doesn't run the company. Now that he's gotten slapped upside the head in the press, he'll probably do what he always does and sit down with Carson to work on getting back on the same page.
I think the problem is that Marvin Lewis never really completed the job of weeding out the bad attitudes and I have a sneaking suspicion that some of the bad attitudes are ones who people actually believe to be the "right" kind of guys. For example, I've been skeptical of Big Willie since last year. Pro Bowl talent, but some of the things he says in the media just strike me as odd. There may be something to it when Corey Dillon called him out when he was leaving town. Rudi Johnson has raised red flags as well. TJ Houshmanzadeh is a hard worker, but he also has a mean streak that reminds me of Carl Pickens or Corey Dillon. If the team doesn't turn it around, I can see him becoming poisonous. Levi Jones, we've heard about. Justin Smith, I'm wondering about him too. Watch what these guys say and how they handle things in the next few weeks.
And if you want to see guys quit on plays, look no further than the defense. Seems like a lot of big plays have been given up because guys guess wrong and then give up on the play once they're out of position. The first and foremost problem with this team is that defense. They need to work on getting players on defense who will at least finish the play first. Then they need to work on them staying in position. It's like they've not progressed at all since Marvin took over.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.