I'm going to make my points with compiling reports and quotes from people close to the situation. I'm then going to show you how I feel the media has spun this to their agenda of causing controversy. First up is the whole Marvin throws Chad under the bus before the Chargers game.
I've been following for quite sometime the assumption that Chad Ochocinco will be traded or cut. If you're in the crowd that can't wait for this to happen I say to you don't hold your breathe. If you're in the crowd that wants him here one more year I say to you go ahead and breath. I'm a believer in actions speak louder than words or as Marvin Lewis would say "I see better than I hear." All signs to me are pointing of a return.
Marvin Lewis says
"Well, he's being his mopey self. Hopefully, he can pull himself out of it and move forward ... When things don't go Chad's way, that's kinda how it happens."
How does Lewis deal with that?
"I don't deal with it," he said. "We just move on. We'll put a new guy in there. If he's not ready to go Sunday, we'll have somebody in there ready to go and go from there."
Now to me that's just a coach being a coach nothing to get all wound up about. From my point of view he has to do this with all players not just Chad so there is no cheap shot here. All the speculation is based on what Chad has said in retaliation. If we thought players were leaving the Cincinnati Bengals because of quotes from that said disgruntled player we be kidding ourselves. Mike Brown doesn't care what they say. He cares how they play.
They're all sorts of little jabs here and there that could make this fan post a mile long.
Marvin says in responding to Patriot rumors
"Belichick is smarter than that"
Marvin responding to Soccer
"What has he ever done that he's completed?
The list goes on and on and as these little jabs indicate frustration, in my opinion none of them indicate a parting. They are just that, jabs with no substance. A lot of which Marvin says with a smile in a jokingly manner, you have the media spinning and speculating things to grab a headline.
Greg Rosenthal of PFT after the soccer
We can’t wait to hear what Lewis says when Ochocinco is officially no longer on the team.
James Walker opines a spin on Chad, capitalizing on the Carson Palmer debacle
Both believe they will not play for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011 -- and they're probably correct.
Florio sounds off with this after Chad vents on Marvin on twitter
You get my point here the media has taken Chad's twitter rants or things he's passively aggressively said and somehow made a case in which the team shows indications of releasing him. When in fact actions speak louder than words. To me the most obvious action was picking up the option to begin with. (or denying there ever was one) That indicates they plan on keeping him. Then aside from all the verbal gymnastics we're used to seeing from Marvin Lewis this is the ONLY statement he's made regarding a return to Cincinnati for Chad. No cartwheels or jumping jacks straight to the point.
"Chad's under contract for the 2011 season. There is no option. No anything like that people keep speaking about. He's just flat under contract. He's a member of this football team and at some point he's going to address his ankle this offseason and move forward."
I've seen Chad twitter headlines and then two minutes later say things to the nature of his return. No one reporting the latter just the former. For shock value of course. The most recent case is Profootballtalk.com's coverage of what Mike Brown said regarding Chad's football focus.
Florio reports citing Joe Reedy (another spin artist in my opinion)
"He’s going to do the things he does," Brown said, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Next maybe he’ll be a snake wrangler and we’ll watch to see if he gets bit. He’s always up to some stunt. They amuse me in a way. They concern me because let’s face it we want a football player. We aren’t hiring a bull rider, a dancer, a soccer player. We want a football player. It’s simple. And that should be the focus, not on other things."
Brown also touched on the deeper issue — an apparently deep-seated desire by Chad to attract attention to himself. "I’ve never known any football player who can bring a spotlight on to himself seemingly all year around," Brown said. "Is that a good thing or a bad thing? And that gets to be a debate."
Okay while all that is fine and dandy I look at Bengals.com and Geoff Hobson has a quote that Florio conveniently left out of his reporting
Asked if he could still be a football player for him, Brown said, "If he chose to be, there's no question. The issue is does he at this stage of his life have that focus."
Sure he questions Chads focus but the other indication here is the team is still open to Chad returning. Why don't they report the whole the truth instead of taking things out of context to report spin? Purposely trying to imply Mike Brown ripped Chad so he's not returning. When he was asked that very question and responded with "If he chose to be, there's no question".
For me based on what Marvin and Mike Brown have said in regards to this issue, Chad will be back. Show me ONE quote on this specific issue from the Bengals brass that indicates differently. Along with there's the fact that there's a growing chance we have no training camp and slopped together rosters. I don't think a lot of cutting and trading will be done. I think the guys you have signed will stay signed and pickups will be made. And as Marvin Lewis said
"Chad's under contract for the 2011 season"
I'm not for or against him leaving or staying. I'm just saying that to me all indications are that he sticks around for another year not that the team is going to cut or trade him.