While trying to go through our piles of reports that we could write about, hoping to actually say something remotely positive, it hit us. There really isn't much. So let's get to the next topic on our list. Chad Ochocinco vs. Marvin Lewis. Stop moaning, you.
During interviews during practices for the Senior Bowl, Boston Herald beat writer Ian Rapoport asked Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis about Chad Ochocinco going to the Patriots. Lewis responded, "Belichick's smarter than that."
Chad responded with a tweet to Adam Schefter saying:
This isn't the first time that Chad and Marvin have gone back-and-forth. On December 16, Chad tweeted that he was having his left foot examined because it was "totally jacked up." The next it was learned that the results showed he had bone spurs. He played that week against the Cleveland Browns, but missed the season's final two games against the San Diego Chargers and the Baltimore Ravens.
Before the Chargers game, one San Diego Reporter asked why Chad has been so quite that week.
"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."
Chad, of course, responded badly.
Since when the fuck 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
Earlier this month, after Marvin Lewis signed his two-year contract to remain with the Cincinnati Bengals, Chad Ochocinco appeared Sporting News Radio with 2 Live Stews. When asked if he could coexist with the head coach, Chad said:
“I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know. To say some of the things that have been said in the past, for some reason, when I was especially down. When you look for support, it’s always got to come from the one higher up. For the one higher up to say the things he said, it’s really hurt. I don’t see myself really feeling [that].”
When asked about Chad's tweet before leaving for the Senior Bowl, Lewis said:
"Nobody was talking about him. He didn't stand that," Lewis said. "You want them to talk about you, win football games."
One could argue, like we have before, that Chad's just being too sensitive to a playful Lewis. And of course, Chad enjoys himself a little Chad getting out in the public's mind.
But every time it's been Lewis antagonizing Chad Ochocinco and the wide receiver is responding to his head coach's instigation.
It's no wonder why Chad would rather play for Rex Ryan or Bill Belichick. And probably because they win more.
With the Bengals reaching their newest low (which we didn't think even existed), perhaps it would be in Lewis' best interest to appear professional for the sake of appearances, rather than continuously attacking Chad when the opportunity comes. Not that Chad doesn't deserve it, but this franchise needs to repair itself and more foolishness from their head coach doesn't help.
Now. Back to finding positive stories...