Bengals owner Mike Brown hasn't always endeared himself with the team's fanbase on issues ranging from a head coaching hire in Dave Shula that eventually resulted in Boomer Esiason's departure. The disastrous seasons from 1991-2002 is fresh, gnawing in the back of our minds that if it could happen once, it could happen again. Refusing to deal Chad Ochocinco several years ago that could have resulted in a first round pick and, at the very least, a conditional third round selection.
The refusal to trade Carson Palmer now, even though the team drafted what is believed to be their future starting quarterback. Though Brown really can't do much on the Palmer front, save for typical comments with little impact while simultaneously trying to max out your return possibilities in a trade. Not that we're suggesting it, but we suppose anything is possible.
But Mike Brown actually commenting on Ochocinco's extracurricular activities? Finally.
"We aren't looking for a bull rider or a dancer, or a soccer player. We want a football player. It's simple. That's where we want the focus. Not on other things."
Chad responded by suggesting that if Brown doesn't like it, trade or cut him. This isn't the first time that Chad has dealt with a public feuding between he and someone with the Bengals. Head Coach Marvin Lewis has routinely ripped into the wide receiver virtually every time Chad's name has been brought up with a member of the press.
Now that Brown on commented on Chad's activities during the offseason, it makes a powerful tag team combination. Well, relatively powerful; not comparatively to the NFL. Is there any belief that Chad could actually be with the Bengals in 2011?
We applaud Brown for his stance on Chad and have only one response. What took you so long?