Remember back to August 20, 2009. Kicker Shayne Graham, unbeknownst to Bengals fans, was battling a groin injury and the Bengals had a preseason game against the Patriots to play.
To close out the second quarter, the Bengals needed someone to step up and kick an extra point following a Chris Henry touchdown. Onto the field came Chad Johnson who perfectly kicked an extra point to give the Bengals a 7-3 lead. And when the second half began, it was Johnson who kicked the ball 61 yards to start the half on the opening kickoff. The Bengals didn't score again in the game, so Johnson wasn't needed in the kicking game again. But, Cincinnati won by one point, and even though it was the preseason, Johnson was the MVP.
The Bengals again have an issue at kicker, not with the health of their kicker, but with his ability to succeed. And, following the Bengals’ loss to the Bills on Sunday, a game in which kicker Mike Nugent missed two extra points, the former Bengals wide receiver Tweeted out a reminder that he’s available for hire.
I'm available & enjoy pressure situations... pic.twitter.com/BhdXCpnWw9— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) November 20, 2016
Now, the Bengals season is all but over. They are 3-6-1 and their playoff hopes are mostly dead, especially considering today’s injury to A.J. Green.
Wouldn’t it be fun to hire Johnson and have him be the Bengals’ kicker for the rest of the year? It might not be the smartest move, but, it would be a fun move!
Ok, the Bengals are not doing this, but, we can dream, right?
Johnson also sent out a Tweet following Green’s injury.
Prayers up to the @ajgreen_18— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) November 20, 2016
And on that note, maybe the Bengals can use him as a receiver, too. The team is now down to Tyler Boyd, Brandon LaFell, James Wright, Alex Erickson and Cody Core as their receiving unit. Tyler Eifert also catches passes, as does Giovani Bernard, but, Bernard was knocked up too in Sunday’s loss, and it could be significant. And, Eifert even seemed shaken up at times during the game and had to sit out for a few plays as well.
What do you think? How much fun would having Johnson as the Bengals kicker be for the rest of 2016? We could use some fun, couldn’t we?