I'm as... apprehensive about the dismissal of Tom Cable as most of us are, but it's a done deal. Good or bad, it's done and we're going to have to live with the consequences. As we look forward to a season that may not happen, it's hard to not think about the lack of a true #1 receiver. Chad Ochocinco is likely on his way out of Cincy. Does he fit the Raider mold? Yes... and no.
Points in Chad's favor
- He has swagger. Al Davis loves him some swagger. Brash and vocal, he'd have no problem assuming a leadership role.
- He has a chip on his shoulder. Al wrote the book on NFL reclamation projects, and Chad fits the bill of the typical vet who comes to Oakland to reclaim past glory.
- Last season aside, he's been relatively healthy. His injuries haven't been debilitating knee injuries like the last aging wideout that Uncle Al backed the Binks truck up to *cough*JavonWalker*cough*, and he could still have 2-3 more productive seasons left in the tank.
- He's desperate to win. I'm not saying all NFL players don't want to win, but there are clearly guys who take losing more personal than others do. This last season was a total drain on Chad, and it clearly affected his relationship with Marv Lewis and Carson Palmer. He knows he probably won't be able to win longterm in Cincy and needs a change of scenery.
Points that work against Chad
- Dude is nuts. Bat shit insane, even. His antics range from humorous to flat out destructive. A goofy cat can be a good thing to add to a locker room. It can also end up ruining chemistry.
- He's going to turn 33 next week. Again, the memory of Javon Walker is still fresh in the minds of us all. While Chad isn't half the physical risk that Walker is, there is still a strong chance that he'll get old overnight or just be a huge pain in the ass, Randy Moss-style. His best years, physically, are behind him.
- He MAY have quite on the Bengals down the stretch. I cannot stress the word MAY enough here. Marv Lewis isn't a team doctor, and he very well may have just been frustrated at having to have dealt with Chad's bullshit for so long, but when a coach publicly questions the validity of player's injury, well, that's a red flag. We've seen players quit on the team before here in The Nation, and it's never pretty.
My amateur conclusion: No thanks.
I love Ochocinco, and last year I would've been downright giddy to see him put on the Silver and Black. But at the end of the day I'm not convinced that the reward outweighs the risk. Best case, he'd be a solid aging star possession receiver who DHB, Chaz, Lou, Jacoby and the like could look up to, much like Jerry Rice when he crossed The Bay and became one of us. Worst case scenario, he'd be a pompous, injury prone jackass who DHB, Chaz, Lou, Jacoby and the like could look at with disgust, much like Randy Moss. A team that is already going to be enduring one painful transition doesn't need this type of potential distraction.
What are the thoughts of my brothers and sisters? Any other points for or against Chad? I'd love to see what some of the pro-Chad crowd thinks.