Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.
Ochocinco is the merry prankster of the NFL and Terrell Owens was once known for doing things that could be construed as pranks. They're both not as good as they think they are so it's fitting that they are finally teammates. Ochocinco appeared on 106.7 the Fan in Washington D.C. to discuss the signing, his optimism for the Bengals offense and not how many ulcers Carson Palmer will develop this season.
On whether or not this move was made because of Antonio Bryant's injury:
"I haven't seen anybody since mini-camp so I'm not aware of injuries and I'm not aware of really what's going on with my other teammates."
On the expectations for the offense:
"We're gonna have a great offense. In a way I don't think people really understand the impact that Terrell will have on us as an offense. Having his presence out there. Since the game of football has been played has there ever been two receivers of this caliber on the field at the same time? There's always a number one, there's always a number two, and there's somewhat of a drop-off at number two, but I think its sorta evened out as far as level of play and level of consistency that we've had over the years and this is going to be really interesting to see what defenses are going to do to take not just us away, but then you have to deal with (Jordan) Shipley, you have to deal with (Jermaine) Gresham, the new tight end, you got Andre Caldwell, you still got Matt Jones, and we got the running game. What do you do? It's like a dream team in a sense and anything short of a Super Bowl will be very disappointing."
How T.O. will change the coverage that he sees:
"The whole point is I'm not sure how much film you guys actually watch for real, but I am doubled every game first, second, and third down. It's my offensive coordinator's job to move me around and put me in positions to elude the double team or what usually happens is I have to wait until the running game is successful or we hurt them with other receivers enough to where it loosens up a bit. Having TO on the field, having that presence, and that consistency, at some point it's going to change. I have no idea what the thought process of defensive coordinators are going to be now with someone like that on the other side so I'm excited to see what's going to happen. Forget just the passing game. The running game is going to be ridiculous because we're a run-first team now."
On working out with TO:
"We do that every year, every offseason. (Host Who's faster?) I'm the fastest in the league right now."