We’ve heard it before and as he went into the bye week Wednesday, Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco said it again.
“When I do come back,” he said of next Monday, “I’m going to be the Chad of old.”
The Ocho, star of screen, cereal and satellite, made a shocking admission: He’s not playing with confidence and he points to his numbers. After a 159-yard game in the opener, he’s caught 157 yards in the last four games. He's on pace for just 1,012 yards, 35 fewer than last year's career low for a full 16 games. And he says a perfect example is the ball he dropped over the middle with 25 seconds left last Sunday that would have put the Bengals in the field-goal range of Mike Nugent instead of what turned out to be a game-winning interception for Tampa Bay.
“Easy. Easy stuff like that,” The Ocho said. “I basically lost the game. Everybody would say, ‘Well, the game is within four quarters.’ But that’s a time when a superstar is supposed to make that play, and the field-goal kicker comes on and kicks it and I miss it. That’s what I mean about the confidence. A confident Chad catches the ball 10 out of 10 (times).”