It is strange then that though Chad Johnson has remained remarkably consistent the perception of Chad Johnson has changed dramatically throughout the city of
When did this perception change? It’s easy to point to an article written by Paul Daugherty that appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer on October 21st of 2007. In the article title “Is Chad Worth the Trouble?” Paul compares Johnson to a scorpion. He offers this parable to his readers:
A scorpion asks a turtle for a ride across a lake. The turtle laughs and tells the scorpion he's crazy. "If I give you a ride, you'll sting me,'' he says. The scorpion replies, "Why would I do that? If I sting you in the middle of the lake, we'll both die.''
The turtle agrees to give the scorpion a lift. Halfway across the lake, the scorpion stings the turtle. As both are drowning, the turtle asks the scorpion why he stung him. "It's what I do,'' the scorpion said. (Paul Daugherty, “Is
After the parable Paul equated
Had Bengals Fans’ perception of
Sunday November 9, 2003: The Bengals had been losing for years. In fact they had not had a winning season since 1990. The 12 prior seasons had included 2 years where the Bengals only won 4 games, 4 years the Bengals only won 3 games, and had reached its low the previous season when the Bengals only managed 2 wins. Yet it was this day after a win against the Houston Texans when the Bengals improved to 4-5, just one game below .500 where Chad Johnson put both himself and his team in the national spotlight.
Sunday November 16, 2003: The Bengals make good on Chad Johnson’s promise.
Sunday December 14, 2003: The Bengals emerged victorious against the San Francisco Forty-Niners. The win was their 7th of their last 9 games and moved them to 8-6. The playoffs loomed as possibility for Bengals. Throughout the season Chad Johnson had been fined for wearing different color shoes and other flamboyant acts which have often defined his character. After a touchdown
Chad Johnson made his first pro-bowl in 2003. He led the AFC with 1355 yards receiving and average 15.1 yards per catch. He also found the end zone 10 times.
I won’t go into this season in as much detail. The Bengals started off slow due to adjusting to a new quarterback, but finished strong.
“Who covered 85 in 05?”
Though the Bengals would clinch the division on December 18 in
The Bengals won the AFC North. Chad Johnson led the AFC in receiving for the third straight season this time getting 1432 yards and 9 touchdowns. He was selected to his third straight pro-bowl. In three seasons the Bengals had gone from 2-14 to division champs.
Sunday January 8, 2006: Could this have been the day where perception of Chad Johnson really started to change? There was no drastic overnight shift. Bengals fans still loved Chad Johnson throughout the next season. Still halftime of the Bengals vs. Steelers playoff game has been relived over and over again. The Bengals had gone into
On the first series disaster struck. Carson Palmer dropped back to pass and through a beautiful spiral to a sprinting Chris Henry. The ball landed in Chris Henry’s hands for a huge gain. Paul Brown stadium erupted, only to be silenced seconds later as number 9 lay on the ground in obvious pain. Kneemo will have a special and unpleasant hell awaiting him where he will join the likes of Lenny Brown, Kevin Frey, Nancy Zimpher, Jarrod West, Steve Bartman, and whoever that
The Bengals 2006 season was marked by the loss of Odell Thurman and David Pollack. These two were expected to be staples of the Bengals linebacking corp. for years to come, neither has played in a Bengals game since week 2 of that season. The Bengals season was up and down. They started brilliantly out of the gate, struggled mid-season, but going into Indy they had righted the ship at 8-5 and were looking like a playoff team once again. Then came the terrible performance at Indy. That was followed by an awful game from
2007, a year of turmoil:
It would seem difficult to blame
In week two
In week three
Week four, another week that will forever define the Chad Johnson year of turmoil. The Bengals lost 34-13 to a Patriots team that stormed out of the gait destroying everyone. After an interception on an important drive before the half Carson Palmer and
In week six
What struck me most about that statement was that much the same as Carson I have never seen or heard
This did not sit well with me as a Bengals fan and a fan of Johnson. Clearly the article had a much more personal effect on Chad Johnson. The season before Paul Daugherty had released the book Chad: I Can’t Be Stopped. In this book Paul portrayed
I won’t go through the rest of the season week by week. The Bengals struggled for much of the rest of the year. They have struggled for a variety of reasons since the 2005 season. The defensive issues are the most widely publicized and easiest to recognize but I’ll list some of the glaring issues on offense.
1. The Bengals miss Rich Braham. Rich was a fantastic center. He called out protections and rarely got pushed inside. Ghiaciuc is simply not as good. He gets pushed backed in the middle allowing for too much pressure in
2. Their offensive tackles have been banged up. I would argue in 2005 Willie and Levi were the best set of tackles in the NFL. I was particularly impressed with the way Levi obliterated great pass rushers consistently that season. Anyone who watched the
3. Steinbach was a stud. Ask
4. Rudi has been banged up. The combination of Rudi being hobbled by injuries and a weaker offensive line has really hurt the running game. Without a strong running game the passing game has struggled with consistency.
5. The Bengals have lacked a true change of pace back. People continually underestimate how important Chris Perry was to the Bengals success in 2005. Without that change of pace guy who is actually a threat to take it to the house defenses have really had far less to worry about with the Bengals.
6. Chris Henry has killed us with his immaturity.
7. Tab Perry gave us great field position throughout 2005 with his kickoff returns. The Bengals have lacked that ability since his injuries.
I would not even think of including Chad Johnson on that list…he is not why the Bengals have been losing and will not be as long has he continues to work hard and produce, while not throwing teammates under the bus. People may get frustrated with him when we lose, but when we win they do not mind it at all. Chris Collinsworth said it perfectly in Paul Daugherty’s column “Is Chad Worth the Trouble” when he stated, "You have to be realistic about who
I firmly believe that if the Bengals step up and come to
This year Chad Johnson failed to lead the league in receiving through no fault of his own. He finished the season with a Bengals record 1440 yards as well as 8 touchdowns. TJ is already leading the way saying: “We have a pretty close team so I would think everybody supported him, but maybe he thinks some guys don't like him.
The Bengals would be crazy to trade