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CantStop85
06-20-2008, 10:25 AM
Less than a week after offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski called him, "rusty," wide receiver Chad Johnson has taken it with the heart that made him a five-time Pro Bowler and not the frustration of a trade demand that has now ceased with training camp about five weeks away.

And, no, he said Thursday. It wasn't about the money.

"But I could use a little extra for gas," he said.

Johnson says after a "wonderful," conversation with quarterback Carson Palmer at last week's minicamp, the two are prepared to fuel up like they connected before last season's balky 7-9 run.

"He looked at film and looked at the things we missed on from Week One to Week 16 and he said 1,800 (yards) was reachable if we're perfect," Johnson said. "Of course, Carson and I were off on plays we usually clicked. We left a lot of plays on the field. We talked about what he and I need to do starting in July. We have a lot of work to do."

Contacted by Bengals.com the day after he had arthroscopic surgery to remove "loose bodies," in his right ankle, Johnson said he plans to be ready to run the second week of July with fellow Bengals receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Antonio Chatman, Jerome Simpson, and Andre Caldwell at a Los Angeles passing camp run by Chad mentor Charles Collins in which Palmer is slated to be one of the throwers.

Johnson seems to be categorizing his priorities these days, moving from the textbook trade-me-or-retire-rant to the analytical playbook phase.

"Come on," he said. "Did you really think I wouldn't come?"

With his trade calls unheeded and his ankle gimpy, Johnson sounds like he's immersing himself in football again after a curious season he broke his own franchise record for receiving yards with 1,440 in a year he says he was "horrible."

He even likes the defense after questioning the organization's efforts to upgrade the unit in one of his rants.

"The defense is the reason I (had the surgery)," said Johnson after it knocked him around a little last weekend. "They were good from what I saw. I liked the aggressiveness. Keith Rivers is nice. It looked really good."

Johnson says he held off on getting surgery the club recommended after last season because he's afraid it will lead to a setback despite advice from his agents and the club's front office.

"I just didn't want to go messing with anything because, knock on wood, "I've been so healthy," said Johnson, who has played in 103 straight games since missing four with a broken shoulder as a rookie. "Everybody's been on me. Drew (Rosenhaus). Mike (Brown). Troy and Katie (Blackburn)."

But Johnson said he knew he had to get in gear after getting roughed up by cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph and Leon Hall on Saturday, the one minicamp workout he went full go.

"On one leg I should be able to beat anybody," Johnson said. "They were able to put hands on me, which I don't like. Usually I can do stuff to dodge and get away. Leon hit me in the throat and JJoe embarrassed me on a dig (route) knocking the ball down."

Unlike the offseason scope of his left ankle a few years ago, they took out bone spurs this time and while that offers some more pain, the recovery is expected to be close to the last one that put him on the field in two weeks.

"I'm good," he said of his mind frame. "But this is just scaring me right now."

One of the casualties of Johnson's cable television Trade Crusade looked to be his relationship with Palmer. After Palmer said he expected Johnson at all mandatory events, Johnson jumped him on ESPN.com and told him to mind his own business.

But Johnson knows he and Palmer are in the same business. Bengals Passing Inc. He said they spent one period of practice last weekend discussing the need to make their timing better than last season.

"We were missing last year on stuff we've been doing in our sleep," Johnson said. "My best route since I came into the league is the 16- to 20-yard dig route over the middle and we kept missing on it.

"I wasn't right. I wasn't technical enough. Nowhere near as sound as I have been. For what a (multi) Pro Bowl veteran should be," he said. "I was very inconsistent."

Johnson, who has worn his heart on his sleeve for all seven years and 103 games he has become the Bengals all-time leading receiver, continues to be in uniform. On Thursday he severely upbraided himself out loud for his overall play last year.

"I played very poorly. Coach Brat is probably the only person who can get in my face and tell me that. Or Carson," Johnson said.

"I look at it and say, 'Damn, I did this. I did that,'" Johnson said. "But that's not what he's looking for. He's not looking at the numbers. He's looking at the times I was inconsistent. Even if I do mess up, I should be able to make a play. But I couldn't with the screwups I was making."

No one has ever dissed Johnson's work ethic. He doesn't know the whys of the miscues, but he said, "All the time we work in practice...we're just going to have to do more."

"What we have to fix is so small, so minor," he said. "It's not the big things, it's the little things."

Johnson also talked about some big things Thursday:

Johnson reiterated, "I love you, Cincinnati," and said he realizes there are fans that have turned against him while recalling Kobe Bryant got booed in the first game of what turned out to be a NBA MVP season following his trade demands of last summer.

But Johnson said Thursday that he hopes his fans here understand the trade tirades had nothing to do with his feelings for them and it was venting from a 7-9 season and what he felt was a lack of attention to upgrading the defense. What he called "in-house" criticism also set him off. He doesn't think he had a good year ("I set a high standard"), but he also knows he's not the only one.

"I love them. I hope they understand it's just business," Johnson said. "I felt in that three-month period the best thing for me was to get out of Cincinnati. I was just going through some things and I thought it was the best move for me. Obviously not. I'm still here. Yeah, it was the losing. It got on my nerves."

"I did everything under the sun to get out of here," he said. "I acted psycho. I posed my case. I talked with my owner, who loves me dearly. He must. Those offers were unheard of. And he still said no. Really, I'm not that good."

Bengals president Mike Brown informed Johnson that he was going nowhere because the club didn't believe they could immediately replace the value of a four-time AFC receiving yardage champion. That included Washington's offer of what amounted to two first-round draft picks. Plus, they didn't want to deal with salary cap acceleration.

Johnson maintained he has a good relationship with Brown, said he believes he wants to win, and appreciates how the team has ripped up his contracts twice.

But he also wants a NFL title.

"The time is coming when I'm done. I'm up. I'll say anything to get a ring," Johnson said. "The window of opportunity is getting smaller."

Asked if people would consider that a selfish statement, Johnson said, "You know what? I'm a part of that (team) window, too. I see us looking at the things we need to do. I felt we weren't doing it and needed to be addressing it more...(His desire for) winning gets knocked off because of the way I play the game. People think all I want to do is talk and celebrate and 'He's a me-first guy.' I want a ring. What else can I do?"

Johnson said the Bengals "have done things for me that have never really been done before. Like tearing me up (his contract) with four years left and re-doing me the first time. I've also done well by them, also."

Johnson said the offseason wasn't about money and he felt "it was funny,' that people said it was even though he claims it was his bid to get to a winner.

"We have a bigger issue here. Money will take care of itself," said Johnson, who has a contract here through 2011. "If I go out and continue to be way above here, then it's going to have to happen."

What is going to happen, for now, is that Johnson is going to try and get that ring now wearing stripes.

"We're going to be in Tampa," he said.

The football phase has officially begun.
Now let's play some football already.

Jeremy
06-20-2008, 10:32 AM
And when they're 2-6, the old Chad will come storming right back.

Dino 6 Rings
06-20-2008, 10:32 AM
Great, can't wait to see my secondary knock his teeth out again, and again, and again.

revefsreleets
06-20-2008, 11:43 AM
Whatever. The dude is an ass, an embarrassment to himself and, most importantly, to the sport. The only thing that's more disgusting than the constant diarrhea of garbage flooding out of his gold toofed pie hole is the fact that there's always some press around lapping it up.

fansince'76
06-20-2008, 11:52 AM
Johnson reiterated, "I love you, Cincinnati," and said he realizes there are fans that have turned against him while recalling Kobe Bryant got booed in the first game of what turned out to be a NBA MVP season following his trade demands of last summer.

And Kobe's a punk too. That hasn't changed. The difference here is Kobe is also by far the best on this planet at what he does. YOU'RE NOT.

X-Terminator
06-20-2008, 12:05 PM
Now gee, who didn't see this coming? :noidea:

I said from day one that Chad was going to play for the Bungles this season, because he doesn't have the testicular fortitude to put his money where his gold teeth are by sitting it out.

rbryan
06-21-2008, 12:58 PM
And when they're 2-6, the old Chad will come storming right back.

I doubt it takes that long. This clown has been the center of attn on NFL network, ESPN, etc.. due to his antics. Now that he's towing the company line there won't be a media circus at every practice to pay him the constant attn he craves. How long can Chad's fragile ego possibly survive w/o this extra attn??

Chad, just like everyone else in the league 7 years, is a step slower than he used to be. Compound that with the fact that every DB in the league has been and will continue to go out of thier way to take that extra shot on him, and it all adds up to NFL (Not for long) for our favorite tool bag from Bunglerville.

stillers4me
06-21-2008, 01:08 PM
Let's just wait and see what he has to say once he's off the pain meds. :chuckle:

BIGBENFASTWILLIE
06-21-2008, 01:11 PM
:sofunny:man i was really hoping the steelers would pick him up

lilyoder6
06-21-2008, 01:13 PM
we should start a pool to see where chad will blow up again and won't want to play anymore.. or pull a larry johnson "season-ending" foot injury

CantStop85
07-21-2008, 03:25 PM
Transcript of Chad's chat with fans on ESPN (I know you guys wish you hadn't missed it lol):

Chad Johnson: (1:32 PM ET ) I love you all!

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Cincinnati, Ohio: You and Carson weren't as in sync last year as you have been in the past. What steps have you and Carson taken in the off-season to regain that elite form?

Chad Johnson: (1:35 PM ET ) Carson and I struggled last year and we still put up great numbers. We did have a down year, but in some ways we put up better numbers than we usually do. The only thing we can do is work hard. Unfortunelty with the surgery I have had I have not been able to work out as much as I want.


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Matt (Cincy): Chad, why should I buy the "In Just One Play" DVD? You're a man of various talents...sell this to me.

Chad Johnson: (1:37 PM ET ) Well I am sure everyone loves the NFL and this DVD that comes out tomorrow has some of the most exciting players in the league on it. This is an electrifying DVD. This is probably one of the few DVDs that will feature all these exciting players at the same time. And you can play Madden '09 before the release date on this thing. Tell 'em Chad sent you.


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Frank (Cincy): If I buy your DVD will you stay in Cincinnati?

Chad Johnson: (1:38 PM ET ) Frank, I will be in Cincy. And please do not misunderstand the point of what went on this offseason. To me I call it somewhat of a wake up call to get things done. That is all I was trying to do.


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bill in bellefontaine,ohio: hi chad, what is the main thing the bengals need to do this year to get back to the playoffs?

Chad Johnson: (1:39 PM ET ) Consistency, offensively and defensively. We have to keep ups and downs to a minimum. I said we are going to be fine, and we will be fine.


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Phoenix AZ: Should I draft you as my first WR in my Fantasy League?

Chad Johnson: (1:40 PM ET ) You have watched football long enough. You should be able to answer that on your own without my help.


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Aaron: I heard your pretty good at soccer. Whos your favorite team?

Chad Johnson: (1:41 PM ET ) Barcelona and Arsenal. I am best friends with Thierry Henry.


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James (Indy): Do u see your self staying a Bengal for the rest of your career?

Chad Johnson: (1:42 PM ET ) You know what, there are not many player who finish where they start, but Cincy has been good to me and I have been good to Cincy and I would love to finish my career there.


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bill in bellefontaine,ohio: hi chad my son and i have been longtime bengals fans. i have 2 questions. hows the ankle doing after surgery. who do you think will be the toughest defensive back you will face this year?

Chad Johnson: (1:44 PM ET ) I am nowhere near 100% right now. It's the NFL, they are all good. My success comes because I understand the schemes of each team week in and week out.


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Justin (Ohio): Chad, Would signing Chris Henry make this a better football team and will it happen?

Chad Johnson: (1:45 PM ET ) No, it is not going to happen. Once the situation goes down like that teams are not going to bring a player back. it is too bad. He is one of the best WR in the game, which is not known yet, and whoever gets him is going to be damn lucky.


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Zach (Maryland): Outside of yourself, who is your favroite player to watch on the DVD you're promoting?

Chad Johnson: (1:45 PM ET ) I like everyone on there. Everyone has their own style and offers something different. I really do like everyone on there.


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David (Cincy): Chad, I love you. Can we expect any celebrations this year, or more business-like?

Chad Johnson: (1:46 PM ET ) David, my celebrations are business like. I am going to have as much fun as I can. If I stop celebrating then there is something wrong with me.


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Ian (Toledo): Do you have any new TD celebrations up your sleeve for this year?

Chad Johnson: (1:48 PM ET ) I have all kinds of stuff up my sleeve this year. Enjoy the show, because it will be non-stop.


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Valian (Philly): If there was a ultimate fighting championship tournament among Bengals players, who would win and where would you finish?

Chad Johnson: (1:48 PM ET ) I would probably win because I would cheat the whole time.

Chad Johnson: (1:51 PM ET ) Everyone, I love you. I am sorry for what went on this offseason, but please understand this is a business. You will get 100% from me this year, as you do every year...actually, make it 200% this year. Cincinnati I love you; to all the fans I love you, and enjoy the show this year!

revefsreleets
07-21-2008, 03:34 PM
And he's going to accomplish all this without TJ?

Uh huh.

Blitzburgh_Fever
07-21-2008, 04:00 PM
I'm sure good news to hear as a Bengals fan. Don't get what his whole spiel about not playing for Cinci ever again and now saying he's been good to them and he loves Cinci etc. Feels like Rosenhaus sat down and told him to straighten up :chuckle:

CantStop85
07-21-2008, 05:03 PM
And he's going to accomplish all this without TJ?

Uh huh.

Without TJ? Last time I checked, TJ's still signed to play this season...

If you mean after this season, even if TJ isn't resigned, Chad already had two 1,100+ yard seasons before TJ even broke into the starting lineup, including one of his best seasons with 1,335 yards and 10 TD's.

The real question is can TJ accomplish what he has without Chad?

Feels like Rosenhaus sat down and told him to straighten up :chuckle:

If anything, I think that Rosenhaus helped to fuel the fire to begin with. But yeah, it's good to see the whole offense on the same page again.

fansince'76
07-21-2008, 05:26 PM
Cincinnati, Ohio: You and Carson weren't as in sync last year as you have been in the past. What steps have you and Carson taken in the off-season to regain that elite form?

Chad Johnson: (1:35 PM ET ) Carson and I struggled last year and we still put up great numbers.

7-9? Right. :coffee:

Preacher
07-21-2008, 05:45 PM
Chad Johnson: (1:42 PM ET ) You know what, there are not many player who finish where they start, but Cincy has been good to me and I have been good to Cincy and I would love to finish my career there.

That is some FUNNY stuff right there.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa trade me.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :rofl:

HometownGal
07-21-2008, 05:46 PM
Why the hell did they ever let CJ off the nar-nar bus? :doh:

Unfortunelty with the surgery I have had I have not been able to work out as much as I want.


Do you mean the lobotomy?

We did have a down year, but in some ways we put up better numbers than we usually do.

Numbers don't mean squat diddly do, retard, if you don't get to and win the big game. :coffee:

My success comes because I understand the schemes of each team week in and week out.

You obviously don't understand the defensive schemes of the Steelers too well, knucklehead. :toofunny:

He (Chris Henry) is one of the best WR in the game, which is not known yet, and whoever gets him is going to be damn lucky.

Yeppers. Real lucky to employ a known criminal. :doh:

If I stop celebrating then there is something wrong with me.


I think it's a given there's something wrong with you whether you celebrate or not. :blah:

I have all kinds of stuff up my sleeve this year.

Well, guess you gotta have somewhere else to store the shit you spew. Guess the boxers and cleats got full, huh? :poop:

I would probably win because I would cheat the whole time.


You'd cheat because that yellow stripe on your back is as big as your mouth.

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stlrtruck
07-22-2008, 10:07 AM
"We're going to be in Tampa," he said.

Of course they'll be in Tampa, the NFL sales two tickets to every NFL Player!!

revefsreleets
07-22-2008, 08:09 PM
So you think Chad is going to play this year?

I'm still not sure. Who could be? I'm not even sure that gold toofed ignoramus knows what he's going to do yet.

And, if I'm TJ, well, Hell, if I was TJ, I'd have signed with the Steelers when I had the chance. He might get a ring that way...there will be no Super Bowl victories for the Bengals.

Edman
07-23-2008, 11:34 AM
Goof for old Gold Teef. When the Bengals have another losing season with that crappy defense we'll see how much he loves Cincy then.

fansince'76
07-23-2008, 12:23 PM
When the Bengals have another losing season with that crappy defense we'll see how much he loves Cincy then.

I wonder if we'll be treated to another crying jag? That would be good for some laughs....

57HEkdIe3ac

"We ain't supposed to lose no mo'." :crying01:

:toofunny: :toofunny: :toofunny:

Tankus_Maximus
07-23-2008, 03:08 PM
Blah, blah, blah. One decent moment in a career filled with drama, overhype, and underachieving, and the Bungle-Nation is ready to forgive & forget.

It's no wonder that crappy team will never amount to a playoff-contender with that mindset, not only from the fan-base, but the FO.

Good luck 85, keep that head on a swivel next time you play the Black & Gold, our secondary will be gunning for you....of course, you already knew that.

WHERE YA AT '85??

Thats right, flat on your back, and knocked the f *ck out!!!!!

CantStop85
07-23-2008, 05:56 PM
So you think Chad is going to play this year?

I'm still not sure. Who could be? I'm not even sure that gold toofed ignoramus knows what he's going to do yet.

I'm 99.9% sure he'll play this year. He already showed up to mini-camp and has said he'll be at training camp. Besides, he doesn't really have any other options.

Preacher
07-23-2008, 05:58 PM
Chad will show up this year...

he will play in games.

But will he SHOW UP to PLAY in game against teh Steelers?

Nope... he hasn't yet, has he???

Big D
07-23-2008, 06:04 PM
he's going to blow up this locker room t.o. style. I cant wait to watch the bengals car wreck

Preacher
07-23-2008, 06:25 PM
he's going to blow up this locker room t.o. style. I cant wait to watch the bengals car wreck

I wonder if he punches anyone again???

revefsreleets
07-24-2008, 10:02 AM
"Hugh!"

Classic. My favorite was how Bengals fans buried their collective heads in the sand and REFUSED to acknowledge that Chad was punching coaches.