It's Crazy, I Know, But Maybe the Bengals Should Trade Ocho Cinco
In the wake of the Bengals 34-13 loss to the Patriots on Monday night, head coach Marvin Lewis ripped his team for being "selfish." During the debacle, Ocho Cinco and Carson Palmer had a heated exchange after a Palmer pick (presumably because Johnson ran the wrong route).
Anyway -- and this is strictly me making stuff up -- does anybody think trading Johnson is a good idea from Cincy's perspective? T.J. Houshmandzadeh had 10 catches last night -- good for 39 on the year -- and hasn't had fewer than 73 receptions in a season since 2003.
Of course, there are complicating issues -- the Bengals would be without a legit No. 2, there's not guarantee Houshmazilly would be as successful as a No. 1, and Chad Johnson, warts and all, is one of the league's best wideouts.
Still, last night was the first time I'd ever seen Palmer get flustered on the sidelines, and it looked like a lot of his frustration was due to Johnson's antics. There is some concern that Lewis has lost his team -- of course, you could've made that case last year, when there were double-digit arrests -- and getting rid of Johnson might send a message to the rest of the troops.
The thing is, I like Johnson, and think he's (mostly) good for the NFL. He stays out of trouble, is very charismatic, and seemingly likes everybody, but he's also a handful. Which is no problem if you're running a daycare center. But it's kind of a pain when you're trying to win football games. Maybe the Patriots can work out a deal for Mr. Cinco. Winning seems to cure a lot of ills.