Ochocinco: Revis Couldn't Cover Me in a Phone Booth
"Darrelle Revis couldn't cover me in a brown paper bag on the corner of a Manhattan street in a phone booth," Ochocinco said. " And I love him. I call him 'Master-Lock.' Master-Lock Revis has locked up a lot of great receivers this year. But not this week."
Ocho said he's called Bengals coach Marvin Lewis 20 times since Sunday's division-clinching win to ask him if he's planning to play his regulars in Sunday night's game. He says Lewis told him, "We're playing the whole game. We're playing to win." And Ochocinco said he hopes his coach isn't pulling his leg because, "As long as Revis is in there, I'm playing. I'm going to make him use all our timeouts to get me out of the game."
The Bengals' chatty wideout made it clear several times during the call that he and Revis are friends and that this is all meant in fun. But he said he was completely serious about his plans for a post-touchdown celebration. He said as soon as he saw a trip to play the Jets on this year's schedule, he thought about "Fireman Ed," the famous fan who wears a Jets fire helmet and quiets the crowd after a Jets score and then leads them in a chant of "J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets!." So Ocho had a Bengals fire helmet custom made and promises he'll put it on and climb up either on the goal post or his linemen's shoulders after he scores.
"I think everybody will get the point of what I'm trying to do," Ochocinco said. "Hopefully the fans of New York will give me the same respect. I want to hear, 'O-C-H-O, Ocho! Ocho! Ocho!' Please cooperate. It's a fun thing, it's a great challenge for their defense to not let me in, but if I get in, it's going to happen."
Ochocinco was obviously performing for the New York media and enjoying it. But he also said he was pumped up for a chance to play in the playoffs. He said the fact that neither he nor any of his Bengal teammates were selected to play in the Pro Bowl was okay because the playoffs are such a rare treat for them.
"The Pro Bowl, it's like being married for 30 years -- you get tired of it," Ochocinco said. "I finally have something to look forward to for a change."
He said he's in no need of rest this week to prepare for the playoffs: "My cardio and my conditioning right now is ridiculous. I could probably go through the Tour de France with Lance Armstrong and last."
And he was shocked to learn that, if the Jets beat the Bengals this week, they'd likely be their first-round playoff opponent as well.
"Me and Revis again?" he asked. "That's like Pacquiao-Mayweather II."
We'll talk to Revis here in a couple of hours, after Jets practice is over. And I'm sure he'll play along, though perhaps not as hilariously as Chad. Revis is more likely to let his play do the talking Sunday night, which his opponent is billing as a can't-miss.
"If you don't tune into this game Sunday, you have no life," Ochocinco said. "Period."