On the same edition of The T.Ocho Show in which Terrell Owens called out quarterback Donovan McNabb (again) for getting tired during Super Bowl XXXIX, Chad Ochocinco seemed to call out quarterback Carson Palmer for their current team’s struggles.
“Right now I’m in an emotional state and don’t want to talk about
anything that has to do with winning. … I’m doing everything I can,” Ochocinco said, via Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I’m
working hard. I’m studying, I’m evaluating and critiquing myself and I
still don’t know what the [heck] the problem is. . . .
“I keep trying to explain to T and a lot of people out there. They
always say ‘before you were the Ochocinco/Johnson that guy was
different, he was hungry, like he didn’t care he celebrated.’ The funny
thing about it is, I was in a comfort zone to where I was able to go out
on a limb because I know there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that I would
go out there and perform and have the opportunity to make those plays.”
Per Reedy, Owens said he wanted to see the old Ochocinco return.
“What am I supposed to do?” Chad said. “What am I supposed to do? I’m out
there. I’m on the field. What do you want me to do? I’m on the field,
I’m available, I’m wear number 85, I’m out there, I’M OUT THERE. I’m
going to leave it at that. There’s nothing I can do but make myself
It’s obvious what he’s getting at — primarily since everyone else sees it. Carson Palmer isn’t the same guy he used to be. And the only thing that makes him a franchise quarterback at this point is his contract, which likely won’t be honored in 2011.