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Mike Brown says Ochocinco should focus on football

Handout photo shows Ochocinco attempting bull riding during an exhibition at the Lucas Oil Invitational in Duluth, Georgia Reuters

It looks like another name can be added to Chad Ochocinco’s official list of promised ass-whoopings.

At the owners’ meetings in Indianapolis, Bengals owner Mike Brown criticized Chad for not focusing on football.

“He’s going to do the things he does,” Brown said, per Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.  “Next maybe he’ll be a snake wrangler and we’ll watch to see if he gets bit.  He’s always up to some stunt.  They amuse me in a way.  They concern me because let’s face it we want a football player.  We aren’t hiring a bull rider, a dancer, a soccer player.  We want a football player.  It’s simple.  And that should be the focus, not on other things.”

Brown also touched on the deeper issue — an apparently deep-seated desire by Chad to attract attention to himself.  “I’ve never known any football player who can bring a spotlight on to himself seemingly all year around,” Brown said.  “Is that a good thing or a bad thing?  And that gets to be a debate.”

That said, the Bengals have been very supportive of the off-field exploits of linebacker Dhani Jones, which spawned the Travel Channel’s Dhani Tackles the Globe and laid the foundation for a new book, The Sportsman.  The difference may be that the Bengals realize Jones isn’t doing what he’s doing for attention.

Still, it’s hard to put much stock in Brown’s complaints regarding Ochocinco’s 2011 exploits.  By locking out Chad and the rest of his teammates and colleagues, the NFL is interfering with the players’ ability to focus on football.  If the owner of a coal mine locks out his workers in a labor dispute, does he publicly complain that the workers aren’t sufficiently focused on mining coal during the lockout?

The truth may be that Chad would still have dabbled in soccer and bullriding this year even if there was no lockout.  And reality is that if the Bengals believe that Chad isn’t appropriately focused on football to justify his $6 million salary for 2011, they can cut him or trade him.

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49 Responses to “Mike Brown says Ochocinco should focus on football”
  1. drmonkeyarmy says: May 24, 2011 6:20 PM

    Maybe Mike Brown should stop worrying about Ochocinco and worry about getting a CBA done so we have football.

  2. schmitty2 says: May 24, 2011 6:21 PM

    Maybe Mike Brown should “focus” on selling the team

  3. drmonkeyarmy says: May 24, 2011 6:21 PM

    Dhani isn’t doing what he is doing for attention? Really. I bet their are a ton of Eagles fans who disagree with that statement. Probably some beat writers too.

  4. Scotty M says: May 24, 2011 6:22 PM

    i think ochocinco will stay in cincinnati i think cause he will then play with aj green. if mike brown wants him to focus on football, then he should do what the owner says. kudos to ocho for trying new things over the offseason, though

  5. cincinnasti says: May 24, 2011 6:24 PM

    As you bring up, the most interesting thing about his will be Chads reaction. If Chad slams Mike Brown for this than you’ll know his true fate next year. If he say’s nothing I’d bet there’s a good chance Chad knows he has one more year to play football in stripes.

  6. jm11890 says: May 24, 2011 6:24 PM

    mike brown is a disgrace

  7. depotnator says: May 24, 2011 6:25 PM

    Maybe Mike Brown should focus on how to run a profitable franchise instead of depending upon handouts from the TV contract and revenue sharing from the more successful franchises. The better managed franchises make plenty of money and would have already signed a deal with the players if they didn’t have to partially pay to run the weaker franchises.

  8. denverhighrize says: May 24, 2011 6:26 PM

    Mike, Shut up!

  9. smellmyface says: May 24, 2011 6:27 PM

    Whats he gonna do…trade him? mabye Palmer should go bull riding

  10. ravenator says: May 24, 2011 6:27 PM

    Mike Brown should focus on not running a franchise into the ground

  11. j0esixpack says: May 24, 2011 6:28 PM

    Chad Ochocinco? Wanting to attract attention to himself?

    Are we sure Mike Brown’s talking about the same guy? That sounds NOTHING like him!

  12. nfl25 says: May 24, 2011 6:29 PM

    please dont let mike brown in the negotiation room. he will kill any possible deal. he is right about ocho but he is also the most stubborn dude on earth.

    he could have traded ocho but didnt, that was a huge mistake. so u would think he wouldnt do it again, but he will watch palmer retire and get nothing. why would u even want palmer back? ur qb being forced to play with the team, thats great for the morale of the team

  13. yankees5775 says: May 24, 2011 6:30 PM

    Cut his ass… for the love of God cut his ass Mike! Did you not see how phenominal the Bengals looked without the T.Ocho show on the field? Instead of freelancing, the receivers were where they were supposed to be, and Palmer put up an almost perfect passer rating against the No. 1 defense (Chargers) at the time.

    That guy Simpson (Jerry?) looked WAYY better than Chad Ocho-what-the-****-ever-O. Combine Simpson and AJ Green… that’s scary

  14. touchdownroddywhite says: May 24, 2011 6:32 PM

    I bet Ochocinco says Mike Brown should focus on business and make his team better.

  15. voyager6 says: May 24, 2011 6:35 PM

    Should we criticize an astronaut if he isn’t focused when not flying into space?

    Should we criticize the President if he isn’t focused when not in the White House?

    Of course, these jobs are more important than football.

    Unfortunately, it sounds like Son of Paul expects Chad, the BullMeister, to play for Cincinnati this season.

    Why is it everytime Son of Paul opens his mouth, the hopes of Bengals fans goes down the tubes?

  16. nmking26 says: May 24, 2011 6:38 PM

    LMAO Irony at it’s best. So you lock a guy out from playing football…yet you want him to focus on football?

  17. danimalk82 says: May 24, 2011 6:38 PM

    I really hope Chad takes this opportunity to indirectly tell that old fart to shove it up his wrinkly butt. Chad knows that if he doesn’t work hard he’s just some scrub who is flapping his lips, but what seperates him from every other loud mouth is that he is a hard worker as well. As long as he is working out and staying in shape he can do whatever the hell he wants to.

  18. dell52 says: May 24, 2011 6:39 PM

    Hey Brown, you can’t say you are “hiring” him for anything. The Owners locked them out. He can do what he wants cause you are not paying him. When you are able to give him a check, then go ahead and tell him what to focus on. Until then, worry about your QB who would rather retire than play for you again.

  19. bravin4evr says: May 24, 2011 6:41 PM

    Brown should focus on finding someone who can run the Browns properly

  20. grpatriot says: May 24, 2011 6:42 PM

    Mike needs that 6 mil. in case Carson decides to show…

  21. wtfchiefs says: May 24, 2011 6:46 PM

    They deserve each other.

  22. texasphinsfan says: May 24, 2011 6:47 PM

    “Still, it’s hard to put much stock in Brown’s complaints regarding Ochocinco’s 2011 exploits. By locking out Chad and the rest of his teammates and colleagues, the NFL is interfering with the players’ ability to focus on football. If the owner of a coal mine locks out his workers in a labor dispute, does he publicly complain that the workers aren’t sufficiently focused on mining coal during the lockout?”

    ding ding ding!

    Unless Mike Brown can give Chad something to do, Mike Brown can STFU.

  23. ernieernie says: May 24, 2011 7:07 PM

    Ocho Cinco stays in shape no one can deny that. His mouth is flappin all the time.

  24. TurdSandwich says: May 24, 2011 7:17 PM

    If the rest would have listed to Mike Brown the last time the league would not be in this position. They all agree now..

  25. 2mannings1cup says: May 24, 2011 7:20 PM

    Don’t lock Ocho out if you want Ocho to focus on football (American football that is).

  26. enders9 says: May 24, 2011 7:23 PM

    No Mike Brown doesn’t want a bull rider, soccer player, or dancer… he wants a quitter. That’s why he won’t trade Palmer.

  27. enders9 says: May 24, 2011 7:29 PM

    yankees5775 says: May 24, 2011 6:30 PM

    Cut his ass… for the love of God cut his ass Mike! Did you not see how phenominal the Bengals looked without the T.Ocho show on the field? Instead of freelancing, the receivers were where they were supposed to be, and Palmer put up an almost perfect passer rating against the No. 1 defense (Chargers) at the time.

    That guy Simpson (Jerry?) looked WAYY better than Chad Ocho-what-the-****-ever-O. Combine Simpson and AJ Green… that’s scary

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    I love how people bring up how awesome the Bengals were after TO and Ocho were hurt, but then only talk about the Chargers game and completely ignore the Ravens game. Which was the game where Carson returned to form and was complete crap. Carson’s last NFL throw was the perfect description of his season (past several seasons actually) Someone is standing 10 yards in front of him wide open for the easy game winning TD, so Carson decides to throw it 10 feet over his head.

  28. samoanjungle says: May 24, 2011 7:30 PM

    Mike Brown should focus on retiring on some Island somewhere and give us a chance to have a real team that can have back-to-back winning seasons more than once a generation.

  29. Deb says: May 24, 2011 7:39 PM

    Brown is complaining that he hired a football player, not a dancer. By contrast, Dancing With the Stars did bios on each of the competitors last week and Art Rooney II, Mike Tomlin, and Bill Cowher were filmed paying tribute to Hines–so obviously the Steelers don’t have any problem with Ward appearing on the program.

    I don’t like Ocho, but how is he supposed to focus on football when there aren’t any OTAs for him to attend? And a cheapskate like Mike Brown shouldn’t expect his players to go above and beyond organizing on their own. He focuses less on football quality than any other owner in the league.

  30. goforthanddie says: May 24, 2011 7:46 PM

    Mike Brown should focus on selling the Bungles to someone who has a clue.

  31. yankees5775 says: May 24, 2011 7:51 PM

    @enders9

    I saw the Baltimore game as well. Palmer threw a beautiful TD pass to Simpson on a fade, threw for over 300 yards against another one of the the best defenses in the NFL, and did throw two picks but both hit his receivers in the hands and we’re lucky bounces nabbed by Ed Reed.

    Let’s look at the numbers: Simpson had twelve catches (I believe the announcers said that mark tied Ocho’s record for most in a game), over 100 yards receiving and the TD (although 2 embarrassing fumbles did kill the team’s chances of winning… can pretty much guarantee he won’t do that again). Andre Caldwell had almost 100 yards and easily could have had more had he not dropped a few passes.

    True Palmer didn’t play his best game, his worst moment of the game was when he slid to avoid Ray Lewis and simply fumbled the ball without being touch. And regarding that last pass, watch the replay again. A defender hit Palmer in the arm just as he released the ball.

    Still though, over 300 yards passing against the Ravens defense, over 100 yards receiving against the Ravens defense in just the guy’s second NFL start… but no, that game was complete crap according to you.

    I can’t figure out why Palmer still wants out. Granted, the Bengals retained Marvin Lewis. But they got rid of the OC, T.O. is gone and look to be in the process of getting rid of that P.O.S. Chad Ocho-****O. Now they have A.J. Green, Simpson, Caldwell, Jordan Shipley and a West Coast Offense… at least give all that a chance before you hang it up for good.

  32. 1buckeye76 says: May 24, 2011 7:51 PM

    Mike Brown may be a lot of things, but he’s right in this instance.

  33. getweird4u says: May 24, 2011 8:04 PM

    Chad Ocho=Overgrown Infant
    Mike Brown =Total Idiot

  34. bleedpurpandgold says: May 24, 2011 8:18 PM

    Throw both these two in the rodeo…clowns.

  35. packers1996 says: May 24, 2011 8:31 PM

    What football in case u havent noticed their is a lockout dumbass just retire so fans can stop insulting u

  36. whatswiththehate says: May 24, 2011 8:33 PM

    The hypocrisy of those in the sports media who follow Chad everywhere he goes then turn around and accuse him of loving attention. Hmmmm, don’t recall seeing a weekly supply of write-ups on anything Dhani is doing. I guess the truth be told those who are scorning Chad in the sports media, have way bigger egos than him and want to bask in his attention as they bash him for them paying him so much attention. Go figure..

    It’s clear the sports media elite decides who we should hate on and who we should like simply because of their own insecuritis and jealousy.

    Yes, I can see why Cam Newton is intentionally being turned into the “Chad Ocho” of the 2011 draftees. Strong personality men who the sports elite snobs hate because they aren’t afraid of being themselves regardless of what the snobs, who don’t have a problem using them to get own attention themselves, say about them.

  37. agentcharlescarmichael says: May 24, 2011 8:45 PM

    Mike Brown should worry about the entirety of the team instead of picking out and picking on the most important players on the team, the same players that have done as much as they can on a non-achieving team that would be under the ground right now if not for them. Mike Brown isn’t to smart is he?

  38. depotnator says: May 24, 2011 8:51 PM

    What many fans don’t understand is that it isn’t the players – with their antitrust lawsuit – who want to end shared benefits resulting from revenue sharing. It is the more successful owner’s who want to phase out revenue sharing. In December, 2009, the owners eliminated the $100 M pool set up to aid the lower income teams in the 2006 CBA extension. Jerry Jones is on record for gradually eliminating revenue sharing completely. Without revenue sharing, there will be no salary cap or floor. These are all ideas coming from within the owners meetings. Without revenue sharing, that extra 1 billion off the top can be used to supplement owner ‘ fixed’ expenses as a gradual replacement for revenue sharing. Naturally the players are upset that they are being used as the pawns in Jerry Jones plan.

  39. baddegg says: May 24, 2011 9:07 PM

    Maybe Mike Brown should focus on football. Winning football that is. Just a thought.

  40. baddegg says: May 24, 2011 9:11 PM

    bravin4evr says: May 24, 2011 6:41 PM

    Brown should focus on finding someone who can run the Browns properly
    ——

    You mean, like, his family? :-D

  41. Southpaw says: May 24, 2011 9:27 PM

    He really should… he really focuses too much on being a celebrity, participating in gimmicks, and not really focusing on being a good WR – he has completely become one of those players that become too comfortable calling themselves’ “the best” and don’t really follow through with it anymore

  42. ernestbynershands says: May 24, 2011 9:44 PM

    Shouldn’t Mike Brown be focusing on football?

  43. enders9 says: May 24, 2011 9:46 PM

    @yankees5775

    The Ravens secondary is crap. Can you even name a single defensive back they have besides Ed Reed?

    As for the interceptions. The first one is debatable as to whose hands it went off of. Regardless, it was a bad throw. He threw the ball to the inside where the WR didn’t have much of a chance at it and it resulted in an interception. That is Carson’s fault more than it was Caldwells. The second interception, Carson forced the ball into a spot where there were 4 Ravens and 1 Bengal, and then threw it was the hell behind Shipley to where yes he was able to touch the ball, but there was virtually no chance of actually catching it. Againt, that was Carsons fault, not Shipleys.

    Just went and rewatched that played… nope, his arm wasn’t hit. At least not while he still had the ball, he had already released before he was hit. Carson just made a terrible throw, like 90% of his throws are. 305 yards on 45 passes really isn’t that impressive.

    I can’t understand why anyone still wants Carson to stay. I mean I can, the delusional Bengal fans still think he can repeat what he did in 05. But now, in 2011, he is terrible. And lets be honest, he was very likely the product of Chad and Housh being in their primes and absolute studs back then.

    Keep holding on to 05 though, let me know how that works out for ya.

  44. MichaelEdits says: May 24, 2011 10:53 PM

    I wish I had Ocho’s Twitter following.

  45. laxer37 says: May 24, 2011 11:11 PM

    Your concern is about 5 years too late Mike.

  46. thetooloftools says: May 24, 2011 11:20 PM

    Mike Brown knows
    Mike Brown has mad management skills.
    He be all about Mike Brown.

  47. atmedic8daily says: May 24, 2011 11:32 PM

    Chad is the man hope he stays!

  48. melonnhead says: May 25, 2011 12:56 AM

    Jerry Jones is on record for gradually eliminating revenue sharing completely.

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    Really? Got a quote to that effect?

  49. ijahru says: May 25, 2011 8:46 AM

    Mike Brown should focus on hiring a GM and personell director because he is not doing a very good job of it. Andre Smith, Akili Smith, David Pollock, Chris Perry, etc..

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