Johnson told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that he’s going back to his old ways with the Dolphins after his “personality was controlled” by the Patriots last season. Apparently part of going back to the vintage version includes making bold pronouncements about the year to come.
“This season is going to be a monster year. I don’t care who’s playing quarterback. I’m going to have a great year,” Johnson said. “The first day I get to camp, everybody’s mouth can drop [the bleep] open. My game is at the point where it doesn’t matter who starts at quarterback. Oprah can play quarterback and we’ll be all right.”
Oprah might actually be a better quarterback than some of the guys the Dolphins have trotted out there in recent years. At the very least, everyone in the stadium would be going home with a new car.
Johnson’s been throwing hints in this direction since his name was still Ochocinco, including a tweet warning Roger Goodell that there would need to be plenty of fines sent in the wide receiver’s direction. The whole interview with Jackson is worth a read as Johnson lays out all the ways he believes this year will be different than his disappointing season in New England. And he also sent a message to anyone who thinks his outspoken ways will be a distraction to the team.
“That’s a distraction??? The tweeting?” Johnson said. “My answer when people say that is, ‘Shut the bleep up.’ Be real! How many arrests have we had this offseason? But my tweeting is an issue? Get an [expletive] life, people.”
Chad Johnson is back in name and attitude. If he’s back in on-field production, the Dolphins will be very happy he fell into their lap.