When receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh played in Cincinnati, he didn’t have much to say. Possibly because receiver Chad Ochocinco never let T.J. get a word in.
But Houshmandzadeh apparently was taking notes. Because he’s now trying his best to imitate Ochocinco.
Most recently, T.J. proclaimed that he’ll have his way with Chicago’s cornerbacks.
“I feel like I’m going to get open every play, every time,”
Houshmandzadeh said. “But that’s not going to be the case. Those
guys get paid well. I feel I’m going to win regardless, but I have
to be realistic. I feel I’m going to win 95 percent of the time and
they can get the other 5.”
Houshmandzadeh also has spent time this week vowing to prove that Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo screwed the pooch by not pursuing T.J. in free agency.
To date, no one from the Bears has taken the bait. But linebacker Lance Briggs has come the closest.
“He sounds like a bitter guy,” Briggs said. “Maybe he wanted to play in
Chicago. If he’s going to show what he’s going to do on Sunday, I’ll
tell you what: ‘So are we, so am I.'”
In two Sundays with the Seahawks, T.J. has yet to fully show what he can do. He’s averaging five catches for 55 yards.
And that projects to 80 receptions for 880 yards over the course of a full season.
So maybe T.J. was right about his Madden rating. Maybe the folks at EA got it wrong.
Maybe that 91 was way too high.