Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is no stranger when it comes to speaking his mind and had no problem calling out the coaching staff during the regular season. So when Owens recently discussed the rest of the organization’s problems on NFL Total Access, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he wouldn’t hold anything back.
During the regular season, Owens received criticism for making a comment on The T.Ocho Show in which he blamed the coaches for how the 2010 season was playing out. On Friday, Owens discussed how he noticed things weren’t right throughout the season–even criticizing Bengals owner Mike Brown.
Here’s a few quotes from the interview with Owens:
“What a lot of people really don’t think and really don’t understand about this situation with Carson asking to be out of there (is) he’s saying something without really saying something.”
“That’s what a lot of people should read (into). There is a line that needs to be read in there. He knows that there’s some things within that organization that just aren’t right. Obviously Chad (Ochocino) tried to get out of there a few years back, and obviously that didn’t work well for him. Obviously if you have your franchise quarterback who is supposed to be that guy for your team (and) trying to get out of there, that’s kind of telling the organization something, and that’s telling a lot of people out there something as well.”
“I think if you look at the talent we had in that locker room this year and we mustered four wins, that should let you know something is not right. Throughout the year, I saw some things that really wasn’t right”
“I’ve made a comment about if you’re trying to win some championships, it starts from the top down. (Warren Sapp) mentioned Mike Brown; I think even before I got there, they said the owner was a little different. Obviously, I saw that. You start with the head coach, and then you start with the staff on both sides of the ball. … Offensively, we really didn’t have the coaching that we really needed to muster what we had on the offensive side of the ball.”
The funny thing is–what Owens is saying actually makes sense. Fans have criticized Brown as an owner for years and the fact that he became the fastest owner to reach 200 losses this past season is just one of many examples as to why. With all of the talent on the 2010 roster, there’s no reason why the Bengals should have been as bad as they were. On paper, they contained one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL, but couldn’t figure out a way to utilize all of their weapons. When this happens, it’s difficult not to place the blame on the coaching staff and upper management.
Dan Parzych is the Lead NFL Content Editor for RantSports.com/NFL, where he writes and edits NFL content for RantSports.com.
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