Ochocinco comes close to calling out Carson Palmer
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 available. Period.”
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.