Minus Ochocinco, 'there's a lot less clowning around' in Cincy
It’s a whole new jungle in Cincinnati now that 10,000-yard wide receivers Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens have left.
The Bengals used the fourth pick in the draft on Georgia’s A.J. Green and already they’re raving about him in Cincinnati, including coach Marvin Lewis. Make sure you read between the lines with what he has to say.
“He showed his physical prowess out there today," Lewis said, according to Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com. “He's an upgrade … we're improved athletically."
The departure of Ochocinco and Owens might clean up the rest of the group, too. Lewis reportedly jumped all over Andre Caldwell for not wearing the proper uniform to practice and Jerome Simpson for being the last player on the field. When Ochocinco was around, the rules were bent. It’s a new ballgame now.
“We just buried them and it was good; closed the chapter," Lewis said. "Old habits are hard to break. That's what happens. That's my fault. Shame on me."
Said Caldwell: "There's a lot less clowning around, but we've got a job to do. I love being a leader. Lead by example. I'm not like Chad where I'm loud with all the antics and stuff. ... We're like businessmen in there, we've got a big job to do. There's not much clowning around like there used to be."
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