Ochocinco's catches, swagger down

Posted Oct. 14, 2010 @ 8:09 p.m.
Posted By Mike Wilkening

In the last four games before the Bengals' Week Six bye, WR Chad Ochocinco caught just 14 passes for 157 yards and no touchdowns. Entering the bye, Ochocinco, who said he had not played confidently, told Cincinnati reporters he planned to be the "Chad of old" and play with a swagger going forward. Ochocinco remains one of the game's more skilled receivers — note that he torched the New England defense for 12 catches and 159 yards in Week One — and it's clear he still garners high respect from opposing defenses. Case in point: Browns head coach Eric Mangini, in his postgame remarks after the Week Four win over Cincinnati, said the Browns double-teamed Ochocinco for "pretty much the whole game" because he's a "special receiver" and "(when) he hurts you, he hurts you big." Terrell Owens feasted on the Browns' coverage, catching 10-222-1, and had 102 yards receiving the following week vs. Tampa Bay. A logical question now, with Owens thriving, is whether this could open more opportunities for Ochocinco.