Chad Johnson joining the Dolphins has an extremely familiar feel to it. It’s not that he has played in Miami before, but there was a lot of talk about the artist formerly known as Ochocino resurrecting his career when he teamed up with Tom Brady and the Patriots. As we know, the exact opposite happened. Now that he has found yet another job, Chad insists he is going to have a “monster” year regardless of who is playing quarterback. Better yet, he blamed last season’s struggles on the Patriots not allowing him to run his mouth.
“I’m going back to my normal ways,” Johnson said according to the Miami Herald. “My normal ways, when I was at my best, when I got fined, look at the production those years. Usually things don’t go right when you try to change the way you do things. I’m back to normal. My personality was controlled last year. You didn’t hear me at all last year. Zero. Zilch. When my mouth is running, it forces me to perform. It’s never been vindictive. I never got anybody in trouble.
“One of the things I like about being here, that’s so refreshing, and is such a weight off my back, is I can be me, whatever that entails. When I can be me, I am loose. Everything just flows for me. Whether it’s the style of play, the way I learn.”
Dolphins fans can believe what they want, but I seem to remember the same Chad (albeit with a different last name) talking about how he didn’t need to make noise and talk smack because he just wanted to go out there and help the Patriots win. Now all of a sudden that’s the reason he couldn’t learn the playbook and caught only 15 passes all season.
Johnson officially has his old name back and apparently he’s bringing his old personality with it. The only problem is he may no longer have the physical tools needed to back it up.
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