Johnson is Ochocino, Ochocinco is Johnson


Johnson is Ochocino, Ochocinco is Johnson

I think we need to be careful before jumping to conclusions about what really happened inside Chad Johnson's car this weekend. Mostly, because both 85 and his wife are certifiably insane.

You know about Chad. His whackiness has been on display since the moment he entered the league. Of course, he never really gave off the vibe that he was "violent crazy" especially towards women. But I guess you never know.

As for his wife, Evelyn Lozada (Antoine Walker's ex-fianceeone of the stars of VH1's Basketball Wives), here's a little glimpse at what she brings to the crazy train.

All aboard!

OK, I won't make any more light of this situation. But the point is that I really think it's worth pumping the breaks on labeling Johnson a wife beaterdomestic abuser until all the details are out there. For now, all we have is two crazy people in a smart car with a condoms receipt.

The one thing we do know, however, is that Chad Johnson is out of a job the Dolphins released him shortly after he was released from jail.

If you watched the first episode of HBO's Hard Knocks, you weren't surprised by this development. Even though he looked pretty good on the field, there was no question that Johnson's unpredictable, attention-whore mentality was already wearing on new head coach Joe Philbin and Co. It's obvious that they don't really care if 85's innocent or not, they just don't want him associated with the team. And no one can blame them. Johnson's had one 1000-yard receiving season since 2007; the time for putting up with his ridiculousness has long past.

But I don't think people are done putting up with it.

In light of everything that may have happened this weekend, I've heard a bunch of people speculate that Johnson head-butted away his career in that smart car. That Miami was his last shot in the NFL, and he'll now have to settle on a career as professional reality star. I don't buy it, though. There's no way we've seen the last of Chad Johnson.

If Terrell Owens is still getting chances at 38, someone will take a chance on Johnson at 34. Or 35. Or 36. And he'll probably blow every one.

But that won't stop them from trying.

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Quick Slants Podcast: Gostkowski’s woes with Chuck Zodda


Quick Slants Podcast: Gostkowski’s woes with Chuck Zodda

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski has now missed five kicks on the year, including field goals against the Miami, Buffalo and Cleveland. 

In an emergency podcast, Tom E. Curran speaks with Chuck Zodda of Inside The Pylon about Stephen Gostkowski’s kicking woes.

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Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets


Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets

The Jets’ quarterback situation took a comically typical turn Monday, as Ryan Fitzpatrick will be under center after an MRI revealed that Geno Smith has a torn ACL. 

After starting New York’s first six games of the season, Fitzpatrick was demoted to backup for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Smith was injured on a sack by Baltimore’s Matt Judon, forcing Fitzpatrick back into action. 

After leading the Jets to a 24-16 win, Fitzpatrick made his dissatisfaction with being benched known. 

“The biggest thing in this game in order to last, is to have belief in yourself,” Fitzpatrick said in his postgame press conference. “Because when the owner stops believing in you and the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. That’s something that I’ve had to deal with before. That’s something I’m dealing with now.”

On the season, Fitzpatrick has completed 136 of 237 passes for 1,561 yards with six touchdowns and a league-leading 11 interceptions.