Former Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson (formerly known as Chad Ochocinco) is coming off his worst season in the NFL and told the Miami Herald that his performance was hindered because he couldn’t be himself in New England.
“I’m going back to my normal ways,” Johnson told the newspaper after a photo shoot for Zico Coconut Water. “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.”
The 34-year-old receiver went on saying that the Patriot way was not his way.
“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. … When I can be me, I am loose. Everything just flows for me, whether it’s the style of play, the way I learn.”
The Patriots released Johnson in June and he was picked up by the Miami Dolphins. He had just 15 receptions for 276 yards and one touchdown for the Patriots in 2011. He hopes that the change of scenery will hope bring him back to the days when he was a Pro Bowl caliber player. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.