Though he's in the midst of a disastrous season, Chad Ochocinco hasn’t lost the gift of gab.
The Cincinnati wide receiver dished on all things with the New York media Tuesday – everything from his Thanksgiving night match-up with cornerback Antonio Cromatie, to his affection for Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.
“We’re both Mexican. Of course he’s exciting. That’s my carnale,” Ochocinco said yesterday, using the colloquial Spanish term for “brother.” “He’s good, man. To be able to come into that atmosphere, that environment in New York, the monster that the media is there, to be successful, to be able to carry that weight on his shoulders … he’s handled it perfect.”
Ochocinco also praised Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes for his playmaking ability.
“Santonio is what he’s always been, clutch,” he said. “Santonio’s no different than giving Kobe Bryant the ball with 2.4 seconds to go with the Lakers. Period.”
While the Jets, it seems, have perfected the art of the late-game comeback over the past few weeks, the Bengals have dropped seven straight after blowing a 21-point lead against the Bills in Sunday’s 49-31 loss.
“That was ridiculous,” Ochcocinco said. “In a game of Madden, on a video game in real life, if you’re up 31-14 at halftime, it’s impossible to come back. For it to happen in real life, it was unbelievable.”
Still, morale remains high in the Bengals locker room, he said.
Unlike his teammate, Terrell Owens – who told the Cincinnati media Tuesday that Revis was just “an average cornerback” – Ochocinco commended the cornerback.
“He’s doing the same things he’s always done,” Ochocinco said of Revis, who shut him down twice last season. “He’s solidifying himself as the best cover corner in the league.”