I like it.
They have reputations for being "diva" receivers. But that's OK. They both play hard. They practice hard. They don't drink. They don't get arrested.
What do they do that's wrong? They talk. Big deal.
Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is good at handling his receivers. I've talked to him many times about how he handles Ochocinco. He said he yells at him. And Ochocinco yells back. They work it out, and off they go.
That's how it should be.
It will be the same way with Owens.
The Bengals will be a better passing team with the addition of Owens and Antonio Bryant, who was signed as a free agent earlier this year. And don't forget Jermaine Gresham, the first-round pick, who will be a middle-of-the-field threat.
Last summer, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told me the team was returning to what he wanted to do, which was run the football.
I cringed in part because of Palmer's ability. Why waste it?
But the Bengals ran it, played good defense, and made the playoffs, winning the division.
Palmer didn't play as well, but I think part of that was because of the move to the run-first style and the fact he didn’t have a weapon other than Ochocicno.
That showed up in the playoff loss to the Jets when Palmer and the passing game struggled. The Bengals finished ranked ninth in rushing and 26th in passing. Considering eight of the top 10 passing teams made the playoffs, that has to switch.
Palmer has to be set free. You can only go so far when you run first.
That has to change.
Bringing in Owens and Bryant will do that.
T.O. and Ocho means passing game is a go.
Don't sleep on this team. They aren't fading like most think.