If there's one thing we've learned of the Bengals through this mess it's that they're consistent. From the outset they said they would not trade or release Johnson, and they've stuck to their plan. And they stuck to it because owner Mike Brown is not about to be bullied into a move by one of his players ... especially this player. Brown will make a move when he wants to, not when Chad decides he wants to leave.
Apparently that message is lost on Ocho Cinco, who keeps lobbying for a ticket to out of town. The harder Johnson pushes the more steadfast Brown becomes that he will keep the wide receiver, and you'd think Johnson -- or the people advising him -- would get the idea by now.
Anyway, I had to laugh when I saw that Marvin Lewis said he thinks Johnson should live up to his threat of not play this season. Now that's what I call hardball. Instead of trying to strike a dialogue, the Bengals dare the guy to carry through on their threat. Good for them. They hold the cards, and they know it.
I have to believe that Johnson does, too, only he can't admit it.