Is it just me or are you all out there not sold on the T.O. And Chad Ochocinco combo at receiver? I for one am not sold on them as a tandem, at least not at this time in T.O.'s career. Here are a few reasons why I don't think this pairing will work.
First, I don't think T.O. Can get off the ball anymore. If anyone has recently watched T.O. play, one thing has been glaringly obvious: he cannot get off of press coverage. In the last couple of years, more and more teams have used press coverage on him. Despite how physical a receiver he may appear, apparently its just a facade. The times when T.O. has been most effective is when he has been in the slot or when the opposing team has played off of him. With the Bengals and the roster of receivers that they have, they may be able to put T.O. in the slot a little bit with Antonio Bryant being there, but Bryant has to stay healthy, which has been a problem for him since he had knee surgery a year or so back when he was playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Other than Bryant, all the other receivers on the Bengals' roster are slot receivers.
Secondly, no matter what T.O. and Ochocinco say, they both want the ball. And looking at the Bengals offense last year, their isn't going to be many chances for both of them to get a ton of catches. The Bengals offense last year was powered by Cedric Benson, not the passing game. Sure, they may pass a little bit more this year, but I just don't think they will become a pass-happy team and scrap the whole model for success they built. This will create for some very animated sideline conversations.
And last but not least, the numbers don't lie. T.O.'s numbers have been declining for the last few years. Matter of fact, last year he didn't even reach 1,000 yards receiving. You can say it was because of the system in Buffalo, but when you are the number 1 receiver on a team, you get plenty of chances and I still remember T.O. having "alligator arms" from time to time and dropping sure catches. After all, he is in the top ten in dropped passes almost every year.
In closing, I look forward to seeing how this science experiment works out. There may be some exciting times, but I think there will be more lows than highs. Maybe one of the high points will be all the attention will be on Ochocinco and T.O. and Pacman will be able to fly under the radar. Maybe that's wishful thinking too.