Look, I'm not someone who will have a #85 C. Johnson or Ochocinco jersey anytime soon, but the hatchet job by Gregg Doyel was ridiculous. As former Cincinnati Post writer and 1530Homer blogger C. Trent Rosecrans often preaches...don't ask a question that makes you the story. That's exactly what Doyel was doing, making himself the story.
Think about it this way. In the new Call of Duty, there's a scene where you are infiltrating a terrorist cell, and as a result you have to shoot up an airport full of innocent people. In my opinion, this level was more about drawing attention to the game than actually being relevant to the plot. LOOK AT US!! WE CAN BE CONTROVERSIAL!!
Same applies here for Doyel. Trust me, I'm not saying Chad is the best team player of all-time. His act is wearing extremely thin with me and I'm sure with other players on the team. But, in contrast to '05, the 2009 Bengals finally have the maturity and the locker room presence to basically ignore all of Chad's faults and just benefit from his positives.
Doyel is right that Chad's behavior is (at times) childish...but it's not like that is something new. Chad plays it off as being ultra-competitive, I call it acting like a spoiled child. This has been going on his entire tenure in Cincinnati.
One thing that has changed sine 2005 is that Chad knows that even when his stat line are zero's across the board, if the Bengals keep winning, he stays relevant. So even though internally he's frustrated about not dancing across the endzone, he's now smart enough to realize that a winning Bengals team means the playoffs. And playoffs could mean the Super Bowl...and that keeps Chad on your TV, in your newspapers, and on the Internet machine deep into the winter months.
I'm not Chad's biggest fan, but Doyel was out of line this time.