Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has an intriguing perspective Wednesday on the personality of his best receiver, Chad Ochocinco, during a teleconference with Baltimore media.
Asked if the media focuses too much on Ochocinco's antics and not his hard work on the field, Lewis said:
"He never says anything that's going to get anybody to swing at him, because he might have to defend himself and he can't do that. Everything he's going to be is somewhat [in] the challenge of playing the game. He likes to play against good people. I think that excites him. We've gone to preseason games, and they have a good corner and they don't play that guy, and all of a sudden he looks like somebody kicked him in the teeth because his dauber's down because he wants to compete against the best all the time. That's what makes Chad tick. He wants to compete against the best."
Ochocinco has predicted that the Bengals will win this season's Super Bowl, and earlier on Wednesday, he was tweeting trash talk to the Ravens' Willis McGahee.
"As I told you earlier, you guys listen to too much of the hot air that comes out of his mouth," Lewis said of Ochocinco. "I don't let that bother me. Luckily, [Tuesday] he didn't say anything because he was in the dentist chair all day, so that was a good thing."