Lack of smack hurts Ocho's mojo

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:24 AM ET

The Chad Ochocinco show has taken a major turn for the worse this season.

According to Ochocinco, his woes stem from acting too mature.

You read that right.

"I haven't been the Chad of old, the Chad that we're all used to -- the boisterous, sometimes borderline cocky, arrogant," Ochocinco told ESPN.

"But that's the way I am and that's what everybody feeds off as a city and as an organization, and I haven't been that.

"I think when I do come back (from a bye week), I'm going back to the Chad of old."

Ochocinco, a six-time Pro bowl receiver, has stumbled, along with most other members of 2-3 Cincinnati's offence.

He was responsible for a key interception in last Sunday's loss.

"It's easy, easy money," Ochocinco said of the play. "I basically lost the game.

"I missed it. That's what I mean about the confidence. The confident Chad catches that ball 10 times out of 10."

He continued: "You know, you're 32, you're trying to be a little bit more mature and try a different approach, that doesn't work. It's not working."

No word on whether equally outspoken teammate Terrell Owens -- who is one Bengal having a solid campaign -- will also run his mouth more often.


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