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The Rick
11-02-2005, 03:59 PM
Chad's List Replaced by Coach Lewis'

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer 26 minutes ago

CINCINNATI - Chad Johnson has a new editor for his provocative checklists an unamused head coach with a finger on the delete key.

The Bengals' star receiver created a special list for his locker this week, tweaking the Baltimore Ravens as a lead-up to their game. When he arrived on Wednesday morning, he found it had been replaced.

A new checklist challenged the Pro Bowl receiver to study, block and lead and, indirectly, to keep his mouth shut heading into a game that the Bengals (6-2) need to win to ensure they'll stay in first place in the AFC North.

Coach Marvin Lewis was now editor-in-chief.

"He messed up my fun for the week, man," Johnson said with a disappointed shake of his shaved head.

Lewis quickly and proudly fessed up to replacing the provocative checklist late Tuesday night, laminating his version just before midnight.

"His list was good. My list is important," Lewis said with a broad smile and serious tone. "It's up there."

And there it shall stay, replacing one that wasn't up long enough for outsiders to see. Johnson declined to say what was on it, fearing his coach's wrath.

"He took it," Johnson said. "That could have made the Hall of Fame of all lists. That was a good one."

It wasn't his first.

At the start of the season, Johnson posted a laminated list in his locker with a headline asking: Who covered No. 85 in '05? Each opponent and its top cornerback was listed below, followed by checkoff boxes for a "yes" or a "no" decision.

At road games, fans have made up their own versions of the checklist, having a little fun with the fun-loving receiver. Lewis hated the list, bristling whenever it was mentioned. But he left Johnson's locker alone until now.

Johnson is particularly excited facing the Ravens' defense. He has spent time learning techniques from Deion Sanders, and heard a lot of stories about Ray Lewis from his head coach, who was the Ravens' defensive coordinator when they won the 2000 NFL title.

"This is my week here, man," Johnson said. "This is the week of all weeks. I've been waiting for Baltimore."

Last year, Johnson had two solid games against the Ravens. He caught eight passes for 99 yards in a 23-9 loss in Cincinnati, then caught 10 passes for 161 yards in a 27-26 comeback victory in Baltimore.

At his coach's insistence, Johnson has toned down his talk leading up to games this season no more win guarantees, no more antacid shipments to opposing defensive backs. The only thing that stood out was his checklist.

When Lewis learned of the new one during the players' day off Tuesday, he made sure no one would see it. Lewis posted his own list asking whether Johnson does everything necessary this week study extra tape, block, avoid mental errors and so forth to help his team win, followed by blank "yes" and "no" boxes.

Asked which one of them would decide which boxes to check after the game, Lewis summed up the entire situation in one word.

"Me," he said.

11-02-2005, 04:06 PM
That is the way to be a coach right there. Take to him at his level.

11-02-2005, 04:09 PM
Nice ****ing work. I'm impressed.

11-02-2005, 04:28 PM
Man, I wanted Marvin Lewis as our HC in 2000.

My money says we'd be a hell of a lot better team right now.

11-02-2005, 04:34 PM
I like that! kudos to Marvin Lewis, he's really a hell of a coach

11-02-2005, 04:43 PM
Marvin Lewis as the HC and Da'Gun as the DC ?

Would two defensive minded guys like this be able to co-exist on the same team?


Bet it wouldn't be our defense struggling right now!



11-02-2005, 04:58 PM
My list for Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson is da fool. Yes __ No __
Chad Johnson is retarded Yes __ No __
Chad Johnson should STFU and play football Yes __ No __
Chad Johson is gay Yes __ No __
Chad Johnson wears women panties underneath his uniform Yes __ No __
Chad Johnson drives you *****ing crazy Yes __ No __
Chad Johnson is an overrated egomaniac Yes __ No __
Chad Johnson cries when the ball isn't thrown his way Yes __ No __

11-02-2005, 07:36 PM
I'll also give some props to chad johnson for respecting the wishes of his coach and toning it down. I can just picture someone like TO making a big production out of it instead following the lead of his coach.

Chad Johnson is a little too hollywood for my tastes, but he's a helluva receiver. A little humility and I might actually like the guy.

11-02-2005, 07:41 PM
Chad Lewis's routines are actually pretty clever.

Rain Man
11-02-2005, 07:46 PM
To be honest, I don't mind Chad Johnson. All of his antics are egotistical to be sure, but they're also inevitably aimed at getting into the minds of the opposing team. It's not just a "me first" show, or if it is, it's at least got a greater purpose. If he was a Chief, I'd love him.

11-02-2005, 07:53 PM
Wow, that Marvin Lewis is such a disciplinarian.

If he had any balls at all, he would've shut CJ up going back to Week 10 of the 2003 season.

11-02-2005, 08:13 PM
Chad Lewis's routines are actually pretty clever.

Yeah Chad Johnson is not to shabby either...