Chad Johnson hasn’t played an actual NFL game since 2011. In fact, in 2012, Johnson was arrested and entered a plea of no contest to misdemeanor domestic battery, receiving one year probation. In May of this year, a warrant was issued for his arrest for allegedly violating the terms of his probation. Finally, in June of this year, he was sentenced to thirty days in jail for violating his probation; he ended up serving seven days after apologizing to the court.
All of that aside, he apparently has high hopes for the Chargers this year. He was recently asked by a fan on Twitter about his thoughts on the San Diego Chargers chances. The six time Pro-Bowlers response?
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) July 11, 2013
Does it really matter what this washed up NFL player thinks about the Chargers chances this year? Not really. However, it does show us that the perception of this team may differ from the media and player’s perspectives. Recently, both Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates have been questioned by media members, Rivers being questioned by ESPN’s Ron Jaworski and Antonio Gates being called overrated by NFL.com.
Sometimes, we need to filter out the negative noise and just remember that probably 75% of the league would sign either guy in a heartbeat on the open market. If the Chargers have any chance at competing this year, they’ll need both to play up to their abilities.