Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 8/1/12
DAVIE, Fla. Thank goodness Chad Johnson is back. I mean the old Chad Johnson, and I mean really, really back. As in, Damn, that (expletive) is crazy! back. Thats all you could conclude after Johnson, the Miami Dolphins, ahem, outspoken wide receiver held his first media session of training camp on Wednesday. And it was a doozy. Upon being asked why his fingernails (and toenails) are painted black, Johnson actually invoked the name of Gene Simmons, the rocker and former KISS frontman. I was hanging with Gene Simmons during the offseason a little bit, working on some music him and I were doing, Johnson said casually. So Im somewhat a rocker, hippie, smoking weed, (expletive) like that. On what he learned last season while playing with New England: I learned to shut the (expletive) up. For a year. I never thought I could do it. I did it. On whether he still has his old speed. Are you watching? Have you been out there? he replied. Im fast as (expletive). You find somebody to beat me running, let me know. Did I mention the media session was peppered with well-timed and humorous cursing? Johnsons advice? Just bleep the cursing out; thats who I am. For Johnson, who grew up in this town, Wednesdays media session was cathartic. This was Chad Johnson, the six-time Pro Bowl selection with the Cincinnati Bengals. This was the Chad Johnson who grew up in Miamis rough Liberty City neighborhood and later attended Miami Beach High School. This wasnt last years Chad Ochocinco. That guy sulked and only mustered 15 receptions for 276 yards and one touchdown for the Patriots. He watched New England advance to the Super Bowl without his help. That guy is gone. What Johnson did Wednesday, and in the weeks prior to Wednesday, was re-establish himself as a fun-loving, loose guy who is capable of saying anything, at any time. And he can make people laugh in the process. Thats what he loves to do, keep the team loose on and off the field. That didnt happen with the Patriots. It feels good to be able to breathe again, without getting into it, he said. You should know what I mean . What youre seeing now, what youre hearing as far as in camp, thats the way it used to be for 10 years straight. Those were the days Johnson was one of the NFLs most feared wide receivers. Things are different now. Johnson is, in his words, thirty-(expletive)-four years old. Hes not even guaranteed a roster spot with Miami. Hes realistic about his situation. Johnson admitted he was horrible last season. He said he never lost confidence but said he questioned himself and asked himself why he couldnt fit in with what he called the greatest coach and quarterback tandem in NFL history in Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Johnson never found that answer, but he said it doesnt matter now. Last year is over. Let the good times roll. And they did Wednesday. Im not a bad guy, he said. I just like having fun. At one point Johnson joked he might have to pursue a career in pornography if this football thing doesnt work. He also joked he might take the Dolphins young wide receivers to a local strip club. Before leaving the interview session he asked media members to follow him on Twitter because my numbers are low. Johnson, of course, has 3.6 million Twitter followers and is one of the most followed people in the world. On a more sobering note, Johnson seemed incredibly aware of his situation, from all angles. I had a bad year. Finally, he said of last season. I handled my business for a decade straight. A lot of us tend to forget that. A decade. I hit an obstacle. I didnt complain. I didnt become a distraction. I took the bullet. And hes confident hell bounce back to his old form. Why? Because Im good, he said. Im really good. If nothing else, Johnson seems to be achieving his goal of keeping everybody loose. Coach Joe Philbin didnt notice Johnsons black fingernails, but the thought made him laugh. There are certain things that are important to me, Philbin said with a smile on his face. Fingernail preference isnt high on my list right now. I dont think right now its a big deal. The most important thing is Johnson getting back to his form of a few years ago. Of course, in his mind hes already there. Listen to quarterback Matt Moore: We were leaving the facility one night, and we had a day off the next day. I asked Chad what he was going to be doing and he said, I dont know, but I bet Ill be open.
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