Against New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis in the regular-season finale, Chad Ochocinco failed to catch a pass for the first time since opening day 2002. In their playoff rematch a week later, Ochocinco caught two passes for 28 yards.
RevisOchocincoEven so, Ochocinco refuses to call Revis a "shutdown corner."
Ochocinco sat down with the NFL Network after Pro Bowl practice Wednesday. On the panel were host Rich Eisen and analysts Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin.
Revis' name was broached almost immediately.
"We have a guy that's had one great season, and we want to label him a shutdown corner," Ochocino said.
Sanders interrupted, "He is that, Chad."
"Child, please," Ochocinco replied. "When you came into the game, you did it over a period of time. He's got to put in years."
Ochocinco's contention was that the phrase "shutdown corner" can't be earned in one season. He had support from Irvin, but was antagonized by Sanders throughout the interview.
"He had a good game," Ochocinco said.
"Two of them," Sanders added with a smile.
"Child, please, on that first game," said Ochocinco, who was pulled at halftime along with the Bengals other top players.
"He's good, but the people around him also make him good. Nobody talks about that front line, putting pressure on the quarterback with in two seconds where that ball's got to come out of there.
Eisen asked Ochocinco for his thoughts about the one-on-one interview Sanders did with Revis before the Jets played the San Diego Chargers in the playoffs. In a name-association drill, Revis called Randy Moss and Terrell Owens slouches.
Ochocinco looked astonished.
"Is he for real?" Ochocinco said.