Transcript: Chad Ochocinco, 12.30

One of the best interviews we’ve seen all year.  Enjoy!

Opening statement…

First of all, I want to tell you guys Merry Christmas.  I love you all.  Happy New Year coming up.

On his matchup with Darrelle Revis…

Look here, me and Revis is better than (Manny) Pacquiao and (Floyd) Mayweather.  Period.  Case closed.  I don’t care what anybody is doing Sunday night.  If you don’t tune in to the game Sunday, you have no life.   You have no life.  You (have) never seen a matchup like this ever before, from my understanding …

My friend Darrelle, Master Lock, I call him Master Lock.  Master Lock Revis has put a lot of great receivers on him this season.  That will not happen this upcoming (week).  Darrelle Revis couldn’t come at me in a brown paper bag on a corner of a Manhattan street in a phone booth.  It’s impossible.  I respect his work.  I sent out a tweet the other day watching him on film.  Jesus Christ.  The man is good.  He’s good.  I’m going to give him his props.  He’s a good friend of mine.  (He has) unbelievable feet, unbelievable hips, transition.  He’s extremely good at the line of scrimmage.  He’s just good, but that’s what I love.   You all know how I am.  I haven’t dealt with you very often, but you know my personality (and) you know my style of play.  This is what I look for on a Sunday and I finally get it.  I haven’t had an opportunity to play this type of individual in a very long time.

On if Revis is the best corner in the League…

It’s really hard.  You can’t really give somebody the best corner in the game when you have so many different styles of corners and the defenses they play are so different.  He is top tier.  There’s Nnamdi (Asomugha).  There’s Darrelle Revis.  There’s Champ Bailey.  This is how you rate a great corner:  Rex Ryan is extremely comfortable leaving Darrelle Revis on an island by himself.  That makes Darrelle Revis one of the best in the game.   It’s all about how you make your coordinator feel.  If your coordinator’s comfortable like that, that’s how you rate people as great corners.   He’s definitely one of the best, but I can’t wait to bless him.  They play games on Sundays so I can bless corners like him.

On if he’s watched film of Revis…

Unbelievable.  I’m a film head.  I study film.  This is how I do my film study: when I look at my schedule before the season started, I look at the DBs I’m playing.  Ahead of time, I get clips of those defensive backs from the season previous on some of the things they did in the previous season.  He was good back then and I had no clue.  He was a friend of mine off the field, but I had no clue he was this good on the field.  After watching him this year, hands down, he’s one of the best.  Case closed.  I’ll the first to tell you.  This is Chad on the phone, too.  This is me.  I give credit where credit is due and I can’t wait.

On how much he expects to play on Sunday…

I swear to God, I called Coach (Marvin) Lewis from after Sunday’s game to this point at least 20 times.  I asked him the same question, “Coach, please don’t get me excited.  How much are we playing?”  He gave me that little giggle and then  he said, “We’re playing the whole game.  We’re playing to win.”  I said, “OK. Now if you get me excited and you try to pull me out of the game, I’m not coming out.  I will force you to use every time out just to get me off the field.”  That’s what I plan to do.  I’m not coming off the field.  Period.  If Revis is in there, I’m in the game.  I’m not coming out.

On he has any celebrations planned for Sunday if he is able to score…

I have one that is going to be so good.  Everybody listening?  You know the guy in the stands with the fireman hat (Fireman Ed) that quiets the stadium?  OK, I have my own fireman hat made, but it doesn’t say Jets.   It’s a Bengals fireman hat.  When I score, I’m going to sit on top of the goal post and then I’m going to quiet the stadium like he does and I want everybody in the stadium to say, well there not going to say the Bengals, but everybody will get the point of what I’m trying to do.  I think it’s good one.  If I don’t use the goal post, I’ll get on top of one of my linemen’s shoulders.  I’m going out this season with a bang.  I don’t care what anybody says.  That’s the celebration of all celebrations.  I’m going out with a bang.

On going to the playoffs…

It feels so good.  I’m so excited.  If you know how I talk, I am so excited.  A lot of people will talk about the Pro Bowl.  “Chad you didn’t make the Pro Bowl.”  I don’t care.  What I think of the Pro Bowl, I’ve been there and done that.  It’s like being married for 30 years.  Once you’ve been married for so long, (expletive deleted) you get tired of it.  Right (laughter)?  Excuse me.  Excuse my language and for those who are married.  No offense (laughter).  I finally have something else to look forward to for a change.  It’s always been the Pro Bowl and then I go home.  Now we’re talking about postseason.  I am so pumped.  I’m so excited to have something else to play for besides Hawaii.  I’m thrilled.  I’m really not worried about the Pro Bowl, but I’m glad to have a chance to play for that Lombardi.

On how the team is dealing with the loss of Chris Henry…

For one, I’m feeling the most pain besides his family dealing with Chris’ situation.  (He) was one of my best friends on the team.  (He was) one of those people I took under my wing and I’ve seen him through the bad, the good and I’ve seen all the positives that he’s done up until that point before we lost him.  It hurt.  Everything from this point on after losing Chris is dedicated to him, including this run at the Super Bowl.  It’s been hard.  Everybody grieves and mourns differently so I’m not sure how the rest of my teammates are taking it.  Being able to focus and be a professional which is one of the things that Coach (Marvin) Lewis continues to reiterate in this time of our loss has been a real big help.  I’m doing the best I can.

On Laveranues Coles…

The sizzle man.  The sizzle man is the real deal.  He’s been a great help to me.  I’ve really stolen a lot of things from his game and added them to mine.  It’s been able to help me be successful this year in some of the things that I do.   (I) really have a more aggressive style of play by trying to be more like him.  He’s a true warrior.  He’s fought through injuries all year long and hasn’t missed any time, so he’s been a great addition to this offense.

On his celebration if he scores a touchdown this Sunday…

The celebration thing, that will be classic in Jets stadium.  That will be classic.

On if it would be gratifying to beat the Jets and ruin their chances for the playoffs…

We’re really not into playing the spoiler.  We want to come in and this is a dress rehearsal for that first playoff game to me.  That’s what it is.  Period.  I’m sure the Jets have their own plans.  I love Rex (Ryan).  He’s a very good friend of mine.  I would like to see him succeed at what he does.  He has one of the best defensive minds ever when it comes to playing against him.  I just want to got out there and win.  That’s it.  I just want to win for the organization (and) the fans of Cincy.  I want to come to New York and give you guys a show, give you a taste of 85.  (That’s) something you all don’t get to see very often and just take a bite out the Big Apple.

On the possibility of playing the Jets in the first round of the playoffs…

You think we can play them again? Oh, (expletive deleted). Are you sure or are you just pulling my chain? I like it. That would be me and Revis again. That’s like (Mayweather)-Pacquiao 2. He’s Pacquiao though. It’s going to be fun. The thought of playing him again. I don’t look at the team concept. I am looking at the individual that I get to face for four quarters straight and I have to be on top of my A-game. I love it. When you all see Darrelle tell Revis that I love him to death, but I got to bless him.

On how he and Revis became friends…

We were together in the offseason down in Miami. We went out together a couple of times. We had some mutual friends and with those mutual friends we went out to meet up. We were cool ever since then. I was in New York, I think it might have been a month ago and I caught Revis at a little night spot. It was really cool on one of my days off. We chalked it up there a little bit. I had some words for him then to let him know what I was going to do to him once this week got here. Being able to play him two weeks in a row would be even better. On Twitter, he has a lot of fans. They talk about nobody gets off Revis Island and all that stuff. I love it. I can’t wait to give Cincinnati a show, give you guys a show and to give the fans in New York a show. It’s going to be fun.

On his boxing training…

I do my boxing training every Monday and Tuesday. I don’t spar now. I was sparring all season. My cardio and conditioning right now is ridiculous. I could probably go to the Tour de France with Lance Armstrong and be able to last, based on the shape I am in now. It’s a good thing (that) I’ve been able to maintain my strength this season based on the training I did during the offseason.

On if he still wants a piece of Andre Berto…

He’s too little now.  He’s too little.  I don’t want to embarrass him at his own sport.

On who would win the trash talking battle between him and Bart Scott…

Bart is pretty cool.  I think he better keep his talking to a minimum because I’ll hit him in the mouth Sunday (laughter).  I’ll hit him in the mouth and I’m not playing.  I know he takes a lot of things I say as a joke and I’ll be playing.  I’m not playing this time because I’m playing for something else.  I’ll hit him in the mouth, helmet on or helmet off (laughter).  I’ll take that fine.

On if his Bengals fireman helmet was custom-made…

Yeah.  I had this planned in the offseason.  All I could think about is the guy who gets on the big guys shoulders and he quiets the stadium and does the Jets-Jets-Jets thing.  Hopefully the fans of New York will give me the same respect.  When I score, I’m going to get on my lineman’s shoulders and I’m going to quiet the stadium.  I want everybody to say Ocho, O-C-H-O.  You guys write about that.  Get it out there and tell them to please cooperate.  It’s a fun thing and it’s a great challenge for their defense to not let me in.  If I do get in, I’m pulling out the fireman helmet and I’m on top of my lineman’s shoulders.  They have to say the O-C-H-O, Ocho, Ocho, Ocho.  That’s fun.  I’m telling you what I’m going to do and I never let you down.  If I say I’m going to do something, I do it.  It’s just a challenge not just to myself, but to their defense also and Mr. Revis.