Does Michael Johnson Miss The Bengals?

December 1st, 2014
A Cincinnati newspaper story is especially interesting considering Michael Johnson's poor play.

A Cincinnati newspaper story is especially interesting considering Michael Johnson’s poor play.

The search for defensive end Michael Johnson’s A-game continues. Some might say his B-game hasn’t arrived in Tampa, either.

Joe’s called Johnson an apparition. Others prefer the term “bust.”

Before yesterday’s ugly loss to the Bengals, Johnson’s former team, Lovie Smith issued a firm call to Johnson. Lovie declared Johnson was practicing like a champ and would be motivated against Cincinnati.

Lovie said a guy in Johnson’s position would want to show his old mates “exactly what you’re doing now.”

Sadly, that’s exactly what Johnson did. By Joe’s count, Johnson made one “play.” The stat sheet showed two tackles. His pass rush was non-existent.

The Cincinnati Enquirer penned a feature on Johnson this past weekend, and it eerily painted Johnson as a guy who isn’t totally comfortable in Florida and remains very attached to his former teammates.

Reporter Paul Dehner, Jr., says Johnson remains on the Bengals D-line group text and is analyzing Bengals film.

“He’ll bemoan some of the adjustments to his new life in Florida or critique technique on what’s occurring in Cincinnati,” Dehner wrote.

Joe not sure what the deal is with Johnson. Is he simply homesick? Somebody needs to find some answers.

Amazingly, Lovie Smith’s defense is surging without an edge rusher on the right side, and minus Lavonte David.

Imagine what could be if the Bucs actually replaced the apparition with an animal.

20 Responses to “Does Michael Johnson Miss The Bengals?”

  1. Another J Says:

    It’d be nice if we could send him back to Cincy.

  2. tmaxcon Says:

    Until he gets his game right he should be spending his time on bucs play book. this dude is a waste, soft and a thief for stealing glazer clown coin.

  3. 911bucs Says:

    cut him already

  4. Patrick in VA Says:

    If he wants out and the Bucs would clearly like to move on from the lack of production that he’s putting out, then I would think that both sides should be able to come to an agreement this off season that would allow him to go back to Cincinnati and not effect the Bucs. If both sides agree to nullify the contract then it seems like there should be no issue. I don’t know how cap numbers work but if he wants out that bad then why couldn’t both sides just call it a wash?

  5. tmaxcon Says:

    Patrick in VA – i highly doubt a union would ever let that happen no matter how logical it may seem.

  6. bucrightoff Says:

    The dead cap space means he’s here next year unless she becomes a total cancer. Horrible signing but anyone who realized we paid $17 million more in total contract money than the guy had sacks ($43 million for 26 sacks…) knew it was going to be a major gamble. No shocker he’s a bust.

  7. DallasBuc Says:

    You guys don’t know what you are talking about. This guy is a stud. Second coming of Simeon Rice. Really glad that he did not have to compete again Clayborn because that would have been a waste of time. Johnson is clearly better than Clayborn. Maybe the best FA pickup in history. Going get everyone in my family a Johnson jersey for Xmas!

  8. meh Says:

    Wait, this guy is looking at Bengals film other than just getting ready for the last game? He’s interacting with the Bengals D-lineman?

    This is even more offensive to me than his play.

    Dude, you changed teams. If you don’t want to be a Buc then GTFO out of Tampa.

  9. Pick6 Says:

    If one of my new hires were consulting at their old job with a competitor while failing to meet his job requirements at mine, I would not be a very happy boss

  10. Pick6 Says:

    Patrick in VA, the union is too busy making sure players don’t have to practice in the offseason or tackle during the season, they do not have time to help foster a mutually beneficial resolution for both player and team

  11. tweezydakidd Says:

    @dallasbuc… You forgot to put #sarcasm

  12. biff barker Says:


  13. DallasBuc Says:

    Tweezy- did I need to? I don’t hashtag sht but if I was that guy it would be redundant in this case.

  14. Zam Says:

    that’s appalling if true

  15. Shianowasaninsidejob Says:

    Dunno what’s so unique about the Bengals. I’ve seen the guy on the field, Bengals aren’t even close to the only ones he misses.

  16. DB55 Says:

    But but Lovie is a players coach. Players love to play for Lovie bc he treats them like men. Surely his top FA signing is loyal to him, surely!

    Again it makes me wonder why no other FA Bears signed with Lovie.

  17. mark2001 Says:

    DB…why? Because they saw a coach that couldn’t get his teams to the SB…unless his team was far above the talent of the competition…and that rarely happens..

    Please Mutley… Triumph the insult radio personality..or rile up the community, among them the G sons, and end the Lovie boat bad nightmare cruise.

  18. CC Says:

    The only bust bigger than Michael Johnson has been Lovie Smith.

  19. LargoBuc Says:

    I’m so disapointed in Johnson. we paid good money for him to produce and he has not shown up. I don’t get it.

  20. sho-nuff Says: