CINCINNATI -- Receiver Andre Caldwell wore flashy orange shorts -- not the required black ones -- for the Bengals' first walkthrough at training camp. Last player onto the field? Receiver Jerome Simpson.
Uh-uh. Not this year.
"We were able to get that corrected immediately," coach Marvin Lewis said. "And so I thought, 'Wow, now we've really turned the page and closed the chapter."'
Yes, the Bengals have ridded themselves of the diva receivers that brought the franchise attention but little success. The Cradle of Cockiness has become just another NFL locker room -- no strutting, no trash-talking, no rule-breaking tweeting, no reality show promoting.
Terrell Owens is a free agent, rehabbing his reconstructed left knee while cameras roll for his cable TV show. Chad Ochocinco is tweeting away in New England.
Cincinnati is a diva-free zone, and it's refreshing.
"As far as whether it was a distraction, that's not my call," offensive lineman Bobbie Williams said. "But you know what? Evidently at some points, at some times it could have been whatever you want to call it."
Call it what it was -- something that took the focus off winning.
The T.Ocho show was clearly a distraction. The receivers who dubbed themselves "Batman and Robin" dominated the locker room. The Bengals lost 10 consecutive games, finished 4-12 and dumped the self-proclaimed superheroes, letting someone inherit the title.
Which city will become the next Diva Domain?
Maybe New England, where Bill Belichick is trying to do what Lewis could not -- keep it about the team rather than the tweets.
"I will always be me," Ochocinco said, after arriving for camp. "It has been a part of my game to always be me, but there is a certain way the Patriots do it. It's easy for me. I've always been a chameleon, so I am going to blend in and do it the Patriot way, which is win.
"We had our talk, and without him (Belichick) even having to saying anything -- there is no need for some of the stuff I did before. There's no need for it."
Of course, it's not the first time he announced that he was changing his ways, only to change back when it fit his self-promoting purposes.
What about San Francisco, where they're used to having a brash receiver who wears No. 81 and undercuts his quarterback? Braylon Edwards went from the East Coast to the West Coast and got Owens' old number. Will that be only one of many similarities?
"Listen here, that number is temporary," Edwards said. "Seventeen is being used right now and I'm trying to figure out how that's going to work for the season, but 81 is temporary and I'm trying to look for a new number. I'm not trying to be known as the next him or anything related to him, and maybe not even 17."
He got a one-year deal and a challenge from coach Jim Harbaugh to clean up his act and stay out of trouble.
"I think I've put myself in some situations that I'm to blame for, and coming out here is a good, fresh start to get a clean, fresh slate with people that I trust," Edwards said.
Plaxico Burress is out of prison and on the big stage in New York. He accidentally shot himself in the leg at a Manhattan nightclub in 2008 and served 20 months in prison. The Jets gave him a one-year deal and a chance to show that those months of cleaning toilets and mopping prison floors had changed his perspective.
He'll be under the biggest scrutiny in New York, which loves its figures big and bold.
"When something's taken away from you that you love, you know you love it more," Burress said. "You learn that playing in this business is definitely a privilege."
Yes, Pittsburgh, which prefers its stars to be rugged, quiet types. Hines Ward went out of type by winning the latest "Dancing With the Stars" competition -- the same TV route Ochocinco took a year earlier, without as much success. Then, Ward was arrested for drunken driving in Atlanta.
When he scored in a preseason game, Ward celebrated with some Samba.
"All the guys have been ragging on me all season about doing something," he said.
Still, it's a stretch to think of the former Super Bowl MVP as a diva -- unless he keeps kicking up his heels after crossing the goal line, which is not likely.
The season is starting without two of its biggest pass-catching divas. Randy Moss has retired. Owens is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, which was the subject of his latest cable reality show.
Those that relocated on those low-risk contract deals know they have little room to show off or mess up. And if any teams are still wondering what can happen if they give their divas too much latitude, they can look to Cincinnati.
The Bengals allowed Ochocinco to do what he wanted -- list cornerbacks who couldn't cover him, send Pepto-Bismol to opposing locker rooms, celebrate touchdowns with sideline props, wear flashy gold cleats and bright orange shorts in practice -- and it filtered down.
Lewis was reminded of the diva effect when Caldwell wore the wrong shorts and Simpson was the last one on the field for that first training camp workout.
"It was hilarious because old habits are hard to break," Lewis said. "And that's my fault. Shame on me."