After Tom Brady’s 517 yard, 4 TD performance in the Patriots’ 38-24 rout of the Miami Dolphins, Ochocinco tweeted ¬†in ‘awe’ of the 3 time Superbowl Champion Quarterback:¬†”Just waking up after a late arrival, I’ve never seen a machine operate like that n person, to see video game numbers put up n person was WOW.”
Tedy Bruschi was swift to react during his weekly¬†segment¬†on WEEI Sports Radio saying that Ochocinco needed to¬†”drop the awe factor” and “stop tweeting and get in your playbook.” ¬†Out of Brady’s 517 passing yards, only 14 of those went Ocho’s way on one reception. There were five receivers who finished with more yards, including Mathew Slater who got his first ever NFL reception as well as the two Tight Ends Hernandez and Rob Gronkowksi.
Bruschi clearly wasn’t impressed. He continued to say,¬†”You’re not someone who’s on another team or watching TV…You’re not an analyst. You’re a part of it. They want you to be a part of it. So get with the program because obviously you’re not getting it and you’re tweeting because you’re saying, ‘It’s amazing to see’? It’s amazing to see because you don’t understand it. You still don’t understand it and it’s amazing to you because you can’t get it.
“Wake up! If you’re just waking up now — I don’t know when this was, six minutes ago? — get out your bed and get to the stadium and watch some film if you still think it’s amazing. If you’re in it and you know what you’re doing and you execute out there, you don’t think it’s amazing. You know why? Because it’s what you’re supposed to do.”
This is the most passionate I have heard Teddy Bruschi since he retired after his 13 year career with the New England Patriots but was his rant justified? Was he hitting the point?
I don’t think so.
Ochocinco joined one of the most complex offenses in the NFL and, coming from what is described by some as one of the simplest in¬†Cincinnati, it was always going to be tough to pick it up quickly. On top of that, he came¬†without¬†the¬†usual¬†Organised Team Activities and off season workouts with his team mates. He was coming in and competing with the likes of Welker, Branch, Gronkowski and Hernandez who were¬†already¬†accomplished players in the team’s unit.
There was so much hype over Ochocinco coming to the Patriots that there was almost a little too much pressure put on his shoulders to perform. That was, in part, down to the supposed need for a down the field threat and I am on record as saying a number of times that we just didn’t need one. People overreacted and tried to dig deep to find an excuse for another first round playoff loss after a spectacular 14-2 season with an offense which broke numerous more records. The¬†simplicity¬†of it was we were out-coached, and out-played on that day.
Saying that, I still liked the signing. He added another dimension to our offense and it shut the people demanding for that ¬†deep threat up. However those same people¬†wanted¬†Ochocinco to come in and put up big numbers and that’s when¬†he started to put more weight on his own! On top of his eagerness to show Belichick, someone he has described as a father figure that he was right in bringing him in, he had the fans and that has pushed him to what I believe is trying almost too hard. He needs to settle down…chill a little.¬†The fact of the matter is Chad doesn’t need big numbers and nor did I expect him to get them. He adds another dimension just being on the field as teams respect the threat he poses.
Is he not trying hard enough? That’s the most stupid assumption there is. We all know from what was seen in Training Camp and what the likes of¬†Mike¬†Reiss reported that he was putting in a lot of work. He seemed to come down on himself a little too hard when he made a drop or ran a¬†route¬†wrong as well…but most know the best players have short memories and just learn and forget.
I don’t think Chad needs to stop tweeting…or playing FIFA for that matter. Half the Patriots’ team have twitter and I have definitely noticed a considerable drop off in his activity on there since he came along. You have to let Ochocinco be Ochocinco; to an extent anyway. You take away the man and you take away the beast of a player that he has been and can potentially be for us.
He’s struggling. Will he pick it up? I think so yes but it’s going to take some more time. You may not see him catch on and play an active role until later in the season, but I’m okay with that. People need to get off his back and allow him in return to lighten the weight he puts on his own shoulders and Bruschi…he’s not in that locker room anymore. I respect his opinions greatly and no other player can preach the Patriot Way better than he can but he isn’t there and he doesn’t see how hard Ochocinco works. Granted neither do I, but you don’t have to look far on the web to find out just how much effort he really is putting in.¬†Therefore Bruschi massively overreacted with his comments.
Chad will continue to put in effort, that effort will bare fruits as the season goes on, and analysts¬†like¬†Bruschi need to lay off of him and let him do his thing. If Bill gets tired of it, we know what he will do!
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