July 31, 2011
Chad Ochocinco: His Social Media Persona & The Patriots Way
BY: Joe Gill
He has 1,861,487 Facebook friends. He has 2,419,971 followers on Twitter. He has his own game, "Mad Chad" available on Itunes. He has invited fans out for dinner. He has ridden a bull, played soccer for Sporting Kansas City, sported a H.O. F 20?? Jacket and co-starred on the T.O. Ocho show with fellow wideout, Terrell Owens.
Not exactly the "Patriots' Way"(well, his Twitter avatar and profile now have him as a Patriot).
In 2010, #85 en espanol had 67 catches for 831 yards with four scores. The Patriots leading receiver last season was Wes Welker who had 86 grabs for 848 yards with seven scores. To say that Chad Ochocinco is on the "back nine" is a little pre-mature. He still has the skills, passion and athleticism to be a dangerous weapon in quarterback Tom Brady's arsenal.
Ochocinco's playful antics like the HOF jacket will not be tolerated in Foxboro.
The question on everyone's mind, can Chad Johnson hold the "Ochocinco" persona at bay during the season? It is no secret that Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick is not a fan of disruptions and distractions. He expects his players to have one focus which is on football and for them to "do their job". He is not in tune with social media as illustrated by this quote, "I don't Twitter, I don't MyFace, I don't YearBook, I don't do any of those things."
Chad Ochocinco addressed the media about how he would adapt to and adopt the "Patriots Way". He said that he would not be speaking to the media as much as he did while he was a member of the Bengals. He also mentioned that "Ochocinco" is part of his game but he would do it the "Patriots Way". Chad showed his signature playfulness during his interview with the Boston media, "Before we go, I don't know you guys, but can I get a group hug?". Not a bad way to break the ice.
Players like Randy Moss and Corey Dillon also adopted the team doctrine, but after some great success they reverted back to their old ways and relentless whining. They ran their course and soon were shipped out of town. Chad Ochocinco is not cut of the same cloth as Dillon and Moss.
He truly is a good soul and has a love for the game like his good old buddy, Bill Belichick. However, he will need to keep his off field brand in check as he builds his Patriots' brand in Foxboro. Because no player donning the "Flying Elvis" on his helmet, is bigger than team, not even one with two million Twitter followers.
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