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Bruschi calls out Ochocinco for tweeting too much

Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:48 am
Ochocinco was impressed with Brady, Bruschi less so with Ochocinco. (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

At best, new Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has been slow to learn the playbook. At worst, he's been ineffective and looks out of his element. Either way, it's been a rough start in New England for the six-time Pro Bowler, so much so that there was even speculation during the preseason that he might not make the 53-man roster.

He avoided the turk but was on the field for just 18 snaps against the Dolphins Monday night, catching a single pass for 14 yards. Still, the Patriots won 38-24 and quarterback Tom Brady threw for 517 yards, good for fifth-best in NFL history. And while Ochocinco had very little to do with the Pats' offensive explosion, he was in awe nonetheless. In fact, he took to Twitter Tuesday to extol Brady's awesomeness (sic'd):

"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"

Turns out, that was a bad idea. Former Patriots linebacker-turned-ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi teed off on Ochocinco for the tweet. Not so much because of its content, but because Ochocinco should have better ways to spend his free time.

Appearing on Boston radio WEEI, Bruschi broke out the soap box and got to work (via's Tom Curran).

"Drop the awe factor, OK, Ocho, Chad, drop the awe factor," Bruschi began. "You're not a fan, all right? 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.

"Stop tweeting and get in your playbook," Bruschi raged. "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 its 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. All of a sudden it's second nature. 'I know I was supposed do that, yes I went 99 yards, I threw for 517 you know why? Because we're that good and that's what we're supposed to do and that's what I thought we were gonna do.' You are still in awe to be a member of the New England Patriots offense. Join the system, buddy."

Bruschi wasn't done: "They need [Ochocinco] to be a part of that jaw-dropping offense. … [Chad] close your mouth. Put your hand under your chin and close your jaw. Then open your eyes and watch some film. That's what you need to do. If you're still in awe that means you don't get it because you don't understand it."

When Ochocinco arrived in New England in July he told the media that he had no plans to draw attention to himself. "I've always been a chameleon, so I am going to blend in and do it the Patriot way, which is win."

To be fair, Chad has been relatively quiet. Unfortunately, that silence includes his lack of productivity, which why Bruschi's shining that hot, white interrogation spotlight directly on Ochocinco.

No idea what happens next but we're guessing Chad will tweet about it.

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Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:41 pm

Bruschi calls out Ochocinco for tweeting too much

 Chad was a 2nd round draft pick,  Brusci was selected in the 3rd round.
While I am no fan of Bruschi's, I think you should know that being drafted higher does not grant you superior credibility in the NFL.  Do you know who else was drafted after Ochocinco?  Some guy named Tom Brady, 6th round.  And yet, I get the feeling that Ochocinco should probably take his marching orders from number 12.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:36 pm

Bruschi calls out Ochocinco for tweeting too much

Bruschi is an idiot who just wanted to get in the headlines.  I don't care how great an offense is, throwing for 517 yards is always amazing.  "The system" doesn't lead to 500 yard games.  No Patriot expects to throw for 500 yards each game, including Brady.  So yeah, inside and out the Pats had an amazing game. 

Bruschi is such a tool that he jumps all over this perfectly innocent remark (which at less than 140 characters wasn't that much of a distraction) just to say something people will care about.  God knows his analysis contributions are a good ways behind even Mark Schlereth.  The only question he can answer is "why are the Patriots so great?"  Then he talks about unselfish play and the Patriot way and how no one man is bigger than the team and the unsentimental personnal decisions; anything else and the dude is in over his head.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 6:34 pm

Bruschi calls out Ochocinco for tweeting too much

Tedy, I love you to death and your still one of favorite Patriots ever, but Ocho hasn't had enough time to learn this offense and roll with it.  I don't think his tweet(s) have anything to do with his performance.  Wes Welker, Deoin Branch, Gronkowski and Hernandez have already played in this system.  They know it well, the routes, the timing, all of it.  Because of the lockout Ocho is still in learning mode and training camp mode.  The fact he wasn't targeted at all in this game is because The Coach knows it as well as Brady.  By week 5 or 6 Ocho will have a better understanding of the system and will get more looks.  But what a situation to be in for the Patriots!  They already have a great offense and they have another weapon on the horizon. 

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2011 6:10 pm

Bruschi calls out Ochocinco for tweeting too much

My entire thing is why draw attention to yourself?  I know, I know, that's what the clown does.  But when you are a clown, act like a clown, build a reputation of a clown, and then don't perform and still draw attention to yourself, you will get attention, just now the type you apparently wanted.  BB was PISSED at Welker for the foot comments last year before the playoff game against the Jets.  And the Pats lost.  After that, I'd imagine the NE organization wants even LESS to see the players make dumb comments, especially ones that don't even perform to begin with.

Maybe Bruschi overreacted, but he did that because his job is sensationalism.  Ocho claimed he was a believer of the Patriots way but he still has this tweet addiction.  Who else on the Patriots uses twitter?  I don't know maybe some do, but I never see their tweets so I lean towards nobody else does.  I apologize in advance if I am wrong on this.

I would also bet money that Bruschi was asked to make those comments by people within the Pats organization, possibly Kraft and BB themselves and a few of the players.  He is still very close to that organization.  Bruschi was more a friendly warning for Ocho than anything else, if he doesn't get with the program they will cut him by October. 

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