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Ochocinco continues to struggle in New England

Posted on: October 17, 2011 2:50 pm
Ochocinco still looking to get comfortable in the Patriots' offense. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Patriots are 5-1, their latest win coming against the Cowboys on a late fourth-quarter scoring drive orchestrated by quarterback Tom Brady. Yes, it was all very familiar. But one of the team's big acquisitions during free agency, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, still looks uncomfortable in New England's offense.

Sunday, he was on the field for seven plays, and targeted just once. And the one time Brady threw in Chad's direction, the two weren't on the same page and the pass fell incomplete (which has been the case on several occasions this season).

"After the play, Brady could be seen yelling at Ochocinco as the wideout walked back toward the huddle," the Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young wrote Monday. "And fair or not, the exchange brought back memories of the Joey Galloway Experiment, a failure by any measure."

The experiment of which Young speaks took place two years ago. And on October 20, 2009, the Pats had seen enough and cut ties with Galloway, who had just seven catches for 67 yards, and wasn't even on the game-day roster the final three weeks of his tenure in New England.

At the time,'s Mike Reiss wrote that Galloway struggled with the offensive system, which sounds a lot like the issues that currently plague Ochocinco. The issue, it seems, is that the Patriots' offense is more complex than anything Chad saw during his ten years in Cincinnati, and it's not uncommon for Brady or other players to have to line him up properly before the snap.

So should Ochocinco be concerned about his immediate future in New England? Young offers some background.
With this being the Patriots bye week, every member of the team, from coaching staff to players, will be evaluated. There will be discussions about Ochocinco, who has nine catches for 136 yards through six games.

Part of the discussion when it comes to the 33-year old Ochocinco likely will be what the Patriots would lose if they cut ties: the team gave a fifth-round pick in 2012 as well as a sixth-rounder in 2013 to the Bengals. Ochocinco received a $4.5 million signing bonus as soon as he joined the team, and his base salary of $1 million is guaranteed because he was on the roster in Week
There was speculation that the Patriots were interested in Brandon Lloyd, who was traded from the Broncos to the Rams Monday. But even if Lloyd was still available, New England would be on the hook for nearly $6 million and Ochocinco's body of work suggests that sooner or later he'll emerge as a big-play target.

In the meantime, Ochocinco also provides depth behind veterans Wes Welker and Deion Branch. And unlike 2006, when Brady had no legitimate pass-catchers to speak of (Reche Caldwell was the team's leading receiver), Welker is one of the league's best wideouts, and tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski create matchup nightmares for opposing defenses.

That said, head coach Bill Belichick isn't afraid to cut bait with players who underperform, despite what they may have accomplished elsewhere, or what the Pats had to give up to get them (either through a draft pick or compensation).

For now, though, Ochocinco is still a Patriot.

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Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 6:34 pm

Ochocinco continues to struggle in New England

the stage is all set now for the Pats to steal the remaining 2012 draft picks from the's coming, and the Raiders will be dumb enough to do it!

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:44 am

Ochocinco continues to struggle in New England

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:44 am

Ochocinco continues to struggle in New England

Some say Chad needs time to figure out the PAts offense.  Well, he does not have time.  At 33, he is obviously in his coast along and grave until I retire mode.  He has no motivation to improve.  His salary is guaranteed, no one else wants him, and why learn complex new system when you will be on NFL Today as a color analyst next year?  Waste.

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:05 am

Ochocinco continues to struggle in New England

He's not going to come around.I live in cincinnati and can tell you his skills have been steadily decling for years.Glad to get rid of him.Stupid Patyriots for thinking he was any god.

Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 4:59 am

Ochocinco continues to struggle in New England

Give it Time he will come around im just Staring to learn how complex New England offense is give him until Week 10 Ochocinco will be making up for this slow start

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:27 am

Ochocinco continues to struggle in New England

Ever since Dancing with the Stars Ochostinko's star has not shined.  Okay, now that that's out of the way, how long before the Pats trade this bum for some draft picks?

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: October 17, 2011 5:30 pm

Ochocinco continues to struggle in New England

The Patriots are machine-like efficient professionals.  Everything is so precise and so cerebral.  The Patriots generally don't yap away, they've only done it twice: once before the Giants SB game and last year before the Jets playoff game.  Both are losses.  That's not the Patriots, that's not how they operate, and when they try it it throws them off and backfires.

Ocho simply does not fit.  The Pats should probably cut him.  Then maybe he'll go to the Jets where he does fit in.  Another washed up overhyped braggart that just won't deliver when the chips are down. 

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:51 pm

Ochocinco continues to struggle in New England

The funny thing is that in both NE games I have watched this year, the Miami and the Dallas game, Chad has been so irrelevant that I forgot he was even on the team.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:21 pm

Ochocinco continues to struggle in New England

For now, though, Ochocinco is still a Patriot.
Brady isn't throwing to someone who can't run his routes and get open. Chad is clueless. He's only good at self-promotion.

Ochochoko is most overrated WR in NFL history. He's never had a big game against a good team when it counted. He's all talk and cosmetic scores. What has he had done against Pittsburgh, Baltimore or in the post-season? Revis shut him down so much he couldn't tweet for a week. He talks the talk, but never walk the walk. That's why he's a joke.

Before long he'll come up with some injury to try to save face. The fact is he'll never be anything more than a WR who puts up good numbers when little is at stake.

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 3:52 pm

Ochocinco continues to struggle in New England

Its alright Ocho Stinko...The Raiders will take you to add with acquistion of Carson Palmer.

Come to the NATION...
Both of you guys are already familiar with Hugh Jackson's offense.

You can celebrate and Twitter all you want...Just as long as you "JUST WIN BABY" (RIP Mr. Davis)

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