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Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

Posted on: January 28, 2012 10:54 am
Ochocinco on the 2011 season: 'I bought into the Patriot Way, and it paid off.' (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

Chad Ochocinco is the forgotten man in New England's offense. Acquired just before training camp, the former Bengals Pro Bowler was supposed to provide Tom Brady something he lacked since Randy Moss was shipped out of town a month into the 2010 season: a deep threat.

Ochocinco, in theory, would've been the final piece to a multi-dimensional passing offense that included two of the league's best tight ends in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez and the precision route-running of Wes Welker. Instead, Ochocinco, who finished the regular season with 15 receptions and one touchdown, played just one snap in the Patriots' Divisional playoff win over the Broncos and was inactive last week against the Ravens.

On Friday, Ochocinco spoke with the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian. Despite the lack of production this season, he said that he'd love to return to New England in 2012. But first things first: how has he coped with one of the toughest years of his NFL life? Randy Moss and Terrell Owens.

“For me, those guys were my outlets. Not Twitter,” he said. “To have those two guys in my corner, I talk to them all the time. (Moss) keeps me sane for 16 weeks, every week. Every week we talked. T.O., too. We’re close-knit, us so-called diva receivers. Who is going to understand what I’m talking about, or going through, from my standpoint? Not Bill (Belichick), not Tom (Brady). It’s like having my own personal support group. I love those two, man. I didn’t want to burden anyone else in here with that bull. They don’t want to hear that.”

There are countless theories for why Ochocinco's productivity tok a nosedive this season. One is that he's struggled to learn the Patriots' offense after spending 10 years in Cincinnati.

“Anything is different, when you’ve come from something you’re used to for so long. It’s like being married,” he said. “If I’m married to Halle Berry for 10 years, and her and I break up, and I marry Scarlett Johansson, there are going to be some things I have to adjust to based off what I’m used to. That’s just the way life is in general. What I was able to do was come in here and keep on working.”

So is Carson Palmer Halle Berry in this analogy? (Personally, we had him pegged for someone like Jennifer Garner: relevant seven or eight years ago before disappearing to have kids only to resurface in a promising situation. And, yes, the movie title is intentional.) And while Johannson's no slouch, Ochocinco has to go with Gisele Bündchen as his new wife, as a metaphor for his relationship with Tom Brady, right?

Either way, he says there's nothing bittersweet about finally making it to the Super Bowl despite having little to do with helping the Patriots get there.

“There’s a competitive side to me that is angry, the competitive nature in me that it didn’t go the way it normally has," Ochocinco said. "I routinely produce a certain way every year. So when that routine goes astray like it did this year, it feels funny. It’s something I had to get used to. But I took it in stride. I did everything I was asked on and off the field. I didn’t become disgruntled, as I’ve done in the past. When I want the ball, I’ve let it be known I want the ball. I didn’t do any of those things (this season). I bought into the Patriot Way, and it paid off. Maybe not the way everybody thought it would. I don’t know.

“Sometimes you work at something, and you don’t always get the results," he added. "Some people quit, some people keep grinding. I’m one of those who keeps grinding. And that’s it.”

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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:01 pm

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

Only read this piece because I thought it'd give me an opportunity to rant about these primadonna wastes of human flesh, but after finishing it all I can think is how sad it must be for these poor souls.  Can you imagine what it must be like to be so perfect and talented and wide open ALL THE TIME, and have no one throw you the ball 25 times a game?!?  I mean, come on people, have a heart.  It's good that Mr. Ochocinco has such smart, well balanced and understanding friends as Mr. Owens and Mr. Moss.  Theirs are not the spirits that any mere ungifted, non-exceptional mortal could ever truly appreciate, much less comprehend.  How noble the peerless Ochocinco is for enduring with complaint under the tyranny of the Belicheat and his lacky Lady Brady the Stingy.  We are all lesser men compared to him, for who among us would accept millions of dollars for half-hearted effort and negligible game impact?! No the Great Ocho has thankfully found the company of "men" of equal stature to help him carry this troublesome burden, and I'm sure the group circle jerk gets quite emotional.  I think we don't deserve to have his talents.  He and his two compachos need to start a NEW nfl: the PFL, or Primadonna Football League.  No Linemen, No Secondaries, and just replace the QBs with faceless throwing machines (ehm, real people might actually steal, er, "distract" some of the limelight from falling on the true heroes, the Receivers).  They should build 20 story cathedrals and play only twice a year, to ensure it doesn't get in the way of any endorsement obligations of course. Coaches would be needed, but would be required to commit hari-kari at halftime if they failed to properly display the awesome talents of their WRs. What a game!
Seriously though, can we just accept that while Chad might have had a few more years of serviceable play left in him if he'd gone to a team like Tennessee or Carolina or even Washington, but instead he chose to enter Bill's Dark World of No Fun.  Bill did it to squash him in front of everyone, and show them that he'd cut even a "star" out the gameplan if they didn't bootlick correctly.  Now Chad will likely be cut in the off season, go to some truly terrible grave of a team (Cleveland and Oakland come to mind) and finish his career with a whimper and, most likely, a complaining whine that he'll carry all the way thru his failed HOF bid elegibility year.
Other than this article, it IS nice to hear from/about this loudmouth less than in the past.  A league without the 3 Divas may even be enjoyable for a change.  Now we just need to hope that a loaded Gilette practice field gets claimed by Belicheat's master in a pre-season ball of hellfire and justice.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:16 am

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

I'm surprised he doesn't have Manny Ramirez on speed dial too

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:29 am

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

85 was a glory hound who put up very good numbers for a bunch of years. He tried to boost his image through goofy antics, which only cast a brighter light on his decline in the NFL. His playing abilities are definitely not in the company of TO and Moss, who will be in the Hall of Fame. His antics are clearly in that group. He made about as much of an impact on wins this year as the assistant groundskeeper. They may each get a ring.

Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:54 pm

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

Okay, it is too funny that they're all buddies. That'd be like Kim Jong Il and Fidel Castro being best buddies, or Mark Cuban and Donald Trump chillin. You have to wonder what kind of conversations those three would have...

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:08 pm

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

 Chad Johnson was an above average wide receiver for the 1st few years of his career, nothing more, nothing less. He made a concious choice to become a self promoter, clown, laughing stock. To his credit he got much attention, commercials, extra (non football related) cash, reality show, and most important a free ride to the Superbowl on the back of his new team. 
 As a football player he will simply be a footnote, a brief moment in a vast NFL history, comedy relief. Years from now NFL films will do a special on the all time NFL clowns. Chad should at least be in the top 3. The update may include an older Chad selling Ocho T-shirts, or hot dogs in front of Gillette stadium.  

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:06 pm

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

he has succeeded before but maybe he isn't studying hard enough to leqrn the NE offense. Ne wEngland ha slet players go before who flurished elsewhere. San Francisco seems to havea better coach staff that cuktivates its playersand a simpler offense. they need aphysically talented wide receiver...

Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:26 pm

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

What a joke!

I don't understand why a credible organization like NBC Sports would waste any ink on this clown.

For years he's been blaming his QB and Coach for his teams failures.  This year, he has a QB and Coach above reproach and where is Oucho Stinko?  Riding the pine on the bench.

He'll be lucky if he's even active for the game.  And unless Gronkowski is confined to a wheel chair, he'll never see the field.

So he reaches out to TO and Moss.  What's he trying to do, form a trio of Divas to sing the National Anthem?  Hell, if he's doing that he should also reach out to Braylon 'hands of stone' Edwards and form a quartet!      

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 12:51 pm

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

I don't know why he didn't go to Michael Irvan or Key noshow Johnson for advice as well!

Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:28 am

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

just make one huge play in the Super Bowl game - ONE HUGE play!

Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:58 am

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

PUE England...Figures your from the South. 1st Thats where your QB is from Boston Baby Matt Ryan BC. 2 Thats all you guys could score in the Playoffs...2 pts PU!!!!   Lets Go Pats!!! Superbowl Baby!!!!

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