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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 26, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:27 pm

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

Scarlett Johansson was mention in article, so - find out more about real Scarlett by typing Scarlett Johansson clone in Google search bar and you would see much more then in The Island movie..

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:15 pm

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

Explains the fall of production.

Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:03 pm

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

I didn't know until I read this that 85 was still playing in "Pue" England, I knew when he went there he was not going to be a factor, I am just glad that Bill Belichick sees that to.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:54 pm

On Talent Alone, 85 is Relevant

Part of me agrees with Chiledipper.  I was so sick of Johnson's antics on and off the field (and on the sidelines, for that matter).  Wearing the sombrero, the fur coat, proposing to a cheerleader etc... were things that I wasn't fond of.  Steve Young was the performer I most admired.  Even in the Super Bowl against Stan Humphries and the Chargers, Young, even after having thrown his 6th touchdown of the game, merely unsnapped his chin strap and walked to the sideline.  He reserved his celebration until after the final whistle and spared us the antics.  But that's who Steve Young was.

I'm not picking on Johnson (aka Ochocinco), and I do agree that he has handled this season very admirably in the circumstances.  He has been nothing but professional and has kept his mouth shut.  Smart on his part, as he now has a chance at a ring that he so desperately wants.  I am not convinced that the Patriots won't have something up their sleeves for him come game day.  In true Belichick fashion, the game planning frequently features a guy who has been discounted and not seen or heard from for weeks.  In Chad's case, for over a year.  I see Johnson as being that surprise offensive element.  He still has enough speed, his routes are still crisp and the hands are as good as they have ever been.  He just simply hasn't been part of the game plan.  I can almost see Brady and Belichick sitting around a table saying in unison "Yeah, it's time to break Chad out of his slump."  And I can see it working, with everything else the Patriots have on offense.

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:04 pm

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

Birds of a feather stick together - (I think is the saying)

Off to TAMPA with ''FAT ALBERT'' is probably the best solution - who knows??

To us on the outside, his presence with the PATS this year was MEANINGLESS, good luck to him in the future but not I don't think with the PATS.

Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:35 pm

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

I think Chad should be given credit for handling this season quietly.  He has never done that before.  Its a big step forward.  You may see him featured (or at least active) in the SuperBowl.  BB loves to throw in new things in the game plan and that would be a surprise move.

Chad is past his prime, but he could contribute, if mentally he is willing to be a back-up.  He seems like he is willing in NE to do that.  We shouldn't bash him for that.

Chad's big advantage for his whole career was he was great route runner.  He could do the whole route tree and would explode in and out of his breaks.  NE has a different philosophy then the route tree ideas of Bratkowski in Cincy.  They have more of an option idea based off what the defense does to defend.  This requires a complete overhaul of what Chad has been doing.  I am not sure he can do it at this stage of his career to make that transition to a completely different way of attacking the opposing defenses, but I laud him praise for trying and not melting down due to things not going his way.  I really appreciate that he has worked hard and been very quiet about the situation.

I am not sure what he has left on the field, but I am happy that he is handling this like a true professional.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 28, 2012 1:31 pm

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

Those that choose to rip on Ocho for this season are doing it based on his past behaviour. He has been a model teammate in New England, and the things he's done like send a fan to a playoff game, have been great PR for him, and the Patriots. The fact that he's become pretty much insignificant in New England, and we haven't heard him complain about it shows that he's enjoying being on a winning team, and that he's more mature than Moss or TO. Not necessarily a fan of Ocho, but I have to give him credit where credit's due this season.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 12:57 pm

Ochocinco leans on T.O., Moss for support

Given the mouthy crap we all been forced to endure from Chad Ochocinco for a decade, I think this is a fitting end to his career i.e. his being relegated to virtual anonymity and most importantly the bench!  

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