Tag:Chad Ochocinco
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:18 pm

Brady defends Ochocinco's performance vs. Giants

Ochocinco was targeted five times and had zero catches. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We've become so accustomed to Patriots' double-digit win totals and the annual playoff appearances that we don't know quite what to make of them when they lose back-to-back games and look pretty bad in the process.

Much of the blame lies with the defense, which has been systematically dismantled by head coach Bill Belichick. But they're not the only reason for New England's recent struggles. The offense is a mess, too. Quarterback Tom Brady has looked indecisive in the pocket, which is a function of the man-to-man defenses he's suddenly facing, the endless stream of pass rushers in his face, and the lack of a true deep threat at wide receiver.

Wes Welker might be one of the NFL's best pass catchers, but he's not blowing the top off the coverage, Randy Moss-style. Which is why the Patriots traded for Chad Ochocinco before the season. We feel safe in writing that the move has yet to pay dividends. The former Bengals Pro Bowler has been slow to learn New England's offense and as a result he spends more time on the sidelines than on the field. And the rare occasions he does play usually involve some miscommunication between him and Brady.

But maybe it's not all on Ochocinco, who on Sunday against the Giants was on the field for 18 snaps and targeted on five occasions, coming up empty each time. ESPNBoston's Chris Forsberg breaks down Ochocinco's peformance and the takeaway is that Brady, who was under pressure for most of the afternoon, shares some of the responsibility, too.

Brady said as much during his weekly radio appearance on WEEI.

"We make improvements every week. It's just a matter of us ultimately getting it done in the game,” he said. "Every week there's more confidence in what we're doing with him, and with him and me. It's just a matter of us getting out there and doing it on the field. Believe me, no one's more frustrated than us. We talked after the game about what we need to do to get better. And we're just going to keep doing it. We really don't know any other way."

Late in the game, the cameras showed an animated, frustrated Brady talking to Ochocinco. Chad later to the Boston Herald that Brady was giving him a pep talk.

“Keep working, keep working,” Ochocinco said was Brady’s message. “Because we’re missing it by this much (holding two fingers close together). That’s it. That’s what he was saying, ‘Just keep working.’”

Despite the two losses, and the impending date with the Jets, perhaps things aren't as bad as they seem in Foxoboro. Worst case: if Ochocinco continues to struggle at wide receiver, Belichick can try him at cornerback.

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Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:25 am
Edited on: November 4, 2011 10:26 am

Five questions (or more) with Chris Crocker

C. Crocker has been a key defender in Cincinnati (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Chris Crocker has played on good Bengals teams and bad Bengals teams. Mostly bad. But now that Cincinnati is 5-2, Crocker is receiving a bit more recognition for being a key component on a Bengals squad that has one of the league’s best defenses. After starting only six games during his first years in Cleveland, he’s started 83 of the last 89 contests he’s played, and he’s had himself a nice career. Seven games into this season, he’s already surpassed his career high with 2.5 sacks on the year.

He’s also one of the better quotes in the Bengals locker room, always willing to speak about whatever’s on his mind with nary a nod to the idea of political correctness. That’s not to say he’s in the same league as former teammates Chad Ochocinco or Terrell Owens. Those guys talked because they liked to hear themselves speak. When Crocker speaks, he usually has something interesting to say.

Knowing that, we caught up with Crocker earlier this week where we talked about life in the Bengals organization this year, how the team moved past the Carson Palmer controversy and why Owens can’t get a job.

Previous Five Questions (or more):

Sept. 16:
Actor/former Patriots DB Brian White

Sept. 30: Bills RB Fred Jackson

Oct. 7: Sweetness author Jeff Pearlman

Oct. 21: 49ers LB Aldon Smith

1. CBSSports.com: I was around that locker room for six years, and I know what that organization is like and what the mood in the locker room has been when the team’s been bad. What’s different this year?

Chris Crocker: I can talk specifically on defense where the majority of the guys are the same guys who have been here. Offensively, we’ve changed a lot of guys. We already had really good guys the locker room. It’s just been what the perception has been. We don’t have a Chad (Ochocinco) anymore that’s always in the media. All of our guys are low-key. We don’t have the guys who are in the limelight. The perception has changed. A lot of the guys we had before were getting into trouble with DUIs and suspensions. We’ve always had a good group of guys. We just don’t have any more Hollywood.

2. CBS: I don’t think I was alone in the national media in picking the Bengals to struggle, to go maybe 4-12 or 3-13. That obviously wasn’t right, but if you looked at what was happening, Carson Palmer was maybe going to go, the top two receivers from last year would leave, and we didn’t know why Marvin Lewis came back. Why are you guys winning?

Crocker: Offensively, we haven’t been very good since I’ve been here. I’m not saying that to kick my teammates in the butt. The truth of the matter is we haven’t been great. The defense, we felt like we were the strength of the team. No matter what, we felt like we had to carry our team. It just so happened that we stumbled on a quarterback that could manage the game, we’re very talented at the wide receiver spot, and Cedric (Benson) re-signed. Everything really jelled on the offensive side of the ball. We knew we were going to play stingy defense. But the (offensive) formula has worked for us. There were a lot of questions -- who’s going to be the quarterback, the running back, the receivers, and on defense we had questions too. But we felt like the nucleus was the same. Outside of these walls, nobody saw us as good. But every year, nobody sees us as good, so why should it be any different?

C. Crocker said the team doesn't have any Hollywood this year (US Presswire).3. CBS: But losing Johnathan Joseph to the Texans was a major thing, right? I mean, Joseph and Leon Hall were considered to be one of the better young cornerback tandems in the league.

Crocker: Going into the season, it was a big blow. Me and Leon and John have all been together. We had formed something that was really special. He leaves to go elsewhere, which is fine. He was entitled to do that. But what we were going to do? Nate Clements was a free agent, and he fit right in. He’s been a great player in this league for a while. For him coming in, it was just a matter of time. How long would it take him to learn the system and get on the same page? It’s been really good. You couldn’t have put a better guy in there.

CBS: Why did it fit Clements so well?

Crocker: First of all, experience supersedes everything. He’s a very smart guy. He really wanted to come in here and really get on the same page with everybody. He wasn’t coming here with the attitude that he’s been there and done that. He came in with the attitude that he could learn. It’s hard when you’re an old guy, you get stuck in your ways. But he was completely opposite of that. He wanted to be part of something special. But with us, it’s week to week. If we don’t play well the next week, then we’re a piece of crap. Especially in the media. We want to go out there and play well.

CBS: Yeah, but us in the media can also say, “Well, the Bengals really haven’t faced any great quarterbacks. They haven’t really played anybody yet. Their schedule is weak. They haven’t played Baltimore or Pittsburgh yet."

Crocker: When people say that, you know that you don’t ever apologize for winning. Those other guys in the division, they’re playing the same teams we are. You don’t apologize for winning in this league. We’ll see those guys down the road and see where we stand then.

4. CBS: Regarding Carson Palmer, what was the locker room attitude about him? He had been such a good member of the team, but then he bailed. Did Carson abandon you guys, or did he have a good point?

Crocker: In Cincinnati in general, he had been the quarterback for so long, maybe the fans and the organization were scared of change. Sometimes change is good. In this case, it works out for us. If he didn’t want to be here, that’s fine. It’s all good and dandy. We knew our offense wasn’t the 1999 St. Louis Rams. Let’s be real. We weren’t playing John Elway. I like Carson, but let’s look at what we were.

5. CBS: What about Terrell Owens? You played with him last year, saw him in practice. Does he still have what it takes? Why doesn’t he have a job?

Crocker: I’ll say this. When we talk about how perception is reality, the perception around the league is that he’s a bad locker room guy and a bad teammate. Organizations don’t want to bring that dynamic in the locker room, especially with him 37 or 38 years old. I just don’t think people are willing to do it. I’m not saying he’s a bad teammate, but he was called one when he was in San Fran, in Philly, in Dallas. It’s like a circus. Teams just don’t want to go that route. You bring him in, and you bring in all the stuff that goes with it. He seems healthy, he looks healthy. I’m not a GM, but it’s something you worry about.

CBS: Was it a circus last year with Owens and Ochocinco?

Crocker: I’ll go off what he said. He talks so bad about organizations that nobody wants to deal with that. You bring him in here, and it’s all good. But when it goes bad, he talks bad about the organization. My only rule is this: you might have gripes and you might not be happy, but you don’t bite the hand that feeds you. I think that’s how organizations feel about him.

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Posted on: October 17, 2011 9:40 pm

Pats apparently are happy with Ochocinco

OchocincoPosted by Josh Katzowitz

We’ve talked quite a bit recently about the decline of Chad Ochocinco and how he’s been rendered irrelevant in the Patriots offense.

Whether it’s because he still doesn’t know the offense or that his chemistry with Tom Brady isn’t there or because he doesn’t have elite receiver skills any more, his nine-catch, 136-yard performance on the season is less than impressive.

He’s becoming even more invisible. He only played seven snaps Sunday, and the one target he received, he ran the wrong route, drawing Brady’s ire. And considering he had lost a bet that kept him off Twitter for three weeks, he couldn’t even appeal to his fanbase for love to help him keep up his chin.

Maybe he’ll feel better after hearing from Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and New England director of player personnel Nick Caserio. Both were asked Monday about Ochocinco. Both had nice things to say about him.

“Ocho is progressing every week,” O’Brien said. “He’s done a really good job in practice and when he’s been in certain parts of games, he’s produced -- two-minute drives at the end of halves and things. We’re happy where Ocho is with things right now.

“Again, we got a lot of guys that contribute. This is a unique place. We’ve got a lot of guys that contribute and some guys in certain games are contributing more than others. At some point in time, we’re going to need everybody to contribute, so that’s kind of where it is right now. Ocho is probably in that category and working really hard to keep producing and eventually help us in different ways.”

Caserio was asked if Ochocinco had worked out for the Patriots the way they thought. Surprisingly, Caserio said yes.

“We’re happy with what Chad’s done for us,” Caserio said. “He’s probably one of our best practice players. He goes out there, he works hard, practices hard, he’s out there on the field, he competes, he has made plays when he has had the opportunity. We’re six games in with a long season and we’re happy that Chad’s on the team.”

Remember when Ochocinco was considered one of the top receivers around? The fact that his director of player personnel is calling him one helluva practice player is kind of a back-handed compliment. But , I suppose, it’s still better than being called a former NFL receiver.

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Posted on: October 17, 2011 2:50 pm

Ochocinco continues to struggle in New England

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, ESPNBoston.com'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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Posted on: October 5, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2011 3:45 pm

Ochocinco lost bet, quit Twitter for three weeks

Posted by Will Brinson

Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco hasn't tweeted since September 24. Lest you think this is normal, well, it's not -- Ocho used to fire out 40-plus tweets a day, and for him to go 12 days without any noise on Twitter whatsoever is disturbing.

As it turns out, Ocho isn't being forced off Twitter, per se, he just lost a bet, which probably involves his not-so-stellar play this season.

"Ochocinco hasn't tweeted because he lost a bet," Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald tweeted on Wednesday. "Twitter ban/lost bet last three weeks. Won't tell me the wager."

We checked with "Rap Sheet" on Twitter, and Ocho won't reveal who the bet is with either.

Or guess, because you care, goes something like this: there's was a bet between either Bill Belichick or Tom Brady and Ocho relating to number of catches against the Bills.

This makes sense for a couple of reasons. The Bills and Patriots played on September 25, one day after Ocho's last tweet. And Ocho had the most number of targets (four) that he's had all season, meaning you could jump to the conclusion, if you're inclined, that someone was trying to give him a fair shake of getting his hands on some balls.

He caught two passes for 28 yards, but dropped a critical pass in the Patriots loss, and that's not good enough to win any friendly bets. Or maybe he had a "don't drop any passes" or "run all your routes perfectly" bet going with Belichick.

Whatever, he's not talking about it, which means it's someone with authority and we probably won't see Ocho on Twitter until October 14 -- Rapoport says it's "retroactive," which is hilarious -- when the three-week stint is up.

So at the very least, we can rule out Tedy Bruschi.

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Posted on: September 29, 2011 10:46 am

Hue Jackson still has love for Ochocinco

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Oftentimes, when I hear the name Hue Jackson, I don’t think of him as the Raiders head coach. Instead, I think back to the time a few years ago when, after Chad Ochocinco’s collision with Browns cornerback Leigh Bodden left him with a concussion, he kept calling out for Jackson in the Bengals locker room.

Eventually, Jackson -- then the receivers coach in Cincinnati -- appeared by Ochocinco’s side, and even though Ochocinco was clearly out of sorts (it was an uncomfortable moment inside the locker room that day for those of us who were trying to interview Ochocinco), it was also obvious how much Jackson means to Ochocinco.

And after talking to the Patriots media corps this week, it’s also obvious how much Ochocinco means to Jackson.

Chad Johnson's my son," said Jackson, via CSN New England, who didn’t mean it in the literal way. "I know you guys probably have a hard time with him. He's kind of colorful. But he is a tremendous young man. I really adore him but I won't on Sunday."
"I helped raise that young man in Cincinnati. He played for me, he did wonders for me and he is a tremendous competitor and a doggone good football player."

Ochocinco, who will reunite with and play against his former coach Sunday, hasn’t been very good this year, dropping what could have been the game-winning touchdown last week vs. the Bills and recording only five catches for 87 yards in the first three games.

He’s also seemingly undergone a personality transplant. While in Cincinnati, he was playful and obnoxious and self-centered in the locker room. Really, he was like a child. But in New England, he’s been more even-keeled and less fun. Whether that’s a byproduct of the Bill Belichick regime or because he’s struggling with the playbook and with his game, it’s unclear. But for now, it looks like Ochocinco isn’t the same player (or person) in New England as he was in Cincinnati.

"When you tend to have success and things have gone for you the way his career has gone up to this point, it's hard when you don't see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Jackson said. “But one thing I know about him, he's going to continue to work. He'll do everything that's asked of him. He's a tremendous pro. Eventually, it will come off right for him. I just don't want it to happen this week."

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Posted on: September 27, 2011 1:22 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 3:40 pm

Coach Killers, Week 3: Ochocinco's rough patch

Coach Killers is your weekly look around the league at those performances, decisions and "Wait, what did he just do?!" moments that put the guy in charge squarely on the ol' hot seat. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Justin King, CB, Rams. No one had a tougher day than King, who probably headed to work Sunday morning thinking, "Man, Lee Evans is out with an injury and the Ravens will have to put Torrey Smith out there against me. And he's a rookie!" By the time it was over (and it was over in record time), King would've happily taken his chances against Evans.

Instead he was torched (and we can't stress that enough) by Smith, who hauled in three first-quarter touchdowns of 18, 41 and 74 yards. Smith, who had seen limited action the first two weeks because somebody somewhere thought he wasn't comfortable enough in the offense, finished the day with five receptions for 152 yards.

To his credit, King took responsibility for what Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and Smith did to him.

Week 3 Recap
"You know what, I just could have made the play,'' King said when asked what he could have done differently in the Rams' 37-7 loss to the Ravens on Sunday. "That's what I get paid to do. I'm paid to man-up on guys. He made (plays) and I got beat. I have to show character now and get back to work and fix the mistakes.''

King also verbalized what became apparent about two plays into the game. "I didn't give [Flacco] a reason not to throw it at me,'' he said.

No, no you didn't. But we applaud the positive attitude.

Antonio Cromartie, CB, Jets. Cromartie has been a perfectly adequate cornerback for the Jets, which would make him a really could CB on most other teams. But because he plays opposite Darrelle Revis, he's usually the guy offenses target. Eventually, that means you're due for a rough stretch, and Cromartie found it against the Raiders.

He was called for four penalties (two for pass interference and two for holding), two of which came on Oakland touchdown drives. But it was a special teams faux paus that doomed the Jets.

Following a Raiders touchdown that gave them a 24-17 lead with 40 seconds left in the third quarter, Cromartie muffed a Sebastian Janikowski kickoff that was -- you guessed it -- recovered by Oakland. Two plays later, Michael Bush scored from a yard out, the Raiders led 31-17 and the Jets' afternoon, for all intents and purposes, was over.

Making an already crappy day worse for Cromartie? He suffered bruised ribs and lungs in the loss.

Regarding the muffed kickoff, head coach Rex Ryan was able to succinctly put things into perspective. “When you look at it in hindsight … obviously, [Cromartie] should have let it go,” Ryan said. “At the time, the guy’s trying to make a play.”

Coincidentally, Raiders owner Al Davis tried to sign Cromartie prior to training camp, and reportedly offered him more than the four-year, $32 million deal he ended up signing to return to New York. On Sunday, it was almost as if Cromartie was playing for Oakland because he sure played a big role in their win.

Bears pass-catchers/running game/o-line. Basically everybody but Jay Cutler, who we've never cared much for but feel obligated to defend because he's suddenly become the poster boy for the wussification of the quarterback position. Even though, by virtue of taking 400 hits a week, might be one of the NFL's toughest players. (Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger may disagree, but we're quite certain they're the only QBs who'd have a legitimate gripe.)

Last week, we highlighted Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz in this space because he thought it would be a swell idea to pass the ball on 82 percent of the offensive snaps which, predictably, led to Cutler taking six sacks against the Saints, countless hits and an admission that he didn't know if he'd survive the season.

Against the Packers, Cutler's pass-catchers didn't do him any favors. Roy Williams, Johnny Knox and Kellen Davis all dropped what should've been easy receptions. And running back Matt Forte, who recently announced that the team clearly doesn't consider him an elite back sought to prove just that by rushing for two (!) yards on nine carries. (Related: Cutler led the team in rushing with 11 yards on three attempts.)

Nothing went right for Chicago, including what should have been the niftiest special teams touchdown we can remember. Unfortunately, the officials threw a flag on … something and the play was called back. We can't even blame Martz for that.

Chris Johnson, RB, Titans. This is the first time in Coach Killers history that a player from the winning team has made the list, but Johnson has been nothing short of dreadful since signing that fat contract just in time for the regular season. In three games, CJ's rushed for 98 yards on 46 carries, which works out to a mind-blowing 2.1 yards per carry. The next touchdown he scores will be his first.

We had him unofficially hitting rock bottom following the Titans' victory over the Broncos Sunday. Tennessee's two leading rushers? Johnson and … punter Brett Kern, who both galloped for 21 yards. It gets worse: Johnson needed 12 more carries than Kern, who managed to run 21 yards at one time after bobbling a poor snap during a fourth-down play in which he had every intention of punting the ball. Instead, he fielded the short-hop, ran down the sidelines, and 21 yards later, the Titans had a first down and quite possibly a new threat in the running game.

In case we haven't reminded you in 15 minutes, there's a reason you shouldn't overpay running backs. Silver lining to the dark cloud of losing Kenny Britt: Johnson did catch four passes for 54 receiving yards. Maybe the Titans should give serious consideration to splitting him out wide. It's not like he can get worse, right?

Ochocinco might not be long for New England (Getty Images)
Chad Ochocinco, WR, Patriots. If Ochocinco and Terrell Owens were Batman and Robin a year ago in Cincinnati, the 2011 Ochocinco is the NFL pass-catching equivalent of Wile E. Coyote. The man can't catch a break -- or a pass -- and on Sunday you could make the case that it played a non-trivial part in the Patriots losing to the Bills.

With Aaron Hernandez and Taylor Price out with injuries, Week 3 was supposed to be Ochocinco's opportunity to show that he had a grasp of the Patriots' offense and had earned Tom Brady's trust. Instead, he looked lost, as he often has this season, and in addition to running the wrong route (that led to one of Brady's four interceptions), he also had a huge drop in the fourth quarter that would've been an easy touchdown.

(If New England gets rid of Ochocinco -- and at this point we don't think it would surprise anyone if they did -- perhaps they can unload him on the Bears, who seem eager to corner the market on no-catching wideouts.)

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Posted on: September 16, 2011 8:10 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 8:14 pm

Ochocinco on Bruschi: 'I love Tedy'

Bruschi makes Ochocinco seem like the sane one. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been a busy week for Chad Ochocinco even though he was one of the least productive players on the field in the Patriots' Monday night win over the Dolphins (he finished the evening with one catch and an illegal-formation penalty). He made the mistake of tweeting about Tom Brady's awesomeness Tuesday, apparently an activity reserved for the common folk, at least to hear ESPN analyst and former Pats linebacker Ted Bruschi tell it.

In case you missed it, the short version: Bruschi went on the radio to announce that Chad needs to "drop the awe factor" because "he's not a fan." Instead of genuflecting in Brady's general direction, Ochocinco needs to be in his playbook, especially since he's struggled to learn the offense.

Okay, fine. Chad could stand to have a better grasp of his responsibilities. We're still not sure what that has to do with publicly praising his teammate.

Prior to Friday's practice, CSNNE.com's Tom Curran asked Ochocinco about Bruschi's unhinged, old-man rant about the dangers of those blasted compu-tabulators.

Chad, taking the high road, would only say "I love Tedy." Curran added: "Pointing to a blue binder in his locker containing his plays and responsibilities, Ochocinco said that, until he has that mastered, he won't be talking to the media. Until his production rises, he explained, he's not interested in holding court."

To recap: Chad now looks like the sane one. Of course, Bruschi's in too deep, so there's no way he's backtracking now. In fact, he followed up his radio implosion with a television appearance to better explain his insane ramblings.

"The big deal with me is the mentality of the tweet," he explained. "This mentality reflected of being in wonderment, that statement of 'Wow I cant believe what I just saw' is a statement that should be made by a media member or an analyst, a fan, almost an admirer of the Patriots system. That kind of statement, that type of mentality, is not one that should be of an aspiring contributor, someone that wants to be a part of that record-breaking performance. Chad, the mentality is what bothered me. ... Eliminate the 'I'm happy to be here' type of attitude and have more an attitude of wanting to be a part of it and do your work so you can be more a part of it."

Please, for the love of all that's holy, stop talking. We're not alone in this message; Pats fans suggested as much en masse, which prompted some introspection on Bruschi's part.

"I asked myself, 'Was I hard on the guy? Was I a little bit harsh?' So what I did was, I leaned on some of my former teammates. These are teammates that did some very impressive things that made a lot of people say 'Wow'. The one question I asked them was, "Were you ever in awe of what we accomplished as we were accomplishing it?' And to a man the answer was 'No.'"

Right, because nobody was surprised when the 2001 Patriots beat the Rams in the Super Bowl with a second-year quarterback and former sixth-round pick. Least of all Tedy Bruschi. Uh huh.

After both teams coming off a victorious season opener, the Chargers will travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the Patriots on Sunday. Join Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan for a preview of this game. Watch the game at 4:15 PM ET on CBS.

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