Tag:Chad Ochocinco
Posted on: September 16, 2011 1:38 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Jason Hill says Revis and NY are overhyped

J. Hill has made some controversial remarks about D. Revis (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you’re a wide receiver whose team is set to face off against the most dominant cornerback in the league, you have a choice: you can choose to talk trash and possibly (probably) motivate that cornerback to have a great game, or you can choose to remain silent and hope that you can slip under the radar enough where said cornerback isn’t looking to make it personal.

Most receivers, when they go against Darrelle Revis, choose to stay quiet. Even Chad Ochocinco, a notorious trash-talker in the week leading up to the game, would clam up when the subject of Revis arose.

Jaguars receiver Jason Hill obviously has other ideas.

"This is a league full of great players," Hill told the Florida Times Union. "I think sometimes they get overhyped. I talked to Drew [Coleman], Drew played there. He says it's just the aura of New York. They got a big media. That's not the Jacksonville paper, that's the big New York Times paper so they get more pub. That's what it is.

"It's a game that we all play. He been playing the game, Revis, just as long as I've been playing. This is a game full of good players making plays. He just made a lot more plays on TV than we've made being here in Jacksonville. He's a good player. We respect him. Hopefully he respects us because we're going to bring it just like they're going to bring it."

Well, that’s interesting, but he’s probably right. Revis would be horsecrap if he played anywhere else other than New York*. Anything else to add?

*That was sarcasm. Obviously.

"Him personally, he's a good player, Pro Bowl player, I'm trying to make it to the Pro Bowl, too,” Hill said. “This'll be a good game to put some notches on our belts too. It's the New York Times vs. the Jacksonville paper. New York Times they got a lot more viewers than you got.”

Quite honestly, I’m not sure who should be more offended: Revis or the Florida Times Union.

One last thing: you might be wondering about Jason Hill. Like, who in the hell he is. Well, he’s a fifth-year receiver who played with the 49ers from 2007-10. He’s got 55 career catches and five touchdowns. And, because of a hip injury, he hasn’t practiced this week and probably won’t play.
 
Which, when you think about it, is just perfect.

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Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:48 am
 

Bruschi calls out Ochocinco for tweeting too much

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 CSNNE.com'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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Posted on: September 12, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2011 4:47 pm
 

7-Point Preview: Dolphins vs. Patriots

Posted by Will Brinson


1. Miami Dolphins (0-0) vs. New England Patriots (0-0)
Rumblings started to form on Twitter Monday that the Dolphins are taking a look at David Garrard. Even if this doesn't happen, it is perfect, because the Dolphins are in the middle of their 15th quarterback controversy of the year, and they haven't even played a game yet.

It's a mess in South Beach, theoretically, but there's reason to be hopeful. I continue to believe that Chad Henne can evolve into a good NFL quarterback. He's been freed from the shackles of Dan "Third and Draw" Henning and has been given "full reign" by new OC Brian Daboll to call audibles at the line of scrimmage.

Last season's game in Miami is viewed as a blowout. That's because the Patriots won handily, 41-14. But what folks don't remember is that without a Miami special-teams implosion, this game was actually pretty close.

The Patriots scored on a 103-yard kickoff return from Brandon Tate (no longer with New England) and a Kyle Arrington 31-yard blocked field-goal return. To dump a pound of salt in the wound, Patrick Chung also took a pick 51 yards to the house to finish off the rout. Take away those three touchdowns (I know, I know but just play along) and it's a much closer game in which Henne was respectable before getting pressed into throwing the ball in bad situations.

Add in the fact that he's got more versatile weapons (read: Reggie Bush) than 2010, and it's not unreasonable to expect an alright game out of Henne this evening. Brady, as you may know, is capable of doing damage to other teams.

2. What the Nerds and Degenerate Gamblers Say:
This is kind of amazing: according to Sportsbook.com, 94 percent of the public's money is on the Pats -7. If we were talking about the Pats money line, that's one thing. But we're discussing a seven-point road favorite playing a division rival who's beaten said favorite a bunch of times when they come down to Florida.

Things could go either way, really -- Tom Brady over the last six years (we're going six instead of five since he missed 2008) has vacillated wildly in Miami. In 2006 he went 12 of 25 for 78 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. In 2007 he went 21 of 25 for 354 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. In that time, though, he's only 3-2 in Miami.

"He’s human, right?" Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake asked of Brady Sunday, per Omar Kelly of the Miami Sun-Sentinel. "He has two eyes and red blood? If you cut him, will he bleed? He puts his pants on one leg a time."

He may actually put his pants on differently and HOW DARE YOU TALK ABOUT TOM'S EYES, SIR? Er, wait, sorry. Yes, Brady is human. He's been vulnerable against the Dolphins in the past and he'll be vulnerable now.

There's no real logic why everyone's slamming their money after New England favored by a touchdown on the road even if they could easily cover, other than "the Patriots are always awesome, win games and usually manage to be flashy and smart while the Dolphins are typically the opposite and quite boring and therefore will lose."

3. Key Matchup to Watch
The aforementioned defensive end, Cameron Wake, is one of the scariest players in the NFL. Were it not for the Dolphins lacking relevance in 2010, Wake probably would have gotten pub as the Defensive Player of the Year in the NFL.

With Wake and Dolphins-turned-Jet-turned-dancer-t
urned-Dolphin Jason Taylor lining up to terrorize Brady, the Patriots offensive line has a serious task on its hands -- both left tackle Matt Light and right tackle (and rookie) Nate Solder, replacing starting right tackle Sebastian Volmer, will require additional help in doubling up on Wake.

Fortunately for the Patriots, they have a pair of tight ends who are capable receiving options and pretty good blockers in Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, so don't be shocked to see lots of two tight end formations out of New England as they look to bolster their pass defense.

If Wake and Taylor crank up the pressure on Brady, the Patriots could be in a for long day, especially considering they aren't typically the type of team that counters quarterback pressure by pounding the rock. Their answer is a dynamic short-passing game that chews up clock and wears opponents down.

It's much harder to pull off if Brady's ending up on his ass every two or three plays and/or doesn't have time to get through his progressions. And when Brady slows his progressions down, the Patriots aren't pushing the tempo and the defense has more time to adjust and, generally speaking, a much better chance of stopping New England.

4. Potentially Relevant YouTube

So, this weekend some ridiculous bizness went down with the Notre Dame-Michigan game, in which roughly 735 points were scored in 10 seconds. Or something like that -- Denard Robinson (he of sure-fire future NFL Draft scrutiny!) led the Wolverines to a stunning victory. He then jumped in the crowd and a weirdo fan decided he need to rub Robinson's arm and share the magic with the world.

In case you're scratching your head, both Tom Brady and Chad Henne went to Michigan and they will need magic from their arms to win tonight. Do you see? (Via Spencer Hall's Alphabetical)



5. The Patriots will win if ...
They can protect Brady and give him time to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers and subsequently control the tempo against the Dolphins. The Patriots passing game was fine in the preseason, but Chad Ochocinco was a bit underwhelming (to say the least) and having him step things up in Monday night's would be pretty typical of how the Pats role with respect to bringing wide receivers and sandbagging their production before the season starts.

6. The Dolphins will win if ...
Reggie Bush makes the most out of his 20 touches. Well, he's supposed to get 20 touches anyway, and it's hard to imagine that if he's successful that this game won't be close. Bush not only can break off explosive plays, but his ability as a passcatcher out of the backfield will be tremendous for Henne -- he provides a safety valve and will keep the Patriots secondary honest and not able to double-team guys like Brandon Marshall.

7. Prediction: Patriots 24, Dolphins 17

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Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Albert Haynesworth on himself: A 'sleeping giant'

Posted by Will Brinson

The most frustrating thing about Albert Haynesworth is that he blatantly works harder before he gets paid. This is true for many athletes, but more so for Haynesworth who never really gave much of an effort for the Redskins, despite them paying him more than $100 million.

That of course led to Haynesworth being shipped to the Patriots in the offseason for chicken scratch. That of course led to him being the happiest guy in the NFL. And that of course will lead to the inevitable moment when he spends all of Week 14 sacking Rex Grossman and John Beck into oblivion.

And the impressive, motivated play will probably start before then. Thinking a big season isn't coming from Haynesworth is just silly. In fact, just ask the big fella himself.

"Oh yeah," Haynesworth said when asked if he was ready to get back on the field, via the Boston Globe. "At least last year, I didn't think I was going to play because I was playing a lot of scout team. Now I'm in the system and I'm playing and practicing and stuff and I think it's time for me -- I guess, the sleeping giant -- to awake and go back out there on the field and play football again."

As someone who's never really been able to push my value into nine figures, this is incredibly frustrating. It's cool that Haynesworth found a new form of motivation in terms of revenge or whatever he's trying to get against Washington by not being terrible at his job.

But it's also immensely annoying to see him getting ready for a big year so quickly after loafing through his monster contract. But then again, everyone knew how his last deal with the Redskins was going to play out, and nothing really went different from expectations. So he's not totally to blame.

It's just kind of obnoxious to rub it in everyone's face is all.

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Posted on: September 2, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Gurode to visit NE; what would Haynesworth think?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When the Cowboys released center Andre Gurode, we should have known he’d eventually earn a visit with the Patriots. After all, New England has been the epicenter of the NFL’s revitalization clinic. And why not? As Albert Haynesworth says, New England is the greatest place on earth!!!.

Aside from Haynesworth, the Patriots have thrown a lifeline to Chad Ochocinco and tried out Clinton Portis and T.J. Houshmandzadeh (those last two obviously didn’t work out).

Now, it’s Gurode’s turn to visit the New England coaches, as reported by the Boston Herald.

And if you thought that Steve Smith-LeSean McCoy was, um, slightly awkward, what will happen if Gurode and Haynesworth are playing on the same team? Click the video below to refresh your memory. I imagine it wouldn't be a happy reunion.



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Posted on: August 30, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Ochocinco still struggling to feel comfortable

OchocincoPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Chad Ochocinco hasn’t had a good preseason with the Patriots.

There have been whispers that he, along with Albert Haynesworth, might be on the chopping block, and the most significant act of his first month in a New England uniform has been to offer to pay the fine of a guy who smacked him in a helmet-to-helmet hit and caused an incompletion.

Either that or the time he offered to live with a Patriots fan as long as that fan had an Xbox.

The part of the preseason, though, that has been flummoxing is that Ochocinco has been slow to catch on to the Patriots offense. You’ll recall Ochocinco grew comfortable in his previous 10 seasons with the Bengals, mainly because he was the star receiver for much of that time and because the offensive coordinator, Bob Bratkowski, ran the offense the entire time he was there.

But with the Patriots, Ochocinco is far behind the likes of Wes Welker and Deion Branch.

Even so, Ochocinco remains positive. And while there are many reasons to rip Ochocinco at any given time, his work ethic is certainly not in question. He works hard, maybe harder than you think.

Ochocinco in New England
“The transition has been good,” Ochocinco told reporters, via the Boston Herald. "It’s been fun. I’ve heard small little rumblings I haven’t caught on yet, but I’m just fine. … You have to think of, coming from any place where you’ve been someplace for 10 years, to come here and learn the verbiage, and learn as much I’ve learned in the past few weeks, I’ve done extremely well.

“I think it’s my third week. Let’s be realistic. It’s the highest levels of football. It’s not easy.”

If Ochocinco was to rate his comfort level on a scale of 1-10, he said he’d be about a seven right now. It is interesting to watch Ochocinco in relation to his new quarterback. With Carson Palmer, Ochocinco would get into shouting matches with him or pout (not just with Palmer, but with the coaching staff as well) on the sidelines of games.

But with Tom Brady, Ochocinco lets him talk as much as he needs to talk. Ochocinco listens to Brady and thinks over what he’s saying. Even if he’s not on the chopping block -- and I’m not convinced he is -- he knows he needs to be much better than he’s been so far.

I’m just nowhere near where I want to be,” Ochocinco said. “I’m my biggest critic anyway. Regardless of what you write, what you guys see, I’m the first to judge myself. I’m always aiming for perfection. One of the things about being here, one of the things about being in an organization like this that prides itself on perfection and excellence, I’m sort of putting the pressure on myself to be right and be perfect now. Not later. I’m trying to squeeze everything within a short time frame, and it’s somewhat impossible. But if I can aim to be as perfect as possible, I think I can get up to speed.”

Of course, if Ochocinco gets too sad, all he has to do is look at the fish that surround his head when he sleeps. That should make him feel better.

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Mason fined $20K for Ocho hit, Ocho to reimburse?

Posted by Will Brinson

When we last left entertaining and enigmatic Pats wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, he was offering to pay for the likely fine coming Mason Foster's way after Foster kindly put his helmet to Chad's helmet in the field of play and knocked the snot out of ole' 85.

Well, Foster was indeed fined on Wednesday, to the tune of $20,000. That's a chunk of change to anyone, of course, but especially to a rookie. Foster's agent, Steve Caric, said the linebacker planned to appeal the fine. Foster seemed OK with it.

"Just got to pay it and keep on going from there," Foster said, per Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times. "Learn from it."

However, Ochocinco's not dropping the issue quite as easily. Despite the league forbidding him to repay Foster's fine, Ochocinco told Roger Goodell (via Twitter, natch) on Wednesday that he was reimbursing Mason anyway.

"@nflcommish Dad no disrespect but I don't agree with @mason_foster fine n I'll be reimbursing him personally. Please feel free to contact me," Ochocinco tweeted.

It'll be interesting to see whether the league attempts to fine Chad for openly flaunting the rules, or whether Chad makes a big deal out of paying Foster back or whether he just sends Foster 20,000 Xbox points online in order circumvent the law.

Of course, there's always a chance that @nflcommish (aka Roger Goodell) gets a lot of "@ replies" on Twitter and he won't see what Ochocinco said. Except that it was immediately retweeted by James Harrison.

And you know Goodell's watching his feed.

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Posted on: August 20, 2011 7:59 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Ochocinco offers to reimburse Foster for fine

M. Foster could be facing a fine (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When Buccaneers LB Mason Foster smacked Patriots WR Chad Ochocinco in a helmet to helmet hit Thursday, he caused an incompletion and received a pat on the back from his teammates -- and from Ochocinco himself. But he also might have earned himself a fine for an illegal hit (he was penalized for unnecessary roughness at the time).

No problem, Ochocinco said.

He took to Twitter on Friday and wrote to Foster, “great hit last night,if u're fined I'll reimburse u boss.That's the way the game should b played.Stay healthy n have a good yr.” Responded Foster: “thanks Bruh I appreciate it, goodluck to you too.”

But under the NFL rules, Ochocinco isn’t allowed to pay for Foster’s fine. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT that nobody can pay a player’s fine but that player himself and that nobody can reimburse that player.

So, if the league fines Foster, who was drafted by Tampa Bay in the third round and signed a four-year, $2.7 million deal with $1.4 million guaranteed, it’s going to come directly out of his own paycheck.

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