Ochocinco & being in awe of offense
September, 14, 2011
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
Receiver Chad Ochocinco had one catch in the Patriots' season-opener and was on the field for a total of 18 snaps (penalties included).
On Tuesday morning, he shared his thoughts on Twitter:
The tweet drew a strong reaction from ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi, who was co-hosting on sports radio WEEI on Tuesday.
While on WEEI, Bruschi urged Ochocinco to “drop the awe factor” and to “stop tweeting and get in your playbook.” Bruschi added that Ochocinco shouldn’t be looking at things from a fan’s perspective, but instead, from a standpoint of this being the expectation.
"You’re not someone who’s on another team or watching TV," Bruschi said. "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. 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 it’s 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.”
On Wednesday morning, quarterback Tom Brady was asked about Ochocinco's tweet during his weekly appearance on sports radio WEEI.
"Chad, from the day that he got here, he's worked really hard to be a part of this offense and be involved," Brady told the "Dennis & Callahan" program.
"I don't know when he said that [about being in awe] or what he said, but I know that we're counting on him to be a huge contributor. And he expects that too. He expects to be out there making plays. When I'm in the huddle with him, he's very excited about being out there, making catches, doing the right thing and being in the right spot. He's definitely done that over the course of training camp. So anyone who has come to training camp knows that he's been a part of what we're trying to do since the day we got him. I'm excited for him. ..."
Asked about reaching the same kind of comfort level with Ochocinco as he has with Deion Branch and Wes Welker, Brady said, "I certainly hope so. We're going to need him. He does have my confidence. He has my trust. When he's out there, I'm definitely looking for him. He's going to be a big part of this offense, whether it plays out in Week 1, Week 3, or Week 5, every player on the roster is going to be counted on at some point."