|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.
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