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Ochocinco on Bruschi: 'I love Tedy'

Posted on: September 16, 2011 8:10 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 8:14 pm
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,'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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Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2011 3:04 am

Ochocinco on Bruschi: 'I love Tedy'

I think personally that what some people are taking out of context with Chad's tweet is that I believe he was making the personal comparison to having been in the Bengals offence and now being a part of the Pats and seeing the HUGE diversity among them. But hey, Chad made a tweet so now he has to pay for it. AS IF!!! The very notion that an individual is not allowed to Tweet or make harmless remarks without having an Old fart like Bruschi shooting his mouth off just because he rode Brady's coat tails for his career. Who looks insane now Teddy?

Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 2:26 am

Ochocinco on Bruschi: 'I love Tedy'

Is it that "Patriot Nation" is upset about Ocho tweeting, or are they afraid that he'll tell everyone who's pratice they spied on last? So a harmless tweet has been drawn out in the media by a former role player who, while he had a ton of heart during his playing days, needs to just shut up and do his job. All of these holier than thou ex-patriots need to remember that the "Patriot Way" on multiple occasions at least, used to include cheating. I'm just sayin.

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2011 1:53 am

Ochocinco on Bruschi: 'I love Tedy'

I don't agree with either party. Chad should have know better before he tweeted, but I am sure he knows now. This organization is hush hush. Its not the fact that he said what he said its the fact that he said it, worst he tweeted it. But after this he has learned from it and he is moving on. Teddy was a little out of line with his comments. While some of you take it as constructive critisizm I take it as a jab from someone that feels ocho does not belong on this team. Just the fact that Chad has been quiet this long is amazing to me so he is obviously buying into the system but you cant blame him for being amazed at what he saw, but you can blame him for tweeting it. He is by far the best receiver on this offense no question. You can't compare him to the other receivers that have played with Tom and know the system in and out. He's a smart receiver and he will get it eventually.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2011 1:34 am

Ochocinco on Bruschi: 'I love Tedy'

Ochocinco is great lol.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:54 am

Ochocinco on Bruschi: 'I love Tedy'

Chad is just being honest in what he tweeted.  He is not use to being in this kind of enviorment.  He is playing for a organization, coach and qb that has 3 superbowls under their belt. But everyone knows that players on the Patriots don't talk and are tight lipped for a reason.  The only voices on the Pats are Mr. Kraft, hoody and Brady.  Everyone else including Chad should keep quiet.  Did Teddy go to far? Not really, he knows how hoody operates and it hasn't changed.  There is a reason for players to keep quiet and Chad just found out why.  As for you haters that keep bringing up cheating you must not have won anything in a long time and can't stand to see a team dominate a decade like the Patriots did.  Last time I checked the Patriots went 16-0 in the regular season after spygate but I don't here any hater commenting on that.  The Patriots won a superbowl using 45 different starting lineups.  That's coaching not cheating.  I would hate us too if I wasn't a Patriots fan but I am and your not.  That's the differnce between the haters and Pats fans.  You can't stand us because we are a great organization and you really want to be like us but your not that's why you hate us.  Now your hater theropy session is over you can go back to being a fan instead of the bitter Pattriots hater that you are.  Don't hate just congradulate.Cool

Since: Sep 3, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:22 am

Ochocinco on Bruschi: 'I love Tedy'

You guys are too hard on Bruschi.  Obviously he is trying to motivate Ochocinco because he is concerned and thinks Ocho isn't working hard enough to learn the Patriots playbook.  If Chad doesn't come around soon, all of you Bruschi bashers will start to agree with Bruschi's viewpoint and you will begin to bash Ocho for exactly the same reason Bruschi's slamming him for: not applying himself and learning the Pats playbook.

Since: Sep 16, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:21 am

Ochocinco on Bruschi: 'I love Tedy'

Cheater, cheater pumpkin eater!! Nobody wants to hear about it!!!! Every Nfl team works hard and has great people. If your team is so great then why is Teddy trying to eat his own in front of everyone, must not be as good as the media or you make it out to be! Oh Ya cheater cheater pumpkin eater!!!

Since: Sep 16, 2011
Posted on: September 17, 2011 12:05 am

Ochocinco on Bruschi: 'I love Tedy'

Ochocino is a compltete idiot, but has always been a great player, Bruschi is a Super Bowl champ, but let's not forget all his teams were convicted of cheating at the highest degree. The NFL slapped NE on the wrist for cheating so they are surely still doing it. 85 will never be in the Hall of Fame, and might not finish the season with NE. Teddy needs to shut up about the Patriot way cuz we all now it's nothing but cheating, how many of Bill's boys have been caught for the same thing when they went somewhere else. The Patriots are media darlings getting away with murder in Roger's Nfl. Please don't touch my QB, please don't hit my WR's, Oh ya we will over look your cheating!!! F... NE, bring back real football and Teddy quit being a!!

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:07 pm
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Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2011 9:44 pm

Ochocinco on Bruschi: 'I love Tedy'

I am amazed at the reaction to how Tedy Bruschi responded to Chad Ochocinco regarding his tweet about Tom Brady's performance.  I really guess you have to be a Patriot fan to understand the real meaning behind what he said, because everything thing I have read has been written by so many misinformed people.  Tedy Bruschi is a lifelong Patriot, through and through.  Nobody played with as much heart, sweat, and soul, on the Super Bowl Championships, except for Tom Brady, Rodney Harrison, Wes Welker, Kevin Faulk, etc., etc.  The Patriots have been the best NFL team of the past decade because of the dedication and effort they put in week in and week out.  They follow the rules set down in the collective bargaining agreement as to how much time you can practice, how many orgainized OTA's you can have, etc.  But they don't stop there.  You continually see players workingout on their own time, going over film, practicing on the field what they think they can do better.  This includes the coaches, who put in unGodly hours, like a lot of their colleagues.  Collectively, the Patriot way is to draft players that have a strong work ethic, that are versatile and can play multiple positions, that do not care about individual stats, as much as they do about winning. Heck, if Bill Belichick didn't put the brakes on a little early in the fourth quarter when the Pats seemed in control, Tom could have thrown for 600-700 yards easily.  He had 40 yards called back, on a penalty by Ochocinco, and Matthew Slater misjudged a perfectly thrown 45 yard pass.  Individually, the Patriots have never been the team with the most talented players, but the "team" that was the most conditioned and confident in their preparation.  They are perfectionists who are willing to sacrafice individuality for the "TEAM" concept, where every player is asked, no expected, to know the playbook inside out, know the positioning of every other position player and where they will be on every play, not just where they will be and what their responsibilities are. 

In 1986 I did my college internship with the New England Patriots, as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach during Training Camp.  They were just coming off their first Super Bowl, a loss to the Chicago Bears.  The Head Coach was Raymond Berry, a Hall of Famer and Johnny Unitas's number one go to receiver.  I was young and followed this team, as a kid, since the year Jim Plunkett was their number one pick.  The first day I was in awe.  Here I was actually putting players through some of the combine tests, spotting them on the bench press test.  I mean, they were my idols, Steve Grogan, Stanley Morgan, Craig James, Irving Fryar, Andre Tippett, Tony Eason. The first team meeting that first day was a highlight film of the Super Bowl season the previous year.  And the amazing thing if you are a sports fan, like I am, here were the guys on that film sitting next to me. I realized then, if I was in awe of them, I would not be able to focus, I could not do my job, the job they expected of me.  I had a talent and was selected among a number of people for that reason and I was accountable for my own responsibilities.  The awe effect lasted that one day.  I will never forget the respect I was shown by the players and the coaching staff.  My responsibilities grew far greater than I expected going in.  I got to see a side of this organization that many others don't.  I was asked to come back the following year, but not as an intern.  Since then, I have returned home many times and visit the team whenever I can.  I cannot say enough about the class of this organization then and now, having recently visited a few of the coaches at Gillette Stadium.  I also received a very nice letter from Coach Belichick when I returned to my home now in Florida.

Tedy Bruschi is a hero of mine, not because of what he accomplished on the football field, but because of the courage and leadership he brought to the team both on and off the field.  No player has returned to play in the NFL after suffering a stroke.  There is pretty of time, afters careers are over to relect on what was accomplished and I know Tedy meant no harm, because all of New England is in awe of Tom Brady.  But we are fans.  When you are part of a team and you are in awe of those around you, you lose your focus on what your responsibilities are.  You forget waht your job is.  I learned that 25 years ago.  Everyone wants Chad to succeed, because he brings a dimension to the offense the Pats need.  He hasa great work ethic.  Tedy is just trying to light a fire under Chad to underrstand why Bill Belichick brought him to New England.  Because if he is able to be at his best the whole team is better for it.  Collectively, the team goal is not individual glory, it is a Super Bowl victory, because yes, this still is a team sport, and the best "team" that is willing to sacrafice statistics is usually the one that wins in the end.

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