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In a game that featured a 517 yard passing attack, Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco contributed to only 14 of those yards with one catch Monday night against the Dolphins.
After being nearly absent from the stat sheet, Ochocinco still felt like talking about Tom Brady’s video game like performance. He took to his usual outlet, Twitter to talk to his fans directly about what he was witness to.
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
Most Patriots fans or any football fan for that matter may have seen that and thought nothing of it. Maybe you would have passed it by without a second thought, but there is one big-time Pats fan that didn’t quite enjoy Ochocinco’s admiration for his quarterback in the world of Twitter.
That man is more than a fan. He is former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi. The three-time Super Bowl champion ripped the tweet and Ochocinco when he visited WEEI.
“Drop the awe factor, OK, Ocho, Chad, drop the awe factor,” Bruschi said. “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.”
Bruschi’s words weren’t coming in a friendly advisory type tone. They came with a particular air of near disgust and anger.
He went on to say:
“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.”
Bruschi isn’t alone in thinking that the six-time pro-bowler needs to keep his mind on football and off any and everything else.
Former Pats safety Rodney Harrison defended Bruschi today on ESPN Chicago 1000’s “Waddle and Silvy Show”
“He’s an old-school Patriot guy, I mean he’s a die-hard guy. No one out-prepares Tedy Bruschi, no one outworks Tedy Bruschi.
Harrison also threw in his own two cents:
“So you look at a guy like Chad Ochocinco, you know that becomes a distraction when you’re tweeting and you’re bringing the fans into the mix. And Belichick would always tell us, there’s always something else you can do to improve this team, to improve your play — study more, work harder, be an asset, don’t be a liability.”
So who’s right? Are Bruschi and Harrison just a couple of old curmudgeons telling the new guys how they used to do it the right way? How they used to have to walk to school uphill both ways back in the day?
They have a legitimate gripe. I understand that other players and other Patriots do in fact also travel through the Twitterverse, but they’re still getting the job done. They’re not praising the accomplishments of the last game. They’re already past it and working on next week. Call it the Patriot way if you like, but that’s just how winning teams in any league do it.
Ochocinco isn’t the same guy he used to be in Cincinnati and it’s unfair to expect him to be that. So in a way maybe that’s where his critics could lighten up a bit. He’s older and he’s in an offense now where he’s not the primary weapon. Here, and in other offenses on successful teams, it’s all about sharing the ball and having options. He won’t have seven grabs for 100 yards too often with New England, but as long as he runs his route and does his job he’ll be fine.
The side show is over. It’s all about what happens on the gridiron for 60 minutes every Sunday down in Foxborough. No one cares about your Twitter followers, your bull riding, your soccer career, or any of that now.
You’re a member of the New England Patriots now Chad and no matter how many times you click your heels, you’re not in Cincy anymore.
Follow Brian Moller on Twitter: @Brian_Moller