Throughout Tom Brady's magnificent performance on Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins, in which he broke a franchise and MNF record with 517 passing yards, new Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco seemed to get lost in the shuffle. The former go-to guy of the Bengals on had just one reception for 14 yards and was targeted only twice after that.
Nonetheless, Ochocinco remained steadfastly positive after game, even tweeting on Tuesday about how amazed he was watching his new team perform like that. That tweet didn't really didn't sit well with former Patriots linebacker and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi, who lashed out at Ochocinco for seemingly not understanding New England's system in an interview on WEEI Radio.
"Drop the awe factor, OK, Ocho, Chad, drop the awe factor. 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," Bruschi said, via CSNNE.com. "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 also told Ochocinco, among other things, to stop tweeting, close his mouth, go to the stadium, open his eyes and watch the film.
"If you're still in awe that means you don't get it because you don't understand it," he said.
Bruschi knows a thing or two about what it takes to master the Patriots' schemes, having played in New England for 13 years. He knows Brady. He knows coach Bill Belichick. So it's easy to understand where he is coming from. And it's certainly easy to criticize Ochocinco's performance, which included a 5-yard penalty for illegal formation that negated a 41-yard pass to tight end Ron Gronkowski.
On the other hand, Ochocinco, who didn't get much accomplished during the abbreviated preseason, is playing in a new system for the first time and had a shortened offseason to grasp the offense. Fortunately for Ochocinco, it's only Week 1.
Click HERE to listen to Brushci's interview.
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