Rodney Harrison agrees with Bruschi on Ochocinco

AP

On Tuesday, former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi tore into new Patriots wideout Chad Ochocinco, based on a Twitter message in which Ochocinco indicated that he was in awe of the New England offense.

Appearing on The Waddle & Silvy Show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, former Patriots safety and current NBC Football Night in America analyst Rodney Harrison agreed with Bruschi’s comments.

“You got to understand. Bruschi is an old school Patriot guy,” Rodney said.  “I mean the guy went to three or four, four Super Bowls, won 3 there.  And he’s an old school Patriot guy, I mean he’s a die hard guy.  No one outprepares Tedy Bruschi, no one outworks Tedy Bruschi.  When I was there I was never in awe, of anything.  Because you expect greatness, when you prepare, when you work hard, and when you do the things you’re supposed to do.  You expect to have success.

“When we stopped Peyton Manning in the playoffs, and we’d intercept him, we weren’t in awe of Peyton Manning.  We knew we could go out there and stop him, because that’s what we prepared for.  So you look at a guy like Chad Ochoinco, you know that becomes a distraction when you’re tweeting and you’re bringing the fans into the mix. And [Bill] Belichick would always tell us, there’s always something else you can do improve this team, to improve your play.  Study more, work harder.  Be an asset, don’t be a liability.

“And when you look at Chad Ochocinco’s stats, one catch for 14 yards, that’s unacceptable.  And when they were doing all these productive plays, you were on the bench.  Tedy’s just like me, and Willie McGinest and all these other guys.  Don’t be in awe of the situation, be part of that situation.  Make it better.  So I think Tedy Bruschi sent a message out to that entire New England Patriot team.  This is a different team, they’re a younger team.  So Chad Ochocinco, get with the program.  He told him exactly right.  And it wouldn’t surprise me if Belichick even pulled him to the side.

“You can’t be in awe of Tom Brady and these guys.  You’ve seen this happen in a short training camp.  You know, you’ve played against Brady.  You played against a lot of these championship teams.  Why are you in awe?  It just becomes a distraction.  Like Tedy said, ‘Hey man, be part of the program.'”

Ochocinco has been silent on Twitter since the Tuesday remark that set Bruschi off.  And given Ochocinco’s usual loquaciousness, his silence speaks volumes.

94 responses to “Rodney Harrison agrees with Bruschi on Ochocinco

  1. Like two old guys on a park bench talking about how they used to play the game. Meh. Shut up you old hags.

  2. Who cares whar Harrison thinks, he said he was outraged on a so called “dirty chop block” when he was on of THE DIRTIEST players when he played football. Harrison is a joke anyway.

  3. Everyone was expecting Haynesworth to be cut but Ochostinko could go first if he does not start catching on and producing.

  4. “Tedy’s just like me..”

    Bruschi got voted “Dirtiest Player” multiple times by his peers and fined in the 6 figures for illegal hits?

    I missed that part of his career.

  5. Ochocinco didn’t tweet last Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday either (before the game). Once again, your lack of research speaks volumes.

  6. Harrison and TB are right. If “Chad doesn’t like it he can quit. Go sign with some other team that allows a “me first attitude.” You’re not in Cincinnatti now. I believe he has three weeks to turn it around or he’s gone. And he will be missed just as much as Moss was.

  7. I feel sorry for Chad. They are changing the guy and this might hurt his game. He needs to be free. Foxboro is prison veterans. Don’t go there.

  8. Ocho comes from the Bengals – a screwed up, joke around, loser franchise like the Jets or Lions. He needs time to adjust. When you come from a crappy organization like those three you don’t know any better.

  9. Bruschi played in 5 Super Bowls, 96, 02, 04, 05, 08 (I am referring to the year the game was played in, as in 96 means the 95 post season)…

  10. And this would be why I respect great teams like the Colts because when a new guy comes in different to a system he has ever been in, they don’t act like a-holes just because he’s surprised that it’s a completely different system and level he’s ever played in.

    This right here is why I respect.Brady but will never, ever respect the Pats. Most of those trophies in their case is due to cheating. Everyone cheats but don’t get caught and when you do get caught and you’re lucky enough to keep those tributes don’t act like a douche because you have those rings/trophies.

    Signed a Falcon fan since 1994 (que the you’ve never had a ring hate)

  11. Please don’t tell me that every time one of these morons opens their mouth it becomes a new thread on PFT.

    Chad said he was impressed (amazed) with his new offense…..that shouldn’t offend anyone.

  12. bottom line is when november and december come round and playoffs start. pats will def need chad to step up and play like chad johnson not ochocinco. hell be aight brady will keep him focused

  13. @habsman

    Actually no, they’re not. They can’t speak for a team they’re no longer representing. They’re working for NBC and ESPN.

    What about a tweet saying he was in awe of the performance is “me first”?

    It’s astounding to read the level of misunderstanding and misinformation on this site.

  14. Steroids and dirty hits are the only thing I think about when I think of Rodney Harrison. I hate Tedy Bruschi only b/c he does more with his mouth now than he ever did with his play.

  15. So let me get this straight, Ochocinco is responsible for all of 17 yards in a 500+ effort, wasnt on the field for much of the second half and his tweet is in support of his QB and its a bad thing?

  16. Poor Ocho, those mean ex-Pats are picking on him. Well what’s he going to do? Take a swing at one of the coaches like he did at half-time of a playoff game a few years ago?

    Hopefully Belichick will cut this POS before he causes any more distractions.

  17. semperfi24 says:
    Sep 14, 2011 7:44 PM
    Bruschi played in 5 Super Bowls, 96, 02, 04, 05, 08 (I am referring to the year the game was played in, as in 96 means the 95 post season)…

    __________________________________

    Ya…Bruschi didn’t play in the 96 Super Bowl…He played in the 97 Super Bowl ( As in 97 means the 96 post season). Super Bowl XXXI was played January 26, 1997. So next time you want to look smart, you might want to turn the computer off and go cuddle with mommy. Let the real men talk football…You just go and rub mommy’s feet for her.

  18. ““When we stopped Peyton Manning in the playoffs, and we’d intercept him, we weren’t in awe of Payton Manning.”

    Did Harrison spell Peyton’s name wrong or did PFT spell it two different ways while repeating what he said? A typo from PFT? SHOCKING!

  19. @Land Snark,

    “Actually no, they’re not. They can’t speak for a team they’re no longer representing. They’re working for NBC and ESPN.”

    Who said they were representing the team?

    They are entitled to their opinions, just as you are entitled to yours.

    Their opinion however comes from the experience they gained from being part of the organization, and from playing for that organization.

    I would say they have a bit more understanding of what is acceptable in that locker room.

  20. Bruschi’s job is to shoot his mouth off and if he attracts attention – such as this non-story – all the better.

    I agree with him – OchoCinco has to drop the awe routine, which is way beyond old by now, and start playing football.

    Harrison’s job also is to shoot his mouth off, so both of these ex-Patriots are doing their jobs.

    What’s the problem?

  21. cannot believe i’m going to defend someone on the patriots, but this is freaking ridiculous.

    IT WAS A F’N TWEET.

    both of these so called analysts need to pipedown and disappear since they both are awful at what they do now.

  22. PFT, home of people who bottle up their hatred and unleash it here because it’s the only way they can feel better about themselves. For once can the average commenter just contribute to a thread without attacking a person or a team? It’s old hearing the same lamea$s comments about the Patriots cheating, Rex Ryan’s fat/foot fetish, Ray the murderer or Ben the rapist. Grow up already.

    To the point that Harrison is trying to make, I agree with him. As a PROFESSIONAL you should not be “in awe” when your team hangs 600+ yard of offense on the other team. If you do your job and do it right, it should be expected that you play at a high level and the result should reflect that. Quite frankly, Ochocinco needs to get rid of the twitter and spend more time watching film or studying the playbook. I hope as the season progresses Ochocinco will be less “in awe” and instead contribute more on the field because he understands how the system works.

  23. ochocinco is highly overrated(highly)! how can you consider yourself one of the leagues best receivers and get put on a team with the leagues best or 2ndbest quarterback and not produce… let alone tell the f-in world your scared.. really?? 1 catch 14 yards… horrible(HORRIBLE)!

  24. I’m not sure I can form an opinion until I hear what Tony Dungy, Warren Moon and Joe Theismann think?

    Perhaps they could form a panel and draw a conclusion amongst themselves?

  25. Guess jets fans do not like hearing from players with RINGS…..Funny, jets haven’t sniffed a ring in 42 years…so long ago that the clowns above would not put 1 on their fingers or toes…only 1 place theyd think to put it. Am sure they’re small enough judging on the IQ’s above.

    jet fans still limp because they reached, yet failed in AFC Champ game…NE, Pitts and other great franchises consider that failure…jets, just like Eagles..pretenders.

    So parasites…stroke your hearts out..Great franchises make sure their players do things their way…and get rings as a result..Oh well, you can always get it pierced…if they can find it.

  26. Another Has Been that cannot let go, your day is over Rodney. “Back in the day I use to do this and I was that”, nobody cares. And lets settle back down to Earth, they played Miami lol, not your “World Beater”

    Total Yards, TD’s Receptions today means NOTHING. With all the rule changes over the years the old 350 yard 3 TD QB’s and the guys that caught them meant much more then the padded.

    You try and run past a guy and are always caught 60% of the time so you change the rule tying one of the dudes legs and arms up behind his back. You break all the records after that, WHO CARES.

  27. Who cares what either of u think…Like… really, who cares…Instead of commenting on this guy being in his playbook…u both should be buried in the how to be a good “analyst” playbook bcuz u’re just below mediocre…find an exit…

  28. How many more steroid taking ex Patriots are we going to hear from. These two clowns are making complete asses of themselves. I give credit to Chad for not responding to this non story.

  29. Rodney Harrison was a great player. So was Bruschi. They were in awe of nobody and played their best games when the weather got cold. All of the hacks here taking those two on are fools. They talk now because that’s their job. People get mad at former playes turned announcers for being afraid to be critical of players and now we see fanboys out there who get upset when these guys have opinions.

  30. 2 plays showed you who Chad is. The penalty and what looked like him cutting the wrong way on a pass attempt to him. He doesn’t focus. He is focused on Chad. He doesn’t study his playbook. He tweets.

  31. r00tabaga says:
    I hate Tedy Bruschi only b/c he does more with his mouth now than he ever did with his play.

    Obviously you never saw the man play.

  32. In their own little world they really believe people love them as much as they love themselves. And they really honestly and truly believe people give a crap about what they say.

    Teddy+Rodney = who gives a crap !!!

  33. That should teach him to show respect for what he believes is a great player on a great team. He should keep his mouth shut and quit talking about the good things his teammates have done.

    (they need to make a sarcasm button so readers can tell, but hopefully everyone got this one.)

  34. Heard an interview with Brady on EEI this morning, discussing 85. He seemed to go out of his way to praise Chad in practices, and seemed to feel that he’ll become as erious part of this offense before too long.

    That’s good enough for me.

  35. Note to Teddy B, relax before you have a heart attack okay? Last time I checked you are NO LONGER ON THE PATRIOTS and work for ESPN. What happened to objective commentating? Personally, I don’t like Chad, but nothing he’s done since he’s joined the Patriots deserves you going ballistic and almost blowing a coronary….besides sending out a tweet. Neither Tom Brady or coach Belichick has spoken out against Chad’s tweet, since they ARE on the team and doing it the Patriot way, by being positive and not saying anything negative even if inside they might disagree.

    My two cents….probably worth just that….

  36. Fair enough.

    But Ochocinco was merely complimenting his new team and IMO he did it in a good way that showed that he was not trying to take credit for any of the success himself but instead was praising his teammates.

    On the other hand maybe Bruschi should have KEPT HIS HEAD IN THE GAME in the Super Bowl instead of prancing and giggling and celebrating the win on the sidelines with Junior Seau before the game was over.

    WAKE UP TEDY! The game wasn’t over. Try to keep your head in the game …. I mean, it was the freakin’ SUPER BOWL for goodness sakes. Try to pay attention.

  37. flavordave says:
    Sep 14, 2011 7:33 PM
    Like two old guys on a park bench talking about how they used to play the game. Meh. Shut up you old hags.

    Youre exactly right. These old guys just don’t get the type that Chad is. I love watching Ochocinco and dont mind at all the chatter, the trash talk or whatever. I think the NFL needs guys who arent afraid to break from the cookie-cutter good guy mold and speak their mind.

    And for acknowledging that his own team’s offense is awe-worthy, who’s to say that is wrong? Certainly not a couple of retired guys that would not have any business touching the field on or against the Pat’s offense.

  38. Ocho comes from the Bengals – a screwed up, joke around, loser franchise like the Jets or Lions. He needs time to adjust. When you come from a crappy organization like those three you don’t know any better.

    IDIOT!!!
    So when NE went looking for a HC they shopped a crappy organization and never looked back?

    Don’t blame Ted and Rod. They’re victims of BB early days of brainwashing and may have been in the rinse cycle too long.

  39. Who cares what these two douche bags have to say? Like being a Patriot is some sort of life long faternity. Bruschi and Rodney need to stfu and mind their own damn business. Who has Bruschi in the suicide pool? Looks like the concussions are cathing up to him, he had a pea brain before and it seams to be getting worse.

  40. I have been following PFT for a couple years now. I had to finally make an account because of this. Ocho might be a little crazy at times. But what did he do wrong? How is saying he is in awe of his QB even remotely something that these 2 dbags can take as something bad. No he wasn’t involved in offense. He didn’t get a ton of chances either. WTF does that have to do with his tweets. Either I’m confused or this is just a bunch of BS. We should have never even heard about this story.

    habsman says: Sep 14, 2011 7:42 PM

    Harrison and TB are right. If “Chad doesn’t like it he can quit. Go sign with some other team that allows a “me first attitude.” You’re not in Cincinnatti now. I believe he has three weeks to turn it around or he’s gone. And he will be missed just as much as Moss was.

    How is what he said “me first attitude”? I think some people just don’t like people who wouldn’t act exactly the way they would. PS. Im a browns fan. No interest in patriots or Ocho. This is just nuts.

  41. Saw a lot of games this week, and you can tell the players had an abbreviated preseason. Many blown routes, not a lot of communication between QBs and their newer receivers.Lets see how the next few weeks play out before we crucify someone learning a new system.
    And Mistress Rachael, your post was borderline obscene. Sounds like a Jets fan/player really did you wrong. I hope you are able to get past it and be happy again.

  42. I am still trying to figure out how complimenting your QB’s incredible performance could evoke such a response from a guy with no neck.

    If the Pats organization becomes frustrated because this has become a distraction, they can blame none other than Tedi Douchy. He made this a story, and one of the dirtiest players in NFL extended it. This was a non-story. This is the dumbest controversy in NFL history.

  43. I thought Ocho gave that press conference where he said he was going to be a quiet team guy was a little off. Hard to keep him from sayin’ something.I thought those 2 old dogs over-reacted though. But he should remember even a little innocent tweet can cause a storm of criticism. Bet he wishes he was actually PART of that 500+yards of offense.

  44. So why not tee off on what Brian Waters said as well? Teddy Strokes and Rodney Cheapshot should stick to what they do best, which is well, being forgotten about… stfu.

  45. @Pens…Explain to me how the Patriots taping Colts DEFENSIVE signals (they’re in Cover 2 90% of the time anyway) had anything to do with the Patriots defense shutting down Peyton Manning’s OFFENSE? Lol…such a little weenie loser mad cuz the big bad Patriots made you cry yourself to sleep countless times over the past decade. Haha. #keephatin, #weloveit

  46. First, although I understand Bruschi’s comment, I don’t think it is something to get so bent out of shape over. When compared to the Bengals’ system the Patriots system IS probably awesome.
    Also, how many times did they actually throw the ball to Ochocinco? Once? I didn’t watch the game. If he caught it once and it was thrown to him once, you can’t blame him for the coaches not calling his number more. I think Chad is still getting used to the offense that the other players are already used to.

  47. I miss these guys…you knew what you got when they got on the field and Rodney especially would bring the wood on every play. Well said, Patriots. Incoming players should put up or shut up and leave.

  48. “And when you look at Chad Ochocinco’s stats, one catch for 14 yards, that’s unacceptable. And when they were doing all these productive plays, you were on the bench.”

    You know what was unacceptable? Harrison not knocking the ball out of Tyree’s hand and helmet in the Super Bowl. How about pulling his arm away?

    So Ochocinco compliments his team and gives a clear indication he won’t be a malcontent (as in, not complaining he wasn’t a bigger part of it) and he gets ripped by two former players?

    Bruschi is just trying to be a hard arse, pretending he can still play the game. The same goes for Harrison. This isn’t the first time, or the last, these two have spouted off like this.

    Good players, not so much as analysts

  49. samoanjungle says: Sep 14, 2011 8:58 PM

    2 plays showed you who Chad is. The penalty and what looked like him cutting the wrong way on a pass attempt to him. He doesn’t focus. He is focused on Chad. He doesn’t study his playbook. He tweets.
    *************************************************
    Exactly, he’s used to talking about himself, due to his insecurity.

    That penalty was as dumb a penalty as you’ll ever see and there’s absolutely no excuse for it.

    He won’t last with the Pats.

  50. rectumnearlykilledem says:
    Sep 14, 2011 7:44 PM
    Ocho comes from the Bengals – a screwed up, joke around, loser franchise like the Jets or Lions. He needs time to adjust. When you come from a crappy organization like those three you don’t know any better.
    =========================
    Yeah, the Jets smashed you, and the Lions probably wouldve too if that was a regular season game. We know the formula, whoop Tom Brady’s a#%, drop back 6 DB’s in Zone and confuse him as Rex Ryan did masterfully.

    Been a drought in the playoffs since Spygate, hasnt it?

  51. Exactly, he’s used to talking about himself, due to his insecurity.

    That penalty was as dumb a penalty as you’ll ever see and there’s absolutely no excuse for it.

    He won’t last with the Pats.
    ========================
    Why’d the hell they sign him then?
    wouldnt ex-Pats know that when they bring this up it’s a distraction in and of itself?

    Is this is what former Belichick players do?

  52. Look,
    More than half of you people have no clue of what the hell you are talking about. “Spygate” is done and over with. GET OVER IT! 2 just because your team sucks and hasn’t produced ANYTHING in YEARS/DECADES dont’t hate! Nobody is a cheater so find other words to use. Eric Mangina is and will confess that he is an idiot and was incharge of setting up the Pats, that news will come soon in his book. And those of you who contiune to comment the same grabage everyday get over yourself and your useless team. Don’t hate the Pats because they are good. And for you TOEriffic Rex Ryan fans…. THE JETS SUCK!!!!!

  53. chad’s never done performance enhancers. Chad’s never been suspended for doing performance enhancers.

    Rodney Harrison, suspended for using performance enhancers how many times? how many games? noted on the dirtiest player list, voted on by players, for how many years?

    harrison should probably shut up when it comes to anyone else in football. he’s got too much of his own baggage to point fingers.

  54. Come on, people. This is so freakin obvious.

    Bruschi was looking for any reason to get on Ochocinco. But Ochocinco flipped the script. Instead of doing something to set himself apart from the team, Ochocinco went out of his way to praise the Patriots.

    But Bruschi and Harrison—both meatheads, have to jump on him anyway. Its only because they were planning to criticize him all along.

    So stupid and contrived. Doesn’t anyone see that?

  55. “I feel sorry for Chad. They are changing the guy and this might hurt his game. He needs to be free. Foxboro is prison veterans. Don’t go there.”

    You’re a moron……

    hurt his game? When was the last time this big mouth overated prick has been anything resembling good?

    Ya, that’s what I thought.

  56. Rodney, you and Bruschi are no longer with the NE Patriots. Therefore, the affairs of the Patriots are none of your concern. Both of you need to put the mic down and mind your own business.

  57. I think Tedi and Rodney are both taking Ocho’s comments out of context. Sure he needs to make plays and expect this offense to produce big numbers, but Tom Brady (as good as he is and as great as the Patriots offense has been in the past) has never come clsoe to passing for these numbers before. Actually before the Dolphins game, Tom’s biggest passing day was 380 yards (of course he did that in one half and one drive before being pulled).

    Ocho was in awe. He’d never seen Brady do anything like that before…neither have Bruschi and Harrison (nor anyone else). Take a pill jerkoffs. I know its your job to stir the pot, but being ridiculous is not in your job description.

  58. ampking101 says: Sep 14, 2011 7:46 PM

    This right here is why I respect.Brady but will never, ever respect the Pats. Most of those trophies in their case is due to cheating. Everyone cheats but don’t get caught and when you do get caught and you’re lucky enough to keep those tributes don’t act like a douche because you have those rings/trophies.

    Signed a Falcon fan since 1994 (que the you’ve never had a ring hate)
    ________________________________________
    Since you’re a Falcon’s fan I assume you know who Tim Green is. Go read his book ,the nonfiction one he wrote about his playing days, and see what he said about the practice of taping signals by teams. Then come back here and be high and mighty and full of self righteousness about the practice.

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