Patriots coaches push Ochocinco to learn offense faster


Chad Ochocinco has yet to respond to the seemingly over-the-top criticism from Tedy Bruschi.

Ocho’s usually active Twitter account has been dormant. During Wednesday’s locker room media time, Ochocinco was absent.  Mike Reiss of points out this is a change from Ocho’s normal routine.  (He’s openly courted the Patriots media with effectiveness.)

Reiss thinks how Ochocinco reacts to the firestorm will be telling.  We could be entering a crucial phase of Ochocinco’s tenure with the team.

While the Patriots don’t need Ochocinco to be a No. 1 receiver, they expect production considering the signing bonus they gave him in August. Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald writes that the coaching staff has “turned up the heat on Ochocinco” to pick up the offense quicker.

“Everyone has an opinion on everything, and none of it really means anything,” Tom Brady said. “The only thing that means anything are the guys in this locker room and what we do every day in practice.”

The Patriots coaching philosophy is to endlessly apply pressure internally so that players are more prepared for what comes on Sundays.

Guys that can’t keep up ultimately get left behind.

UPDATE: Ocho speaks.  Sort of.  He went through the locker and told reporters with a smile: “Y’all know I’m not talking’.”

He also ended his Twitter dry spell: “Just checking everyones pulse,yall good? I’m sure you guys are fine, i love you and i mean that in every sense of that 4 letter word #1LUV.”

We’ll update this vital breaking story as events warrant.

77 responses to “Patriots coaches push Ochocinco to learn offense faster

  1. I still think there is a possibility he could be cut before the end of the season and they’ll just chose to eat that monster signing bonus.

  2. Ocho has not responded because you cant win a fight with “Mr. Patriot” Teddy Bruschi… Even Ocho knows not to go there or he will alienate the fan base.

    Let’s have Rodney Harrison pile on also….any other ex pats want some? Why not just paint Ocho as far into a corner as possible and then cut him.

    If every sentence about bruschi starts off with
    ” 3-time super bowl winner……” are you really going to win a patriot argument with him?

  3. Bruschi’s criticism was too much. Especially for a recent Patriot.

    That said, Chad is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. But, he is a professional football player. He should know this by now.

    I think Randy Moss might be getting a phone call soon.

  4. I dont get this at all. From the second i heard they signed Ocho i didnt see why. I never thought he was a good fit on their team and i know other people agreed to. I never thought they needed him. Now hes having trouble and everyone is all over him for writing a stupid tweet. Bruschi is nuts imo, to me he wrote nothing bad at all. If your against him tweeting thats one thing but dont rip him for bragging on his team after a blowout win. Im sure hes trying hard to pick up the offense. I thought BB could plug anyone in their offense and get the most out of them? I heard that a million times i could have threw up. I really think Ocho is in over his head on this team.

  5. I think Teddy took playing for the Patriots a little so seriously. Yes, BB has elevated that franchise to elite status, but players talk about “The Patriot Way” as if it’s part of the U.S. Constitution.

  6. Ochocinco needs to work harder and avoid stupid penalties – but his “I’m in awe of the Patriots” comment shouldn’t be taken out of context.

    The hurry-up offense gameplan from Monday wasn’t about to result in many looks to Ochocinco

    If Randy Moss were still on the team he’d be openly complaining about how Brady needs to target him more

    In the case of Ochocinco he’s openly showing respect for his teammates and applauding a win – even when the gameplan didn’t include him.

    That’s a good start – now he just needs to perform in games when the gameplan calls for him to be used as a deep threat

    (though DCs are going to have a tough time keeping up with a TE duo who are quick and big enough to go deep too.)

  7. Actually, Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison—both of whom exemplified the “Patriot Way”—don’t have to say a single word here. Chad Ochocinco is being infrequently targeted by Brady. That tells Pats fans all they need to know. Chad needs to step it up—and soon. Otherwise, he may be tweeting at some point down the road that he’s no longer with the New England Patriots.

  8. Chad was drafted by the Bengals in 2001 and was still consistently running the wrong route in 2010. Good luck with this one Pats.

  9. I really don’t see the big deal about the tweet. I don’t even know why they traded for him to tell you the truth. They seemed to be stacked at WR as it was.

  10. duanethomas says: Sep 15, 2011 12:05 PM

    Dummy. Randy Moss in his 1st game as a Patroit had 9 for 180 yds.


    Yeah, and he also had four months of learning the play book before his 1st game as a Patriot.

    Chad has had what, 5-6 weeks so far?


  11. The Patriots ffense has success because they have a bunch of guys whoa re all working hard and doing their own jobs well. They know the scheme. They run their routes every play. They block when asked. That way Brady can go to any of them and they will be doing what they are supposed to do and the entire play is executed properly. Is Ocho Cinco that kind of guy? Can he be?

  12. Rule of Life: The higher you move up the food chain, the more is expected of you and the harder it is. Who ever heard of “the Bengal Way?” He’ll get it but he better get going soon if he knows what’s good for him.

  13. As I tried to convey on SiriusXM NFL Radio this morning before Ross cut me off, He was just added to the Patriots in August. NFL playbooks are as big as a telephone book. That is a bit much to be consuming in such a short time. He is on training wheels because he is learning. It is hard to run full speed when you are not sure if you understand the job.

    Imagine starting a new job and your bosses and coworkers expecting you to pick it up like a pro who has been doing it for years in a month without any errors. Once he gets it I am sure he will be full speed. Right now he is thinking it while he is doing it. It is not second nature, yet. He’ll get there. He just needs time.

    I sure wish people would shut up about this. It isn’t like he isn’t trying.

  14. The Patriots created the 1st child’s Pop-Up Playbook just for Ocho, and as soon as he learns to read, he’ll be studying everyday, during recess.

  15. Learning the playbook has nothing to do with him not lining up correctly for a play.

    Any veteran WR has to know that, even him.

  16. “Everyone has an opinion on everything, and none of it really means anything,” Tom Brady said. “The only thing that means anything are the guys in this locker room and what we do every day in practice.”

    Basically, Brady saying those guys are in the past. Sure they were good players for the Patriots but they aren’t apart of the team anymore. Those Super Bowls were nice but its the one you’re chasing that means the most.

  17. This story has run its course for this week. I hope he has a 7 for 85 day on Sunday so we can put all of this pontificating BS to bed (for now anyway). In that offense there is no need for a deep threat, so no pressure on him there – he’s not being asked to be Randy Moss. He has the skills for what the Pats passing offense requires. What’s the difference between Chad and Deion Branch? Nothing, Chad’s skills are probably even better than Deion’s. The difference is that Deion knows that offense cold, that’s why he had a 7 for 93 on MNF this week. Brady will make Chad look great if he gets that O passing set down pat.

  18. When was the last time the Patriots won a playoff game? It was the AFC Championship Game in 2007, and that’s the reason I’m tired of hearing about “the Patriot way”. Ba hum bug!

  19. “Patriots coaches push Ochocinco to learn offense faster”

    I don’t see any quotes or story here. Which Patriots coaches are pushing him? Who was interviewed from the Patriots coaching staff?

  20. From the exact same article:

    As for coach Bill Belichick, he praised Ochocinco’s work ethic…“The only statistic really I care about is the final score,” Belichick said. “That’s what our goal is. I know everybody else wants to talk about and write about individual stats, but really I’m concerned about the team’s success.”

  21. Come Sunday Ocho will have 8 catches for 100+ yards.

    And I am tired of hearing when was the last time the Patriots won a playoff game?

    Better question is when was the last time the Patriots won less than 10 games?
    Answer: 2002 when they won 9 games.

    Next question,when was the last time the Patriots finished under 500?

    2000 BB’s first season as HC.

    Point is that this team has remained on top while rebuliding the entire roster outside TB when they won 11 games with Matt Cassell under center for the season

  22. duanethomas says: Sep 15, 2011 12:05 PM
    Dummy. Randy Moss in his 1st game as a Patroit had 9 for 180 yds.

    Don’t get it twisted. Randy Moss was a football genius. Chad is not.

  23. tbraiders says: Sep 15, 2011 1:03 PM
    “Patriots coaches push Ochocinco to learn offense faster”

    I don’t see any quotes or story here. Which Patriots coaches are pushing him? Who was interviewed from the Patriots coaching staff?

    Bingo! What you have here is the media creating a controversy and reporting on said controversy that they themselves created.

    It’s terrible.

  24. Maybe he’ll get cut just like Haynesworth did before the season started. Oops, that didn’t happen either. So much for the inside information.

  25. lockoftheweak says: Sep 15, 2011 12:42 PM
    AFAIK no other Patriot tweeted about the game. Take the hint Ocho.

    That’s a lie. Also, Branch said the same thing Chad said on WEEI.

  26. Ocho’s usually active Twitter account has been dormant. During Wednesday’s locker room media time, Ochocinco was absent. Mike Reiss of points out this is a change from Ocho’s normal routine. (He’s openly courted the Patriots media with effectiveness.)

    The fact that “85” is running silent is a good sign. Chad needs to be committed, to make this work, and his silence means he isn’t pouting, isn’t miserable.

    He’s getting it.

    That’s gotta be great news. Dude has had much talent, and the Pat’s can still wring a bit more from him if he’s committed.

    He signed here because he wants to WIN here, and it seems now like he’s getting serious finally.

    Remember one thing: if Bruschi’s saying it, Belichick is THINKING it.

  27. “Everyone has an opinion on everything, and none of it really means anything,” Tom Brady said. “The only thing that means anything are the guys in this locker room and what we do every day in practice.”

    Bruschi and Harrison, you have just been roasted by Brady himself.

  28. Bruschi just sounded like an arrogant ass when he went off on Ocho. I heard Patrick Chung praising Tom Brady on NFL radio this morning. How is that any different?

    Ocho may need to learn the offense better, but Bruschi should stop acting like he’s still on team.

  29. What were Randy Moss’ playoff stats? Somebody…anybody? (crickets)

    Yeah it takes a real genius to run go route and jump over everybody.Chad is a better football player than moss just based on the fact that his heart pumps blood and not Kool Aid.

  30. I Love the Patriot way…obviously they are very good and Bill B knows football better than most (of course he never won anything as a head coach without a qb named Tom Brady)…but they haven’t won a Super Bowl since 2004.

    I am beginning to think “The Patriot Way” is a bit over-rated. They won their Super Bowls in the early part of the last decade. My point is, its been a while. If you want to think of the most dominant team in the history of the NFL, I think the Steelers have to be it (I’m not a Pittsburgh fan)…then the Cowboys, then the Packers, next would be the 49ers or the Pats. If the Raiders hadnt sucked for the last decade, they would be right there, but I’d say them and the Bears are next, followed by the Dolphins (I’m a Fins fan) and Colts. Shoot, missed the Giants…they need to be in there somewhere with Raiders and Bears. Broncos, Redskins, Eagles. The rest do not have a strong enough history to be considered in the top dozen or so teams.

  31. If Brady and BB still see potential for success there, they’ll start targeting him more. If Tom really likes Ocho, he’ll look for him more ahd more.

    We’ll know if he’s starting to “get it” based on his looks and touches going forward. If he remains unable to pass Deion Branch on the depth chart and doesn’t get on the field for much more than a dozen plays a game in another month, then we should worry that he’s failed.

    Otherwise it is still too early to tell.

  32. Told y’all that T.O. works harder!!!

    We don’t have hear about him in reports such as these involving Chad.

  33. I’m a life-long Pats fan, but Bruschi’s criticism is unwarranted. With the lockout, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Chad is a few weeks behind the rest of the offense. Bruschi should just shut his mouth and remember that if it weren’t for Belichick and Kraft his career in the NFL might have been shorter than Chad’s as a Patriot.

  34. Tedy you’re done. Shut the hell up! First Randy, now Chad. You must be tired of all these black WR’s that made tons of money more than you ever did. That’s the way it goes. And to your buddy Rodney, the nastiest, dirtiest db in the game when he played…cheapshot artist…will forever be known as the back that had one of the most amazing catches EVER made in the Superbowl during the year you thought your team would become immortal for perfection..both of you were on that team and you FAILED…18 wins and no championship…hahahahahahahahahaha!
    Chad, as long as your boss, Bill, and your QB are ok with you, screw retirees!

  35. The NE attack is a game-plan offense, not just a “line it up like we normally do” offense.

    Last week’s game plan was all about no-huddle and having the Hernandez, Gronkowski, Branch, Welker, and Woodhead line up in 10 different positions on 10 consecutive plays, all without a huddle. Those were guys who know the offense inside and out to know the routes and adjustments to run from 10 different formations.

    Next week might be conventional, huddle it up football and Chad might have a bigger role.

    Chad only had 18 snaps, but Ben-Jarvis only had 22. Some days Ben-Jarvis will have 50 snaps and be depended on for 100 yards.

    This offense doesn’t have a cookie-cutter approach and some weeks it artifically seems like a guy disappears. It frustrates the fantasy players, but “it is what it is”

  36. “tiffpats4eva says: Sep 15, 2011 1:15 PM

    That’s a lie. Also, Branch said the same thing Chad said on WEEI.”

    Tiff, I always respect your comments on this site. But the fact that you listen to WEEI has knocked you down a peg. Say it aint so…..

  37. Dear Tedy and Rodney (but especially Tedy since Rodney was just having his former teammate’s back),

    If you want to pick apart a Patriot player’s tweets, try Brandon Spikes. Upon reading them a lot of us Pats fans aren’t sure he wants to be a Pats anymore. THOSE aren’t productive, Chad’s compliments don’t hurt anything.

    this Pats fan

  38. There was never this kind of pressure to win in Cincy like it is there. You don’t carry your weight in NE or act like a priviledged character you’ll find yourself on the business end of extreme peer pressure and chilling glares from the head coach. Each players earns his spot on that team.

  39. Ochocinco used to sleep at the Cinci facilities, so I think it’s a little unfair to criticize his work ethic. All the stories coming out of NE are that he hasn’t learned the playbook yet, not that he isn’t working hard at learning the playbook. New England runs a very complex scheme and coming from a system in which he was essentially always the X receiver and told he could freelance (that says all you need to know about his old coaching staff), there’s a ton of information to process. I think this is the baggage that Ochocinco created for himself in Cinci following him to New England. He dug the hole, true enough, but I don’t have a problem with anything he’s done with the Pats. If he still hasn’t learned the playbook by November, I’ll change my mind.

  40. @ adkcabin…

    You’re certainly entitled to characterize Bruschi’s criticism as “unwarranted,” though I disagree. That’s your opinion. But, as a self-described “life-long Pats fan,” you’re actually belittling Tedy Bruschi and telling him to “shut his mouth”? I suppose you feel the same way about Rodney Harrison, who echoed Bruschi’s criticism. Are you as well-connected to the Patriots locker room as them? Have you been as critical to our Super Bowl years as them? Until Chad starts to produce, I’ll defer to their opinion over yours.

  41. Tedy, Ocho is younger and has more of a personality then you – you should want him to stay in the field as long as possible because when he comes out he’ll be taking your ESPN gig.

  42. Ocho’s closer to getting waived than people realize.

    Nothing’s eminent, that’s for certain, but he’s no better than tied for 5th (w/ Julian Edelman) as a receiving option in their passing attack.
    And with last years 3rd round pick Taylor Price, who they definitely like, continuing to make strides, who knows?
    Edleman’s their punt and kick returner right now so he’s already a “must suit up” on game days.
    Price is 23 and coming in off an impressive Training Camp and pre season. He didn’t dress against Miami but that’s not gonna go on forever.

    Ocho better get things in gear because he clearly looks to be the most expendable right now.

  43. Rhode Island Pats Fan,
    Since you put so much stock in the opinion of ex-Patriots, how about the opinion of a current Patriot such as Brady? Brady has repeatedly stated that Chad has been working tirelessly to learn the Patriots’ system. I suppose you believe that Bruschi is better connected to the locker room than Brady. The fact is that Bruschi is NOT in the locker room, and is only relying on the opinions of some of his friends. I’ll take Brady’s word over Ted’s any day.

  44. He would probably be more coachable if he weren’t slow and unathletic. The Pats might have wanted to check that before they grabbed him.

  45. The guys that have diahea of the mouth are
    usally dumb $hits, that like to hear themselves
    talk. It’s not surprising that he’s too dumb to
    learn the playbook. Hope he gets cut, that might
    dampen his ego.

  46. Heard in Pats locker room-

    “Damn Chad, if the video guy could get the sideline footage to Ernie Adams in time for him to decipher those defensive signals in-game, then you sure can learn those five plays we gave you”

  47. I think Sinkhole is WAY out of his league in New England. Randy moss is gone for several reasons,one of them being his mouth….Now B.B. (correct me if im wrong) never looked kindly on controversy…especially if it caused distractions . Thats why ,I still dont understand why Ocho is even playing for Belichick…He doesnt like “trash talk”…its that simple…Even if the talk is about a win.

  48. @ ‘carnboys’ says,

    ‘has always been overrated’…….

    You sure about that ? 4 time AFC recieving yardage champion, 6 time pro-bowler.

    Sometimes overrated; sure, always overrated………no.

  49. “Just checking everyones pulse,yall good?”

    Now that’s funny. You can fault Chad on a lot of things, but the guy does have a great sense of humor 🙂

  50. They were playing 2 TE’s almost the entire time. In the hurry up, which is going to be harder for Ocho to pick up than actual huddled play calls, I assume. Brady threw to him 3 times. If he caught all 3, and had 60 yards, nobody would have said anything.

    Ocho is just a cog in the works for the Pats. He’s no longer “the man.” There will come a day in the near future, however, that Brady pumps the ball to him like 15 times in a game… you watch. Might be this week, just to make a point. Week to week, you never know what tricks Bill and the boys will pull out of their pocket, or who they will focus the offense around (or the defense, for that matter.)

    THAT is the Patriots way (along with all the locker room stuff from Bruschi.)

  51. In the last 24 hours, “Chad” has been given a beautiful open handed slap in the face. How he responds will say alot about his attitude, and by extension, how long he will wear the uniform. Balls in your court “Ocho”, better not drop it. Lose the twitter account.

  52. Ochocinco’s “in awe of” comment is more about how little that team needs him and how much he’s coming to terms with that.

    He had better realize it fast, because when the Patriots figure out they can do without someone, they cut or trade them to Oakland.

    (and Chad still definitely has something left)

  53. The Pats run a complicated offense. Every play called can be broken off into 3-4 different routes depending on what the defense does at the line. Ocho hasn’t grasped it yet. Moss and Welker and Branch did. Other veterans who failed in this system? Charles Johnson, Bert Emanuel, Joey Galloway, JJ Stokes to name a few. I’m not saying these guys are as good as Ocho, but they were very competent WRs in the NFL, who couldn’t learn the system. And as someone earlier mentioned, they had the benefit of a full off season where Chad has had 5-6 weeks. Give him some time. I have a feeling that he will break out by week 4.

  54. In past years most free agents were signed by May, with mini-camps, OTA’s and access to the playbook for months BEFORE training camp. Ochocinco was signed with the full knowledge of the coaching staff that it would be mid season before he finally has a command of the offense. They are not panicking, nor should you, give the man time.

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