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Ochocinco returns to Twitter

Hue Jackson,  Chad Ochocinco AP

Anyone who follows Pats receiver Chad Ochocinco on Twitter realized today that, for the first time since September 24, Ochocinco posted a new entry.

“Ok I can finally tweet again,” Ochocinco said earlier today, “what have I missed the past 2 weeks besides that f–king pass [in] Buffalo? Talk about bad timing, talk to me peeps?”

The question becomes why was he unable to tweet?  And then the question becomes why is he now able to do so?

The typically loquacious Ochocinco has been far quieter since joining the Patriots, and recent comments from Raiders coach Hue Jackson regarding the manner in which he handled Chad in Cincinnati makes us wonder whether the “Patriot Way” is keeping Chad from getting the most out of his talents by restricting his individuality.

With nine catches for 136 yards on the season and a surprising lack of playing time, it’s hard to imagine that Chad will be back in 2012.  And it’s hard to envision him not joining Jackson with the Raiders, where Chad’s unique personality will be celebrated, not stifled.

UPDATE 10:43 p.m. ET:  Apparently, Chad gave up Twitter because he lost a bet, or something.  Either way, he isn’t the same guy he was on Twitter before he joined the Patriots.  And anytime people are forced to consciously suppress who they really are, it potentially has an impact in other ways.

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45 Responses to “Ochocinco returns to Twitter”
  1. bradblah says: Oct 12, 2011 10:36 PM

    If you did any research at all, you’d have read that he lost a bet in a game of Madden and couldn’t tweet from his account. He was tweeting from his girls account though.

  2. vahawker says: Oct 12, 2011 10:39 PM

    makes us wonder whether the “Patriot Way” is keeping Chad from getting the most out of his talents by restricting his individuality.
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    Expecting him to run routes as drawn up, be where he is supposed to be when he supposed to be there, make catches when the ball hits him in the hand…you know….play WR certainly seems to be asking too much. All those things require a discipline Ocho never had.

  3. citnetter says: Oct 12, 2011 10:45 PM

    Why in the hell would the Raiders want this headache when they have what appears to be a young, talented, and fairly deep WR corp? Do you guys even consider what the other team has before assuming a player will end up with Team XYZ because of some far fetched association to a coach or front office person? Maybe Jackson’s happy to be rid of this chump…

  4. hsatpft says: Oct 12, 2011 10:49 PM

    The Raiders have 6 WR on the roster now, including 4 young guys who need playing time to improve. They’ll only sign C85 if he’s willing to play for cheap.

  5. piratebeard says: Oct 12, 2011 10:49 PM

    oh hell no! Oakland doesn’t need WRs. They’re actually pretty deep at that position.

    Chad, you’re washed up!

  6. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 12, 2011 10:50 PM

    The plucky interns monitoring the comments at PFT are forcing me to consciously suppress who I really am.

  7. Canyonero says: Oct 12, 2011 10:52 PM

    “loquacious “?? here, have a quarter

  8. jodyzzzz says: Oct 12, 2011 10:52 PM

    The guy is not the same because he not as young as he used to be, not because the pats are stifling his individuality, gimme a break!

  9. grizzlyfox says: Oct 12, 2011 10:53 PM

    Ocho wasn’t very good last year as a Bengal. But when he and TO are out there every play, Carson has to throw the ball to somebody.

    What an effing joke that team was. I still can’t believe Belichek took a flyer on this guy after all the nonsense in Cincinnati.

    Yelling at the QB between plays (which forced many delay of games, Bengals haven’t had one yet this season), dropping passes, false starts, allegedly punching a coach………yet Chad seems to have a good reputation in the league.

    Not sure why. He fizzled sometime in 09.

  10. joemcrugby says: Oct 12, 2011 10:55 PM

    Chaddy is failing because (1) he has always been an awful route runner, and (2) he has always relied on his natural physical talent rather than put in the study time necessary to become an elite receiver with a winning franchise.

    It’s not due to Stinko’s “suppressing his personality”. What a weak copout / piece of rationalization – and this is coming from as far from a Patriot fan as you can find.

  11. frankgarrett says: Oct 12, 2011 11:05 PM

    who?

  12. raiderapologist says: Oct 12, 2011 11:05 PM

    Johnson isn’t a lock to be in Oakland next season. They have a bunch of young receivers, and you can’t count on old guys to sell tickets and be productive on the field.

  13. rushmatic says: Oct 12, 2011 11:05 PM

    “Anytime people are forced… it potentially has an impact….”

    Yeah OK, Mike.

  14. waitingguilty says: Oct 12, 2011 11:07 PM

    I don’t agree with the assertion that the Pats culture or lack of social media is responsible for what you are seeing from Chad Johnson this year.

    My theory is that there are 4-5 better, smarter, harder working options ahead of him in the passing game.

    Sometimes it’s just that simple.

  15. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 12, 2011 11:11 PM

    As a Pats fan, Ochocinco Johnson (I still insist on calling him that because if he was changing his name, he should have started with “Chad” because that is an awful name) always annoyed me because he was pretty good at football, but was incredibly irritating as a person and personality.

    Now that he has joined the Patriots, and has subdued his personality……he annoys me because he is terrible at football.

    Does he suck at football because he had to subdue his personality? I don’t know…..all I can adequately surmise that that, no matter what, this man is going to irritate me until he goes away completely.

    Which, based on his awful season, will no doubt be sooner rather than later.

  16. shieldsisland37 says: Oct 12, 2011 11:32 PM

    Has Chad Johnson ever been anything more than deep corner guy? Seriously, he always put up huge games because he would beat people deep to the corner. I never remember him taking a slant or hitch to the house. He never had superior jukes or strength. He was always deep seem, deep post, deep corner. If he has lost that ability, which duh he is old, then thats his entire game. It has nothing to do with the brain cell killing TREND which is twitter. Child Please.

  17. bluemist says: Oct 13, 2011 12:16 AM

    Where does it say that everyone should be allowed to run their mouths? The Patriot Code of Silence isn’t a bad thing for the team as a whole. After our last game, I wish our “loquacious” DC would keep his big trap shut.

  18. pilot2011 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:23 AM

    He and Steve Smith can team back up with each other from their JuCo days.

  19. captainwisdom8888 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:24 AM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Oct 12, 2011 10:50 PM
    The plucky interns monitoring the comments at PFT are forcing me to consciously suppress who I really am.
    ——————

    Amen.

  20. mspeechez says: Oct 13, 2011 12:27 AM

    maybe NE can trade Chad to the Raiders for a first round pick. NE needs to fill the void and get a better WR

  21. trbowman says: Oct 13, 2011 12:33 AM

    “If you did any research at all, you’d have read that he lost a bet in a game of Madden and couldn’t tweet from his account. He was tweeting from his girls account though.”

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say Mike/Gregg have better things to be doing than researching why someone stopped posting on twitter…..

  22. jpak12 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:35 AM

    Expectations were really too high from ppl about Ochocinco, who was he going to pass on the pecking order in the Pats receiving core?

    Welker? No
    Branch? No
    Gronkowski?No
    Hernandez?N0

    So just out of that list alone that leaves Ochocinco as the 5th option, also add in the fact that Woodhead would be targeted in the passing game so its really no shock.

    So why bring in Ochocinco in as a 5th option? Because Edelman is more of a Welker type player and that leaves the inexperienced Taylor Price as the other option out wide.

  23. gobills716 says: Oct 13, 2011 12:36 AM

    bradblah says:
    Oct 12, 2011 10:36 PM
    If you did any research at all, you’d have read that he lost a bet in a game of Madden and couldn’t tweet from his account. He was tweeting from his girls account though.
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    why would any waste their time to do “research” on Chad JOHNSON’S twitter status. Good thing you’re such an avid follower to keep the rest of us in the loop.

  24. cincybert says: Oct 13, 2011 1:11 AM

    This makes perfect sense! In fact, I can apply the same brillant argument to my own life. Why is it that now that I am pushing 40 I can no longer get to the basket in my weekend bball game? Its clearly because my unique personality is being stifled.

  25. MadDog Rickles says: Oct 13, 2011 1:28 AM

    #gimmie the #goddam #ball

  26. rhymeswithpunt says: Oct 13, 2011 3:01 AM

    All Tom Brady needs to do is to throw to Ocho.. Short slot routes up the middle.. Maybe Ocho should become a TE.. or should try to think he’s better than Wes Welker.. Be a Weapon Ocho and make a diference.. Child Please.

  27. raiderbeliever says: Oct 13, 2011 3:53 AM

    Uh…we don’t need this mouthy prima donna in Oakland to run his mouth and negatively influence the young, talented group of WR’s we already have.

    Stay away “eightfive,” don’t bring this to Oakland Hue.

  28. dspohn55 says: Oct 13, 2011 4:13 AM

    citnetter says: Oct 12, 2011 10:45 PM

    Why in the hell would the Raiders want this headache when they have what appears to be a young, talented, and fairly deep WR corp? Do you guys even consider what the other team has before assuming a player will end up with Team XYZ because of some far fetched association to a coach or front office person? Maybe Jackson’s happy to be rid of this chump…

    ——————————————–

    Actually Chad to Oakland makes a lot of sense on many levels. The great working relationship with Hue. The Raiders longstanding reputation as career revivers. The youthful inexperience of the Raiders wide receiving corps. If I were to put money on it, I’d bet Oakland for sure.

  29. joetoronto says: Oct 13, 2011 4:40 AM

    As many have already said, the Raiders are actually very deep at WR, there’s just no need there at all.

    Also, contrary to popular belief, the Raiders don’t have diva’s on their team, and haven’t since Jerry Porter.

  30. duncanthecat says: Oct 13, 2011 7:30 AM

    Unless Haynesworth starts producing and fast, he might be picking Ochocinco up at the Oakland Airport.

  31. mymanmccoy says: Oct 13, 2011 7:36 AM

    I guess the patriot way won’t work after all. I mean with all those superbowl’s, they seemed to have stifled alot of players personalities. You go be you chad, next year, you be you.

  32. patriotera says: Oct 13, 2011 7:55 AM

    Chad was happy to go to N.E. and BB was happy to have him. I doubt they were both wrong about chemistry. what doe Teddy Bruschi think of this theory?

  33. jlb10 says: Oct 13, 2011 8:52 AM

    mspeechez says: Oct 13, 2011 12:27 AM

    maybe NE can trade Chad to the Raiders for a first round pick. NE needs to fill the void and get a better WR
    _____________________

    maybe you haven’t noticed but that trade has turned about pretty damn good for oakland. some would even say they got the better end of the deal. some would say that the ne defense hasn’t been the same since seymour left

  34. bullcharger says: Oct 13, 2011 9:03 AM

    “And anytime people are forced to consciously suppress who they really are, it potentially has an impact in other ways.”

    —————————-
    Come on… this is the NFL… not a Kumbaya singing group. These guys get paid millions of dollars to perform and Ocho is getting his chances. He made two great catches last game that were key to the Patriots success. He was never going to be the number 1 receiver coming in and even if he is better talent wise than Branch, he could never have beat him out as the number two without working with Brady for a significant amount of time. He`ll be ready come playoff time… when we actually need him. Teams have to cover the guy or he will burn them. He`s still getting respect of the defenses. Who cares about Ocho`s feelings. He`s a pro and he`ll show his worth before the end of the year.

  35. hillzmickelzon says: Oct 13, 2011 9:32 AM

    Chad is gettin one year with the pats and i really think Bill might cut him now that he is back tweeting. And Ocho is not going to oakland he is going to the jets because he is gonna want payback for playing 20 snaps a game with the pats & what better place than N.Y? i would take chad in the slot than derrick mason anyday

  36. 2sausage11 says: Oct 13, 2011 9:44 AM

    And anytime people are forced to consciously suppress who they really are, it potentially has an impact in other ways.

    ————————————-
    Thats life get used to it

  37. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Oct 13, 2011 9:58 AM

    Ocho back on Twitter. Thank God!!! Now all is right with the world again. In Boston he is becoming the Pats version of John Lackey. Hopefully he didn’t sign a long lease in the area.

  38. laeaglefan says: Oct 13, 2011 9:58 AM

    Chad has not been a top receiver for several years now. Has anyone considered that maybe he’s just getting old and is washed up?

  39. huejackson says: Oct 13, 2011 10:03 AM

    Belicheat is just a jerk, The fact of the matter is Chad Johnson has not been GREAT since he had Hue telling him how to play.. He has been average since Hue left.. If Chad went to the Raiders you would see him shine again. Look at Heywood Bey everyone was saying he was a bust and now he is one of the best in the NFL… It’s because of Hue THE REAL Genius Jackson.. Move over belicheat Hue is the man now..
    Hue is doing against the other teams and the Refs..
    Belicheat has the Refs in his back Pocket.
    I’ts easy to win when you have cameras and the refs on ur side

  40. dukemarc says: Oct 13, 2011 10:06 AM

    “Either way, he isn’t the same guy he was on Twitter before he joined the Patriots. And anytime people are forced to consciously suppress who they really are, it potentially has an impact in other ways.”
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    This is code for “This hurts PFT’s hits per day.”

  41. dbones750 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:11 AM

    I’m sorry…are you suggesting that because Chad can’t tweet, he’s not as good at running and catching?

  42. Topher says: Oct 13, 2011 12:19 PM

    Anytime anything happens it potentially has an impact on something else.

  43. pastabelly says: Oct 13, 2011 12:51 PM

    Tweet or no tweet, he’s not getting the ball before Welker, Branch, Gronkowski, or Hernandez. It’s more than ironic that he would be one of the top three receivers if were on the Jets.

  44. phantomthebusybody says: Oct 13, 2011 1:20 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Oct 12, 2011 10:50 PM
    The plucky interns monitoring the comments at PFT are forcing me to consciously suppress who I really am.

    _________

    Maybe you should think a little bit about the kind of things that you post. Then, perhaps you wouldn’t be zapped as often.

    Just a thought…

  45. hsatpft says: Oct 13, 2011 2:10 PM

    As a life long Raider fan, I gotta say this is 1 of the dumbest comments ever. HJ has only been a head coach for 5 games, including a loss to the Pats that could have been a win. 1 thing we know about HJ already is that he’s smart enough not to trash talk (like that RR in New Jersey) & you can be sure he respects how much BB has accomplished, too.

    huejackson says:
    Oct 13, 2011 10:03 AM
    Belicheat is just a jerk, The fact of the matter is Chad Johnson has not been GREAT since he had Hue telling him how to play.. He has been average since Hue left.. If Chad went to the Raiders you would see him shine again. Look at Heywood Bey everyone was saying he was a bust and now he is one of the best in the NFL… It’s because of Hue THE REAL Genius Jackson.. Move over belicheat Hue is the man now..
    Hue is doing against the other teams and the Refs..
    Belicheat has the Refs in his back Pocket.
    I’ts easy to win when you have cameras and the refs on ur side

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