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Brady reassures Ochocinco: “You’re doing good”

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With Albert Haynesworth now done in New England, questions are starting to emerge about whether the Patriots’ other high-profile offseason acquisition, Chad Ochocinco, could be next. But Tom Brady doesn’t appear to want Ochocinco to go.

Brady has said publicly that he supports Ochocinco, and after Brady and Ochocinco failed to connect on a third-and-7 play in Sunday’s loss to the Giants, the NFL Films cameras caught Brady privately encouraging Ochocinco as well.

“You’re doing good,” Brady told Ochocinco. “You’re doing good. Just keep playing hard. That’s all I want.”

But the fact is, Ochocinco is not doing well. He has nine catches for 136 yards and no touchdowns this season, and in the loss to the Giants all five passes Brady threw to Ochocinco were incomplete.

And Ochocinco just doesn’t look like he fits in the Patriots’ precision passing game. On that incompletion on third-and-7, Ochocinco appeared to cut off his route, turn around and jump for the ball, when if he had just kept running his route he would have been exactly where Brady’s incomplete pass landed. Ochocinco apologized to Brady for that on the sideline afterward.

“I don’t want to cut it short,” Ochocinco told Brady, seeming to confirm that’s exactly what he had done.

From all indications, the Patriots aren’t planning to give Ochocinco the Haynesworth treatment. But he’s having a bad season, not matter how many reassurances Brady gives him.

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57 Responses to “Brady reassures Ochocinco: “You’re doing good””
  1. phillyfan4ever says: Nov 9, 2011 6:56 AM

    Doing good at what exactly?

  2. tfbuckfutter says: Nov 9, 2011 7:13 AM

    I understand being a leader and motivator and all…..

    The guy is not a rookie. He’s not getting it. It’s not like he will magically improve as his career progresses further.

  3. Dynasty says: Nov 9, 2011 7:17 AM

    Is Randy Moss an option here?

  4. mataug says: Nov 9, 2011 7:17 AM

    well Tom Brady is not gonna be a good coach at this rate 😀

  5. londonfletcher says: Nov 9, 2011 7:19 AM

    “You’re doing good,” Brady told Ochocinco. “You’re doing good. Just keep TWEETING hard. That’s all I want.”


  6. deadmanwalking47 says: Nov 9, 2011 7:24 AM

    i think they got rid of fat albert because he was lazy in practice and lazy on the field sundays.obviously ocho stinko is playing and trying his best on and off the field,during games and practice.i think the coaches respect that.

  7. Patriot42 says: Nov 9, 2011 7:29 AM

    The Pats looks a little shaky right now and almost out of the AFC East race so if the offense can’t overcome the defenseless defense they are toast.

  8. kenneallys06 says: Nov 9, 2011 7:30 AM

    He is doing great at not catching the dam ball!!!
    Dump the bum and bring back Moss !!!

  9. gb4mn0 says: Nov 9, 2011 7:35 AM

    It seems Brady is now handling the “kiss of death” votes of confidence at NE. OnNoStinkO will be seen next week in the unemployed line.

  10. addict2sport says: Nov 9, 2011 7:44 AM

    Where Brady and Chad mic’d up for that game? How are you able to quote their conversation?

  11. txxxchief says: Nov 9, 2011 7:45 AM

    Tom Brady throws the ball good and uses good grammar too!

  12. kelvinmchale says: Nov 9, 2011 7:47 AM

    OK, now this is just getting embarassing. Get rid of him already. Every throw to him is a free play for the defense.

  13. joker65 says: Nov 9, 2011 7:47 AM

    Wrong should be “you’re doing well.”

  14. mn1bjb says: Nov 9, 2011 7:50 AM

    I had the same conversation with my 9 year old son after striking out in little league. This seems like a juvenile conversation to have among professional football players.

  15. tim1999 says: Nov 9, 2011 7:54 AM

    Haynesworth was disliked in the Patriot locker room. Patriot players did not like Haynesworth nor did the coaching staff.
    That’s not the case with Chad. Ocho will make a key catch in a big game this year.

  16. rodgersrules says: Nov 9, 2011 7:55 AM

    In other words Brady’s been told by Belichick: “we’re not cutting him”

  17. jimyritz says: Nov 9, 2011 7:56 AM

    What is Ochostinko doing good at? Collecting a paycheck? The team has 2 rookie TE’s who seem to know the system real well, yet this guy can’t figure it out…Shocking…

    He must have naked pictures of BB or something because every other veteran who has been awful has ben released…

    As a Pats fan, I give BB an F for the personnel moves this year…The most important drive of the game for the Defense against the Giants and you have Sergio Brown in and Tracy White–no excuse for that…

  18. 4t9er says: Nov 9, 2011 7:57 AM

    Belichick and Brady need to swallow their pride and give up on Ochocinco.Another receiver would’ve made that catch and in the playoffs (if they get there) every play is important.

  19. eaglesw00t says: Nov 9, 2011 7:58 AM


    It sounds like some pop warner players mom telling him he did good, even though he fumbled the game losing ball into the end zone.

    Nothing about Chads season is good at all.

  20. mac3333 says: Nov 9, 2011 7:59 AM

    And Cincinnati fans are loving the ineptitude Ochocinco and Palmer are showing weekly.

  21. habsman says: Nov 9, 2011 8:01 AM

    How embarassing for “Ocho.”

    Well at least he’s keeping his yap shut. Maybe this is the week to break out vs Kyle Wilson. How great would that be Jet fans?

    Oh the Horror!

  22. quittsburghstoolers says: Nov 9, 2011 8:11 AM

    Brady reassures Ochocinco: “You’re doing good”


    Ocho must be the guy Brady sends out to pick his dry cleaning or to run errands for Gisele.

    It certainly ain’t because he’s “doing good” while the football game is being played…

  23. righthereisay says: Nov 9, 2011 8:12 AM

    That Hall of Fame Jacket may never come…..

  24. billinva says: Nov 9, 2011 8:12 AM

    I really hope this is a “Vote of confidence”.

  25. mondzy805 says: Nov 9, 2011 8:13 AM

    He’s toast.

  26. marinephinfan says: Nov 9, 2011 8:17 AM

    You’re doing “well”.

    And no Tom…no he’s not.

  27. dabears72 says: Nov 9, 2011 8:24 AM

    Ocho Stinko.

  28. wynonaryders says: Nov 9, 2011 8:27 AM

    Chile’Please ..

  29. artiesliver says: Nov 9, 2011 8:29 AM

    It’s time for the elderly bob kraft to let his son John go out and bring the tuna back as gm so he can restock belichicks team…..again. BB is a horrible gm.

  30. bigjimatch says: Nov 9, 2011 8:29 AM

    Awww , what a cute story!

  31. 6ball says: Nov 9, 2011 8:29 AM


    It’s a long season and perhaps post season. I’m not noticing a great variety of options at the outside receiver position. If the Patriots scheme is that complex, it would seem foolhardy to bring in someone from the outside at this point. Cutting him means replacing him. With who?

    I still think he has a few 8-124 games left in him.


  32. bdert says: Nov 9, 2011 8:33 AM

    A leader always reassures his teammates…kudos to ticking time bomb Tom!!

  33. richm2256 says: Nov 9, 2011 8:34 AM

    I’ve heard Brady on numerous interviews, and I’m struck with the feeling that he’s getting tired of defending this guy to the media.

    I admire Brady for protecting 85 by saying “we’ve only played 8 games together”, but we’re 8 weeks in, and he’s shown us nothing. I expect a better adjustment than that from a player of Johnson’s experience.

  34. jigwig13 says: Nov 9, 2011 8:36 AM

    I hope your not talking about the pass that no one would caught..that pass was high and over thrown..even if he would have kept running he wasn’t going to get there..bad pass

  35. jasku880 says: Nov 9, 2011 8:38 AM

    Doing good at what exactly?


    Staying quiet and not tweeting.

    85, please change your name back to Johnson. The ocho thing is getting annoying now. Thanks.

  36. peytonwantsaflag says: Nov 9, 2011 8:38 AM

    “You’re doing good,” Brady told Ochocinco,-

    He then patted him on the head, handed him his lunch bag, and put him on the shorter Patriots bus.

  37. zaggs says: Nov 9, 2011 8:38 AM

    Or maybe Michael Coe is really just that good.

  38. johnnyb216 says: Nov 9, 2011 8:40 AM

    Well that was nice of him.

  39. ampats says: Nov 9, 2011 8:50 AM

    Lets hope it starts on Sunday Night. The bigger issue is the D because as many mistakes as Brady has made ,the Pats were in it till the final whistle.

    The Jets are playing well and should be a good game come Sunday. After that game, the only roadblocks are at Phil aand Buffalo at home the last game of the season.

    Last year, no one had the Packers winning the SB at this conjucture.

  40. okiny says: Nov 9, 2011 8:51 AM

    Seeing as how Ochocinco is teamed up with such a great QB and part of a great offense, it’s hard to defend his lack of productivity. That being said, he wasn’t exactly a slouch with the Bengals. I know New England has a very complex offense, but maybe they should do something to get him more involved. If nothing else that might at least draw him some respectable coverage so others could flourish. If they were 7-1 I’d say leave it as it is, but why not try to get a once dominant receiver in the mix at this point?

  41. polegojim says: Nov 9, 2011 8:53 AM

    Hate to say it, but last Sunday, it was Brady who was off, not OC.

    Chad ran some good routes and was open. Brady just missed him. Not a typical Brady day.

  42. Topher says: Nov 9, 2011 9:10 AM

    Difference between Haynesworth and Ochocinco is that Chad cares that he is sucking and, apparently, is trying to get better.

  43. dmq13 says: Nov 9, 2011 9:14 AM

    I’m a Michigan fan…but im kind of ashamed that Brady didn’t properly learn when and how to use the terms “good” and “well”

  44. greenpacker says: Nov 9, 2011 9:18 AM

    Brady reassures Gisele, “your cooking is good”

  45. portnoychunk says: Nov 9, 2011 9:26 AM

    joker65 says: Nov 9, 2011 7:47 AM

    Wrong should be “you’re doing well.”


    People on here are commenting about/criticizing the grammar used by Brady on an NFL sideline during the middle of a football game? Are you kidding? He’s more articulate than about 99% of the NFL…..haters are really reaching now.

  46. brintfatre says: Nov 9, 2011 9:32 AM

    Doing good at looking like Roy Williams on the field!

  47. n0hopeleft says: Nov 9, 2011 9:36 AM

    Positive reinforcement is good.

    Kind of like Eagles fans trying to be positive about their train wreck of a franchise.

  48. jjbadd says: Nov 9, 2011 9:45 AM

    Not even close to a fan of the pats, Brady, or Ocho, but he is trying, and he hasn’t been a distraction like he waa in the past. He will get it together i believe, because one thing that is true about Ocho, is that he has a competitive nature. He will break out within the next couple of weeks, wait & see…

  49. rexismybff says: Nov 9, 2011 9:46 AM

    Tom’s just trying to score a reality show gig for his no-talent wife.

  50. donmajik7 says: Nov 9, 2011 9:58 AM

    1.13 receptions per game is good? This perception shows why NE is on the downward spiral.

  51. gadgetdawg says: Nov 9, 2011 10:16 AM

    I suspect that at this point they are keeping Chad around because of what he is capable of, not what he is accomplishing.

    Years ago a buddy gave me a good rule of thumb for this kinda stuff. “Honor the threat” means you have to factor in what someone can do, not just what they have been doing. When the Pat feel that isn’t working anymore then Chad will be looking for a new team.

  52. robliano says: Nov 9, 2011 11:37 AM

    OCho is doing well, he’s a decoy at this point, ties up some of the D (CB etc) to open lanes for Welker and the TE du jour, that’s about all he’s good for right now.

  53. elmaxoh says: Nov 9, 2011 12:13 PM

    Ochocinco has one of the best ( or the best ? ) QB in the league et he can’t do nothing .. how can he do something with another QB ?

  54. thewizardsrevenge says: Nov 9, 2011 12:35 PM

    I would rather see Edelman have the reps.

  55. bozosforall says: Nov 9, 2011 2:53 PM

    Unfortunately, for Ocho, he was on his knees in front of Tom when Tom said that.

  56. blowtorch1964 says: Nov 9, 2011 3:53 PM

    Ochocinco will break out sooner or later, besides which, he is the only down field threat they have.

    Brady’s timing and chemistry with #85 has not gelled yet, it’s coming. I just hope it doesn’t happen this week because…

    I will be rooting for the JETS!

  57. jcioffi1485 says: Nov 9, 2011 5:39 PM

    I think the pats are keeping Chad to humiliate him. This is like being pounded by vintage Mike Tyson for 15 rounds.

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