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Chad Ochocinco admitted he never grasped Patriots playbook

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When Chad Ochocinco was released by the Patriots, there were two assumptions made, neither flattering.

One was that he couldn’t run anymore, since there was no evidence of his previous big-play ability. Two was that he never learned the Patriots playbook sufficiently to perform.

While his new Dolphins teammates have been impressed with his physical condition, team officials apparently were wondering about the mental.

A Dolphins source told Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe that Ochocinco admitted as much when he met with the team.

“The guy did all but admit that it was a struggle for him mentally, the playbook, all that stuff,’’ the source told Bedard. “He didn’t deny that it was a problem for him, learning it up there.’’

Now, he’s joined a team that had already installed most of its offense by the time he showed up. What could possibly go wrong?

Still, signing Ocho is a low-risk move for the Dolphins. For the one-year deal to be worth the reported $2 million, he’d have to perform at a high level. They don’t really have many good receivers, and if he can play, he helps the team. His circus act will also be good for business when Hard Knocks rolls into town, at least drawing attention away from others who might not know as well as he does how to handle it.

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27 Responses to “Chad Ochocinco admitted he never grasped Patriots playbook”
  1. dontrunfromme says: Jun 24, 2012 8:52 AM

    I feel kind of bad for the phish. Oucho is good for hard Knocks but can’t remember a play book. All show and no go.

  2. EJ says: Jun 24, 2012 9:02 AM

    His circus act will also be good for business when Hard Knocks rolls into town, at least drawing attention away from others who might not know as well as he does how to handle it.

    I think the circus has left town for good. Chad OchoCinco has realized that if he wants a few more years in the league, he better grow up. I think he has.

  3. buzmeg says: Jun 24, 2012 9:03 AM

    So I guess it is easier to do the Paso Doble than to run a quick slant. This guy is a mental midget.

  4. bangitfootball says: Jun 24, 2012 9:12 AM

    Brady: 72 power right x fly scat blue tiger paw on 4. Ocho you run 10 yards and turn around.

  5. jrcoop says: Jun 24, 2012 9:13 AM

    At least they didn’t give up draft picks and $5.5 mill. (i.e. N.E.).

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if he thrashed N.E.’s formidable secondary this year.

  6. i, flounder says: Jun 24, 2012 9:20 AM

    but i thought bellichick was a genius who could tailor any situation to any player.

  7. 1historian says: Jun 24, 2012 9:30 AM

    j.r.coop – yes it would be ironic.

    If it happened

  8. TheWizard says: Jun 24, 2012 9:32 AM

    Wouldn’t it be ironic if he thrashed N.E.’s formidable secondary this year.

    Maybe we should see if the guy can get on the field first.

  9. mostepicgnar says: Jun 24, 2012 10:01 AM

    He should change his name again to “No Comprendo”.

  10. lennydpocketqb says: Jun 24, 2012 10:04 AM

    Can Chad read?

  11. nflfollower says: Jun 24, 2012 10:11 AM

    I don’t think this is the same chad Johnson we saw in cincinatti… In terms of his attitude or physical abilities. And didn’t I hear somewhere he was changing his name back to Johnson? What happened with that?

  12. deepthreat says: Jun 24, 2012 10:15 AM

    Chad is doing more for Carson Palmer’s legacy than Carson Palmer is…

  13. lorddarkhelmet says: Jun 24, 2012 10:19 AM

    Didn’t Cincy run a version of the WCO when he was there? If so, he may not be all that far behind.

  14. mjkelly77 says: Jun 24, 2012 10:24 AM

    Uhhhh … how about he’s both stupid and has lost any big-play ability he may have had.

  15. therillest says: Jun 24, 2012 10:25 AM

    I bet Chad remembered just enough of that NE playbook to give his new teams defensive coordinator a little sumthin sumthin Hahaha!

  16. CKL says: Jun 24, 2012 10:49 AM

    I think Chad can help a team and I’m a Pats fan. It’s tough for the Pats to find WRs who work in their system. Just because he didn’t doesn’t mean he can’t help another team.

  17. seahulk9 says: Jun 24, 2012 10:56 AM

    i liked chad johnson better

  18. seahulk9 says: Jun 24, 2012 11:01 AM

    alright chad…….you just sprint 20 steps and then cut in when you get to the 30 thats painted on the ground ..on 2 on 2 hut hut..

  19. squared80 says: Jun 24, 2012 11:22 AM

    Ochocinco isn’t a cerebral wide receiver? No way!!! Come on, people. Nothing surprising here.

  20. skleech22 says: Jun 24, 2012 12:28 PM

    CKL says:
    Jun 24, 2012 10:49 AM
    I think Chad can help a team and I’m a Pats fan. It’s tough for the Pats to find WRs who work in their system. Just because he didn’t doesn’t mean he can’t help another team.

    Wow, A Patriot fan that isn’t arrogant and obnoxious!!! Now that’s refreshing!!!! Way to go CKL!!

  21. vikingsfanintexas says: Jun 24, 2012 12:33 PM

    Come on folks let’s not outselves be simple minded… if Chad of 5 years ago had been in NE he would have been plenty smart enough.

    It’s his talent that’s gone down-hill not his brain…

    Need proof you say… well, he changed his name to ocho-cinco and forgot to use a hyphen. So don’t tell me he’s not just as smart as he was when he was a pro-bowl receiver. Clearly he is.

  22. nflfan1 says: Jun 24, 2012 12:35 PM

    Well the good news for Patriot Fans is they don’t have to worry about him divulging any of their team secrets to the Dolphins. He can’t remember anything to tell.

  23. patsfiend says: Jun 24, 2012 12:37 PM

    I can’t believe the way this guy manages to stay in the news. He may not be able to comprehend the Pats playbook, but he’s a marketing savant.

  24. chazzmon says: Jun 24, 2012 2:03 PM

    Sadly he’s the best WR the Phish have.

  25. NakedCowboy! says: Jun 25, 2012 1:28 AM

    thats one way to rationalize it… for a WR, its better to be stupid than slow…
    ochco is a vet in the league… pats have had so many WRs come in over the years and become productive instantly… heck even gronk (not the brightest bulb) picked up the play book same year…
    and forget about playbook… chad couldn’t even learn 10 plays? or ANY play that pats could run for him?

    the truth is much more simple… he is done…

  26. patriotera says: Jun 25, 2012 9:26 AM

    He’s being up front about it and so far he’s not making any “I circled the date on my calender” type remarks about the Pats. That says something. If he put in the effot at at N.E., which it seemed he did, it must have been a tough thing to deal with not being able to cut it.

  27. rc33 says: Jun 25, 2012 10:53 AM

    He’s being up front about it and so far he’s not making any “I circled the date on my calender” type remarks about the Pats.
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    Nah, that’s not the kinda guy Ocho is, IMO. I don’t think he hates the Patriots or believes he was screwed over there. He was just surprisingly unproductive his one year but to his credit was a good guy in the community and never let his ego get in the way. Problem coming into this season was that Ocho was their #4 or 5 WR but had no Special Teams or kick return versatility. He would’ve been a long shot to make the Patriots roster.

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