Chad Ochocinco admitted he never grasped Patriots playbook

AP

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.

27 responses to “Chad Ochocinco admitted he never grasped Patriots playbook

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

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

  5. 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. 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.

  7. 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?

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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..

  11. 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!!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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…

  16. 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.

  17. 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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