Sean Weatherspoon could be harmed by the Ochocinco effect

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is projected by many to be a first-round pick.  The Saints, who are perched at the bottom of the round, are believed to be very interested in the guy who can play both on the inside and on the outside.

As Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald points out, there also are concerns.  Nolan Nawrocki of Pro Football Weekly (the successor to the late Joel Buchsbaum, whose excellent posthumous profile is making the rounds on Twitter today) tells Rapoport that some teams fear that Weatherspoon’s personality could be a problem.

“[H]e never shuts his mouth,” Nawrocki says.  “It’s s big concern to a lot of teams that have stepped in and even removed him from their draft boards.  That’s how strongly they feel he could negatively impact the locker room. . . .

“The big concern is just how he’s a little bit like [Chad] Ochocinco in Cincinnati,” Nawrocki told Rapoport.  “It’s going to become a big distraction, and it’s going to get in the way, it’s going to be difficult to coach.  He’s never played a snap in the NFL and hasn’t done a thing in the National Football League, and he’s already worrying about the things that really shouldn’t matter for a guy at that stage in his career.  He’s worrying about his image and his post-career aspirations.  That’s a concern.  You see guys late in their career like Jason Taylor getting involved in Dancing With The Stars, and there were coaches that didn’t like that.  For some of the same reasons, I think it’s an issue with Sean.  He’s worrying about things he shouldn’t be worrying about.  He’s trying to be something that he may not be.  From that respect, there are concerns.”

Of course, Weatherspoon may quit talking once he’s humbled by a group of veteran players.  Then again, if he has any success and when becomes a veteran player, the talking could re-emerge.  But if he’s a good player, teams will find a way to tolerate that — just as they have with the likes of Ochocinco, Joey Porter, and any other player who loves him some him.

32 responses to “Sean Weatherspoon could be harmed by the Ochocinco effect

  1. who cares about if he talks; if he stays out of trouble, like chad, and doesn’t do anything stupid, like porter, then the kid can talk as much as he wants. GO Bengals!

  2. Pretty sure being compared to one of the best players at his position is a terrible thing.
    There is a huge difference between the attitudes of Chad and that of a T.O. or Joey Porter. You said the Ochocinco effect though, which means he is a fun loving individual who puts more work into his game than most people in the league and plays very well all while enjoying his life and not ONCE getting into any real trouble. What’s so bad about securing his future after football?

  3. I don’t recall the Ocho running his mouth until he got a few years under his belt put up some numbers beginning in 2002 and 2003.
    First I don’t like the comparison since this Witherspoon joker hasn’t played a down in the NFL.
    If he is running his mouth NOW…certainly “Buyer Beware” should be the moniker for him

  4. # ZwangZ says: April 18, 2010 2:09 PM
    You never shut your mouth, Florio.
    Quite possibly the funniest sentence ever written.

  5. He never shuts up? So that means ESPN and NFL Network will have constant coverage of him?

  6. Let him talk on the field. Put a muzzle on everywhere else.
    This guy wont get into trouble off the field. He wont touchdown dance. He wont get fines for stupid uniform stuff…
    He’ll be fine.

  7. I’m a Mizzou alum and this kid might like to talk, but it’s never been anything close to negative. He never says anything that’s out of line and is always very humble and congenial to everyone when he’s out at the bars. Florio you are an idiot.

  8. You’re too cynical. Weatherspoon is loud and outgoing (period). The guy loves football and loves to talk. He has always been this way at Mizzou. Wait and see, he’s a good player with a ton of energy.

  9. Good let him drop to the eagles at 37 and see them twitter all the way to the superbowl

  10. blah blah blah blah
    Chad never gets into any kind of trouble don’t see what the big deal is…

  11. that was really a backhanded way to insult Chad. Sean is his own man and his issue running his mouth is his own problem. Not every chatty kathy in the NFL is exactly like Chad and you need to stop insulting the man for no reason. Just call out Sean for being an idiot without bringing in the lord of the dance, its not that hard.

  12. This totally smells like someone trying to knock “Spoon” down the board a bit so they can draft him. I’m an avid Mizzou fan, and that kid was nothing but class on and off the field. Great student, team captain, very articulate and never got in any trouble off the field. He does ‘woof’ a bit when he’s on the field, but he totally backs it up, and then some . . .

  13. Nolan Nawrocki is considered by a lot of people to be an idiot. So, why should anyone listen to that blow-hard? They shouldn’t.
    Witherspoon is an extremely gifted player. With passing continuing to dominate the NFL and running backs and tight ends continuing to need people to cover them, a middle linebacker with that kind of speed is a premium. Look for the New York Giants to take him in the 1st. If you have to wonder why, then you don’t know enough about professional football and should to read Nolan.

  14. I’ve been a Bengal fan for over 20yrs,and I wished they would trade Chad,I myself has had enough of him, and his play has went downhill to the point where hes only getting one or two catches a game,and hes scared to death to go over the middle,in his mind he thinks hes still a elite WR but hes no more than a #2 at best,with this year and next all thats left on his contract,I think we should see if he still has value,look what Brandon Marshall got in trade value,can you possibly tell me what Chads worth would be,the only way he be worth a trade is that he has 2yrs left for a team,his mouth is the worse,I sure hope kids dont follow that path to the NFL.

  15. PrimalBengal: congrats you win the dumbest post of the day. Chad afraid to go over the middle? Are you freaking kidding me? Did you not watch the Ravens game this year? He was the only reason we won that game. Had Chad not gone over the middle and taking a beating by Ray Lewis, we wouldn’t have won that game. Chad just made the Pro Bowl, again, and you make some dumbass comment like that? Some Bengals fan you are. You’re probably the same bengal “fan” that goes against them whenever they lose a game or have a down year.

  16. Good comment Thomas Paquette; primalbengal is an idiot. Chad goes over the middle whenever the play says to; his strength is stretching the field. He took that shot from Ray like a champion and bounced up still talking. He isn’t what he used to be, but he is still an elite WR. Primalbengals you sir are a large douche

  17. @PrimalBengal
    You’re an idiot. Chad still had a good season despite the fact that:
    1. they ran the ball so much
    2. The offense was predictable as hell
    3. There isn’t a single other receiving threat on the team. All of them sucked last year except for Chad.
    4. Carson Palmer had a horrible year. The guy couldn’t throw an accurate pass to save his life last season.

  18. difficult to believe this will affect his position considering that guys who are not considered leaders, have had DUIs or drug issues, character concerns manage to make it in the NFL
    seriously, would you prefer a trash talker or a drunkard who is a danger to everybody on the road ?

  19. Again I am witnessing ignorance at its best…I cant beleive people are under the impression that chad ochocinco has ever been in any troble off the field HE HAS NOT !
    It appears some people on here know so little about this guy they group him together with scum like joey porter…Please Child !

  20. Umm, can anyone provide some examples and/or proof that Weatherspoon is ‘already worrying about the things that really shouldn’t matter for a guy at that stage in his career’ or that he’s ‘worrying about his image and his post-career aspirations’. I think Weatherspoon is owed an apology here

  21. Garbage article, This guy is a go getter. He came in as unheralded 2 star recruit out of Texas, made himself into something and lettered all 4 years. He is a stud LB and his play reflects that. Sure, he is a yapper, but nothing like the crap that the Florida, Tennessee, LSU, and my God…Oklahoma programs & players talk like. This story is designed to get him to drop down the board. Its aggressive counter intelligence or misinformation if you will. If he did fall out of the 1st round, his old DC @ Mizzou (Matt Eberflus) is the linebacker coach for the Cleveland Browns, and THEY WILL DRAFT HIM with the 6th pick in the 2nd Round (#38 overall). Remember the stories about the USC Linebackers last year? Clay Mathews lasted until the 26th pick, after some bogus story and the Broncos took Robert Ayers (15th) who had a disappointing rookie campaign & Mathews made the NFL All-Rookie team. I see something similar here. Weatherspoon is stud LB & team leader 1st & happens to be a big talker as well. If McCain from Alabama is off the board, and a team needs a LB, Weatherspoon will bit the bill to a “T”, & I think that some team that wants him in the middle to late 1st round is floating this story in an attempt to make sure he is there when they draft. Like will Rodgers once said, “It aint bragging, if you can do it”

  22. I read a report that the Giants were put off by Weatherspoon’s loquaciousness, but other teams will love him for it.
    There’s no way Weatherspoon falls into Round 2. If he does, Sean won’t be on the board very long.

  23. Thanks for including the link to the Joel Buchsbaum article. He was the best at what he did and few, if any, of the current “draft experts” are nearly as good now.

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