“Just waking up after a late arrival, I’ve never seen a machine operate like that n person, to see video game numbers put up n person was WOW.”
ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi, appearing on sports radio WEEI, said Ochocinco better “drop the awe factor” and “stop tweeting and get in your playbook.”
“You’re not someone who’s on another team or watching TV,” Bruschi said. “You’re not an analyst. You’re a part of it. They want you to be a part of it. So get with the program because obviously you’re not getting it and you’re tweeting because you’re saying, ‘It’s amazing to see’? It’s amazing to see because you don’t understand it. You still don’t understand it and it’s amazing to you because you can’t get it.
“Wake up! If you’re just waking up now — I don’t know when this was, six minutes ago? — get out your bed and get to the stadium and watch some film if you still think it’s amazing. If you’re in it and you know what you’re doing and you execute out there, you don’t think it’s amazing. You know why? Because it’s what you’re supposed to do.”
At practice on Wednesday, Brady said he has no problem with Ochocinco.
“Everyone has an opinion on everything, and none of it really means anything,” he said. “The only thing that means anything are the guys in this locker room and what we do every day in practice.”
During his weekly appearance on WEEI earlier Wednesday, Brady was asked about Ochocinco’s tweet.
“Chad, from the day that he got here, he’s worked really hard to be a part of this offense and be involved,” Brady told the “Dennis & Callahan” program.
“I don’t know when he said that [about being in awe] or what he said, but I know that we’re counting on him to be a huge contributor. And he expects that, too. He expects to be out there making plays. When I’m in the huddle with him, he’s very excited about being out there, making catches, doing the right thing and being in the right spot.”
Before practice on Wednesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about Ochocinco’s role heading into Sunday’s game against the Chargers.
“I think all the players that participate in the game will have an important role, absolutely. It’s not really my job to pad up individual statistics for any player on the team — I’m not really interested in that,” he said. “The only statistic I care about is the final score, and that’s what our goal is. I know everyone else wants to talk about and write about individual stats, what each individual’s production is, but really I’m concerned about the team success. That’s the way it’ll always be.”
“You got to understand. Bruschi is an old school Patriot guy,” Rodney said. “I mean the guy went to three or four, four Super Bowls, won 3 there. And he’s an old school Patriot guy, I mean he’s a die hard guy. No one outprepares Tedy Bruschi, no one outworks Tedy Bruschi. When I was there I was never in awe, of anything. Because you expect greatness, when you prepare, when you work hard, and when you do the things you’re supposed to do. You expect to have success.
“When we stopped
in the playoffs, and we’d intercept him, we weren’t in awe of
. We knew we could go out there and stop him, because that’s what we prepared for. So you look at a guy like Chad Ochoinco, you know that becomes a distraction when you’re tweeting and you’re bringing the fans into the mix. And [Bill] Belichick would always tell us, there’s always something else you can do improve this team, to improve your play. Study more, work harder. Be an asset, don’t be a liability.
“And when you look at Chad Ochocinco’s stats, one catch for 14 yards, that’s unacceptable. And when they were doing all these productive plays, you were on the bench. Tedy’s just like me, and Willie McGinest and all these other guys. Don’t be in awe of the situation, be part of that situation. Make it better. So I think Tedy Bruschi sent a message out to that entire New England Patriot team. This is a different team, they’re a younger team. So Chad Ochocinco, get with the program. He told him exactly right. And it wouldn’t surprise me if Belichick even pulled him to the side.
“You can’t be in awe of Tom Brady and these guys. You’ve seen this happen in a short training camp. You know, you’ve played against Brady. You played against a lot of these championship teams. Why are you in awe? It just becomes a distraction. Like Tedy said, ‘Hey man, be part of the program.’”