PFT’s Gregg Rosenthall:
Ochocinco leans on T.O. and Randy Moss for support
These are strange times for Chad Ochocinco. He’s reached the Super Bowl for the first time, but he’s not even sure he’ll be active for the game.
He’s experiencing his greatest team success at a time when he’s struggling individually. And that’s putting it nicely.
“No, there’s no bittersweetness,” Ochocinco told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald Friday. “There’s a competitive side to me that is angry, the competitive nature in me that it didn’t go the way it normally has. I routinely produce a certain way every year.
“So when that routine goes astray like it did this year, it feels funny. It’s something I had to get used to. But I took it in stride. I did everything I was asked on and off the field.”
Ochocinco has only spoken to the New England media a handful of times all season. He’s spoken a lot more to Terrell Owens and Randy Moss throughout the year.
“For me, those guys were my outlets. Not Twitter,” Ochocinco said. “To have those two guys in my corner, I talk to them all the time. (Moss) keeps me sane for 16 weeks, every week. Every week we talked. T.O., too. We’re close-knit, us so-called diva receivers. . . . I love those two, man. I didn’t want to burden anyone else in here with that bull. They don’t want to hear that.”
He also compared playing in a new offense to marriage.
“It’s like being married. If I’m married to Halle Berry for 10 years, and her and I break up, and I marry Scarlett Johansson, there are going to be some things I have to adjust to based off what I’m used to. That’s just the way life is in general.”
The Patriots will likely ask for a divorce after this year. Still, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Ochocinco active for the Super Bowl. He confirmed that he was inactive for the AFC title game because he was late getting back for a team meeting after going to his father’s funeral. He accepts the way Bill Belichick does things.
“Do you remember ‘Full Metal Jacket?’ Remember at the beginning of the movie? That’s Bill. Everything has to be perfect, precise, detailed . . . and I love it,” Ochocinco said laughing. “That’s why we are where we are.”
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I was going through some comments on Pro Football Talk (PFT), about Ochocinco leaning on Randy Moss and Terrell Owens for support.
Sometimes when you scroll through the comments, the first few will either be foolish or they jump out at you. Those are the comments with a lot of likes and feedback. Today, the conversation was elaborate and legitimate. I liked what die-hard fans had to say and here are some of the more interesting posts.
This comment was is from jakek2:
As a Giants’ fan, I hope Ochocinco is deactivated. Knowing that we are going to game plan heavily to slow down Gronkowski, Hernandez and Welker, I can see BB devising some nice plays to get Ocho involved. He’d probably be matched up on someone like rookie Amukamara and that is not something I really want to see.
This comment was is from tb12eatitbitches:
Chad is a good guy, I feel bad it didn’t work out. Thus far. You really think the other two mentioned would have been the same? Child please.
This comment was is from 2mannings1cup:
“This entire saga appears to be setting up some sort of inspiring and unthinkable Super Bowl performance.
I keep thinking “this will be the week Ocho shows up”, but it just won’t happen.
At least after this week, that anticipation will be completely gone.”
This comment was is from mempusa:
“Ocho should be taking advice from Jerry Rice or Troy Brown, not those two whackjobs! Why would you follow players formally referred to as “cancer”? Red flag, no?
It’s all mental. He seems overwhelmed.
I wouldn’t be shocked if he has a huge game to build his trade value to make room for Brandon Lloyd. Thanks Josh McDaniels!”
This comment was is from vtopa:
I was all set to make a nasty comment about Ocho, but I just can’t do it. The dude is funny (gotta love the Halle Berry ScarJo comment)…and it sounds like he is genuinely upset with himself. I also respect what he said about not going to twitter to vent.
The irony of his career is that he may end up with a Superbowl ring by playing and being unselfish rather than the center of the universe. A humbling but ultimately satisfying outcome for him. Will make him a better person.
I would say though, that consoling oneself in the arms of TO and Moss isn’t going to give one a productive outlook. He’d be better off confiding in Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, or Isaac Bruce.
Greatest Show on Turf?
The Brandon Lloyd to the Patriots prediction is a good one, as he will enter free agency and Josh McDaniels is the new offensive coordinator. Everyone would imagine Welker signing an extension New England. They have Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez who are only in their 2nd seasons, acquiring Brandon Lloyd and keeping Chad Ochocinco would be the new “Greatest Show on Turf.”
Back to Chad
I hope Chad Ochocinco gets back-to-back season with the Patriots. Winning a Superbowl with little impact is humbling. He has been a Pro Bowl receiver throughout his career, and could be a favorite for “comeback player of the year.” I think Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are the right fit for him, and he has been a good sport this season.