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Where In The World is Ocho Cinco?
Chad Ochocinco has become an example of how structured the New England Patriot system is. I've been a leader of stating that Tom Brady is a system quarterback and wouldn't be as successful elsewhere. They have a system that doesn't allow a "free spirited" player like Chad to come in and contribute.
Ochocinco was great in Cincinnati, because he was given the opportunity to make up routes and do his own thing. He could also verbally bully the coaches, quarterback, and franchise to get what he wanted. He hasn't attempted that in New England, because Belichick would have him packing his bags that same day. Chad has 9 catches and 136 yards and 1 TD through six games. He's virtually a ghost on the field and on a team full of talented receivers and tight ends. A big part of why Chad is not successful this year is because he's not a player that's comfortable going over the middle of the field. We all know New England's offense is primarily designed around quick slants over the middle and getting the ball out of Tom Brady's hands quickly. Chad has never been that type of receiver, and he doesn't seem capable of creating separation on the deep routes this year.
So what does this mean for Chad and the Patriots if this continues through the second half of the season? I don't expect him to be a Patriot in 2012. I'm sure he'll end up in Oakland or somewhere he can get back to his old twittering self, and hopefully he can contribute somewhere next season.
Will Ochocinco Play for the Patriots Next Season?
What Pain's Me Around The League
I'm a Cleveland Browns fan but Peyton Hillis really is a big disappointment this season. He's expected to miss his third game of the season already with hamstring issues and throat issues. But that's not what bothers me the most, because this was expected from being on the cover of Madden. What upsets me is the controversy he's caused about contract talks when he's missed half the season played already, and how he could have played but his agent advised against it. Or you kidding me? Here's my advice to Hillis; quit crying, don't talk to the media about contract issues or any conversations that you have with your agent, and get your mind right so you can get over these "injuries" and get back on the field. Hardesty is playing pretty well, so you may not get that contract that you want if you continue to wear a sweatshirt on Sundays.
There are a number of teams out there that need wide receiver help and no one has called T.O yet. What's wrong with this picture? This tells me that teams would rather suffer with no name receivers that have produced nothing than pursue one of the greatest receivers in NFL history who is obviously still in shape and can be in game shape within a couple of weeks of bringing him in. It makes no sense to me. I'm talking about teams like the Rams, Raiders, Browns, Dolphins, just to name a few. Pick up the phone and call the man.
Lastly, Yeremiah Bell calling out Reggie Bush publicly is unacceptable. Bush said the team "stinks", which included himself. Bell was offended by this comment and said "no, he stinks". Really Bell? I think Reggie hit the nail right on the head. I mean, how else would you label your teams play through the first half of the season? You haven't won a game! Playing on a secondary that your defensive backs called "better than the Jets" sure has given up a lot of yards and TD's, including over 500 yards in week one against Tom Brady. I'm just going to clear this up for the sake of argument for Bell; you guys do stink! The entire franchise is in turmoil, and has been from the start after the whole Kyle Orton drama during camp. You're on a winless team, just keep your mouth shut and play football, and get ready to play for a new coach...probably next week.