Speaking on WEEI’s Big Show Bruschi said :“Drop the awe factor, OK, Ocho? Chad, drop the awe factor,” Bruschi said. “You’re not a fan, all right. You’re not someone who’s on another team or watching TV. 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.
“Stop tweeting and get in your playbook,” Bruschi added. “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.”
Harrison shared the same feelings as Bruschi. On ESPN Radio in Chicago Harrison said: “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.'”
Now I ask the question, was what Ochocinco said really that bad? Did it really deserve these two analysts and former Patriot greats to go off ? I really don’t think what Ochocinco said was that big of a deal. It was his way of saying Brady had a great game.
To me I think this goes beyond what Ochocinco tweeted. I believe he is struggling with grasping the playbook and the offense. These two guys were beloved among the Patriots organization. They have connections in the Patriots locker room. Maybe a player or two has leaked some information to the former players about Ochocinco and his adjustment to the Patriots system. Maybe he is struggling, maybe he isn’t putting the work in, maybe he is starting to get on the nerves of his teammates?
The reactions by both Bruschi and Harrison lead me to believe that the problem resides from more than a tweet that Ochocinco made on Tuesday. Could the Patriots have another Joey Galloway on their hands? One can only hope not because the team sure needs the depth at wide receiver.