Despite having a total of three receptions for 59 yards over the first two weeks of the NFL season for New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, he still has the backing of his quarterback.
During an interview on The Dennis & Callahan Morning Show on WEEI, Tom Brady defended Ochocinco against some of his ex-teammates who criticized the star receiver after New England’s record-breaking performance against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1.
Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi blasted Ochocinco last Tuesday after he tweeted about how amazed he was watching his new team dominate Miami. Bruschi claimed that Ochocinco’s lack of impact in that dominant offensive performance indicated that he obviously doesn’t understand the Patriots system.
Bruschi angrily insisted that Ochocinco stop tweeting and start studying. Rodney Harrison, another ex-Patriot, chimed in the next day and let anyone who cared know that he agreed with Bruschi.
Brady defended his new teammate and said “none of those guys have any clue what they’re talking about. They’re outside the locker room. They don’t know what we’re trying to accomplish, with all due respect to Tedy. But everybody can think what they want.”
Throughout New England Patriots Tom Brady’s magnificent performance on Monday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins new wide receiver Chad Ochocinco seemed to get lost in the shuffle. The former go-to guy of the Cincinnati Bengals on had just one reception for 14 yards and was targeted only twice after that. Nonetheless, Ochocinco remained steadfastly positive after game, even tweeting on Tuesday about how amazed he was watching his new team perform like that.
That tweet however didn’t sit well with former Patriots linebacker and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi, who lashed out at Ochocinco for seemingly not understanding New England’s system in an interview on WEEI Radio.
“Drop the awe factor, OK, Ocho, Chad, drop the awe factor. 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,” Bruschi said, via CSNNE.com. “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 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.”
And he took one final shot at Ochocinco:
“You are still in awe to be a member of the New England Patriots offense. Join the system, buddy. “
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison calls NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a “crook” and a “devil,” among other insults, in the August issue of Men’s Journal. The 2008 AP Defensive Player of the Year hasn’t been shy about ripping the league after he was docked $100,000 for illegal hits last season.
“If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it,” Harrison told the magazine. “I hate him and will never respect him.”
His other descriptions of the commissioner include an anti-gay slur, “stupid,” “puppet” and “dictator.”
If the Steelers had defeated the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl, Harrison said, he would have whispered in Goodell’s ear during the trophy ceremony: “Why don’t you quit and do something else, like start your own league in flag football?”
Harrison also criticizes other NFL execs, New England Patriots turned commentators Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi “clowns”, Houston Texans Brian Cushing as “juiced out of his mind” and even teammates Rashard Mendenhall and Ben Roethlisberger for their performances in the Super Bowl loss. Harrison questions whether a black player is punished more for a hard hit on a white player than the opposite.
Former NFL linebacker Tedy Bruschi had his New England Patriots jersey stolen from his high school Roseville High School in Roseville, California
Police are investigating a break-in that happened at the school in which someone smashed a window in the weight room and swiped only the jersey. Bruschi attended Roseville High and earned letters in football, wrestling and track before heading off to the University of Arizona.
“Mr. Bruschi is one of our most respected, honored alumni,” the vice principle said.
He played for the Patiots for 13 years, earning three Superbowl rings.
Anyone with any information about this burglary is asked to call T.I. at Crime Stoppers at 916-783-STOP (783-7867). Callers may be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.