The way things are unfolding, it seems as if former Patriots of the world are uniting against the evil, destructive force that is Chad Ochocinco.
Tedy Bruschi started the movement with his radio rant about his dislike — to put it mildly — for Ochocinco’s affinity for social media. Then Rodney Harrison chimed in on “NFL Total Access,” explaining why he has Bruschi’s back on the matter.
“I text Tedy, and he text me back and asked me a question,” Harrison said. “He said, ‘Were you ever in awe of Tom Brady and what we accomplished here?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘Because I was too busy working, watching film, doing the things that I was supposed to do. I think the biggest thing here that people may not understand is, the Patriots, they don’t like a lot of distractions. …
“Tedy believes that, if you’re out tweeting with all this social media, these are things that take away from what your focus should be — and that’s in your playbook, that’s watching film, that’s in the weight room trying to become a better player.”
This firestorm was bound to happen, considering Ochocinco’s mercurial nature is far from the straight-laced, business approach in New England. But NFL Network’s Heath Evans, himself a former Patriot, came to Ochocinco’s defense on Wednesday, saying we should trust Bill Belichick’s plan for the receiver.
The interesting part of this whole controversy is that the nature of Ochocinco’s tweet that set off Bruschi might not be worth it. After a one-catch, 14-yard performance in Monday night’s blowout win at Miami, Ochocinco didn’t take to Twitter for the typical receiver tirade about not being involved in the offense. Now that would have been a distraction.
Has Bruschi created a bigger, unnecessary one with his criticism? It’s something to ponder.