By now, you’ve all heard about Chad Ochocinco‘s seemingly innocuous tweet that drew the ire of ESPN analyst and former Patriot Tedy Bruschi, as well as Rodney Harrison’s subsequent take that social media gets in the way of being a good football player.
Now that we’re all up to speed, two current veteran players — Justin Tuck of the Giants and Jeff Saturday of the Colts — joined the discussion Thursday on “NFL Total Access.”
“It’s hard to say he was out of line,” Tuck said of Bruschi. “I don’t necessarily agree with him; I think Chad was just trying to say that being a part of it now, he can see why they’ve been so successful. I tend to agree a little bit with what Tedy is saying as far as, yes, be a part of (the offense), but also I see where Chad is coming from. Because I know as a player, when I first got here, I was a fan of a great football player in Michael Strahan. I would sit back and watch him, and I found myself saying, ‘Wow, this guy is awesome; he can’t be blocked at times.’
“So I don’t think Chad went out there saying that he wasn’t going to work, that he hasn’t been working to be a part of that team; it didn’t happen for him that night, but I just felt as though Tedy went just a little too far.”
Saturday believes Bruschi “took it a little personal” that Ochocinco is being so public with his unsolicited opinions, but he said the Patriots knew exactly what they were getting into by acquiring the outspoken receiver. One also has to credit Saturday for conjuring up a solid conspiracy theory.
“This might be a Belichick push out. He may have called Tedy himself and said, ‘Get this guy right. I need Ochocinco to show up and playing good, and let’s light a little fire under him,’ ” Saturday jokingly said. “Like you said, I agree. I think Ochocinco is a good player, he can get it done. I think for the Patriots, they want him to be a bigger part of that offense, so they’re just trying to stir it a little bit and get him going.”
Is Saturday that far off? Maybe, maybe not. Let’s not forget, had Bruschi not responded to Ochocinco’s tweet in the first place, there would be no firestorm of which to speak. The added attention has left Ochocinco rather quiet, which might just be what the Patriots want.
– Frank Tadych