Ochocinco’s first lesson in ‘The Patriot Way’

It’s been quite a week for Chad Ochocinco. Perhaps it will serve as a reminder never to compliment a teammate via social media again. We’re not betting on that, though.

Ochocinco went quiet in the aftermath, at least until letting us know he has much love for Tedy Bruschi and that he’s done talking to the media until he’s memorized New England’s playbook.

Consider this Ochocinco’s first lesson in The Patriot Way.

Loosely defined, it’s the way things are done — a code — that’s followed in the locker room deep inside the bowels of Gillette Stadium. Let former Patriot and current NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest explain.

“This is something you have to understand, for all the guys who created and gave birth to The Patriot Way — and Bruschi is one of those guys — that everything you do to study, to prepare, to get ready, it doesn’t include social media or dealing with the media or anything like that,” McGinest said on “NFL Total Access” Friday. “Bruschi is trying to send a message to understand he only knows one way; he’s been conditioned and trained to think and prepare for football games one way.

“What Chad is doing doesn’t really coincide with what we did when we were Patriots. Now, he has to understand that. He’s a pro, he’s been in the league for 10-plus years, he’s been to multiple Pro Bowls. But the system he came from isn’t the same as Tedy is used to. The first thing we used to do when we would see a rookie or new guy come in and do things like this that wasn’t what we had done in the past, we would get that guy. It would never get to the coaches. The locker room would manage what goes on in the locker room. This is Tedy just being Tedy.”

Like Randy Moss, Corey Dillon and others before him, the Patriots knew exactly what they were getting in Ochocinco. But it should leave us all wondering when we’ll next see Ochocinco just being Ochocinco.

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