Turns out we weren’t the only ones perplexed by the heat Chad Ochocinco took from Tedy Bruschi and other ex-Patriots last week.
Tom Brady didn’t get it, either.
“I will say this about all those guys … and I love Tedy,” Brady said Monday during his regular radio spot on WEEI-AM. “He’s one of my great friends, and all those guys I played for us. But honestly, 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,” said Brady, who threw for 423 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s home victory over the Chargers. “But everybody can think what they want.”
Brady is the greatest of all Patriots, which gives him Belichickian authority to quash the controversy that Bruschi created. Ochocinco tweeted that he’d “never seen a machine operate like that in person” after Brady’s 517-yard, four-TD, season-opening performance against the Dolphins. Bruschi reasoned the tweet was proof that Ochocinco wasn’t working hard enough to be part of the Patriots’ scheme. Former Pats safety Rodney Harrison made similar comments later in the week.
Brady, for his part, has been complimentary of the work that Ochocinco has done. The veteran receiver is off to a slow start with just three catches for 59 yards, numbers that are particularly eyebrow-raising when you consider Brady already has thrown for nearly 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns.
Despite that, Ochocinco still has allies in Brady and his coach.
“All 53 guys, if coach (Bill Belichick) didn’t feel comfortable with them out there, they wouldn’t be here,” Brady said. “He’s going to do what’s in the best interests of his team.”
— Dan Hanzus