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Ocho-slow-o

Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:04 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 6:33 pm
 

If you watched the New England Patriots lose to the New York Jets last year in the playoffs, you saw an offense that couldn't get receiver open. The Jets played man coverage, and the Patriots looked lost. 

The absence of speed on that offense was quite obvious.

So what do the Patriots do to try and remedy it: They go out and get a receiver in Chad Ochocinco, whose mouth runs much better than his legs.

At his best, Ochocinco, who comes over in a trade, was a crafty, tough route runner who knew all the tricks to get open.  He was never a burner, but last year he averaged just 12.4 yards-per-catch on his 67 catches.

Scouts who watched him play insisted that he had slowed down to the point where he was a possession receiver.

Ochocinco has a career per-catch average of 14.4 yards, but if he comes close to that with the Patriots I will be shocked.

Tom Brady will love his work ethic and his desire to be great. But it's hard to make up for a loss of speed, especially when you were never fast.

At 33, Ochocinco keeps his body in tip-top shape. That helps, but even that can't overcome the aging process.

New England needed speed. Not another possession receiver.

My thoughts on this trade: Child, please. 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:24 pm
 

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Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:49 pm
 

Ocho-slow-o

Soundless like wishful thinking to me. The Pats will dominate again, and this time continue into the playoffs. They were successful before Moss without his kind of speed. Ochocinco will be a great asset. He still has to be covered.



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:34 am
 

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OMG....Reality is reality,yes age does play a factor in speed but I think 85 still has it in him. He's a crafty veteran reciever with alot of upside to him now that he's in New England.


Prime example look at Micheal Irving...never had breakout speed, but good hands and savy to get open, and now with the offence league changes being in the favor of the offence...I think chad will have a better season than last year....I predict 75-85 catches 1085 yards.

I've always liked chad cause he talked the talk and walked the walk......Oocho-slow CHILD PLEASE.




Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Ocho-slow-o

Wow Vince!  Renaldo Nehemiah!  You are going way back--that's showing your age...I actually went to the University of Maryland the same time as Renaldo.  He was like a 60 meter or 100 meter champ in the high hurdles and could run like the wind.  I don't think he did too bad for himself playing for the 49ers.  He did drop passes though.  He was a nice guy at UM.  He had many friends and was always a gentleman.




Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Ocho-slow-o

Pete:  I actually like your columns and have respect for your knowledge and respect of the game of football; however, you should have stuck your foot in your mouth on this one.  My point is I've read over the years how T.O. was a "step slow" etc., before he went to the Eagles and all he did was lead them to a SuperBowl--no to mention playing hurt and still kept them in the game.  I've also read how Randy Moss had "lost a step or two" before he went to the Patriots and he DID lead them to the playoffs and a SuperBowl win.  So please refrain yourself on this one.  If I've seen anything over the years, It's Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson always proving the naysayers wrong.  So let's give him a chance before we bash him.  One thing about CJ is yeah he has a big mouth, but for the most part his headlines are only quotes with the press and antics on the field and not having to explain why he got arrested.  He's kept himself clean from the law and that's probably why Belicheck took him.  He's more interested in having players that are aggressive on the field and not off it.  Live well and safe journey.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Ocho-slow-o

The Patriots give up nothing for a very talented although older Wider Receiver.  Ocho Cinco might be an oddball, but when motivated is still an upper echelon WR.  There is no downside for the Patriots in this move.  This just reinforces the point that Prisco writes article before doing any critical thinking.




Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 10:53 am
 

Ocho-slow-o

Oh please Pete, give us a break. Who should they have gotten, Renaldo Nehamiah? Why wouldn't Chad do better with arguably the best QB in the leagure throwing to him, what are you babbling about?

 

 



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