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.