Friday, July 29, 2011

New England Patriots


I was listening to 98.5 The Sports Hub's Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti when I heard them break the news, or should I say Dave the Intern break the news, over Twitter, that Chad Ochocinco(notes) was coming to New England. This was well before a reliable source confirmed the trade but that's all irrelevant now because the fact is Chad Ochocinco is playing home in Gillette Stadium this season.
This is great news and I couldn't be happier with the move. Let's get real here Ochocinco is a dynamic player and as long as he realizes he won't be top man on the totem pole, he'll be a great fit in New England.

Sharing receptions shouldn't be much of a problem for Ochocinco either as he did it with Terrell Owens(notes) last season and even though it was one of his lower performing seasons he still managed to go 14 games for 831 yards and 4 TDs. With Tom Brady(notes) as quarterback I have to assume Ochocinco's receptions will be just that more productive too.

The Patriots passing game is just that much better with Ochocinco. Brady adds another player to his long list of wide receivers, tight ends, and set of running backs he can look to this season. I think the Patriots will certainly be a threat to any secondary including the New York Jets.

Chad Ochocinco and Bill Belichick

There is also an undoubted growing bond between Bill Belichick and Ochocinco. Since about 2009 both have expressed interest about playing on the same side of the field and this is finally their chance to show their potential chemistry.

What I've noticed is that Ochocinco knows that Belichick means business and he respects that. This is why I believe Ochocinco's flashy antics won't be visible on the field. Off the field, that's a different story. There's really more to tweet about in New England than in Ohio. Just ask Shaq about his acts of Shaqness.

Kiss the Baby, Ochocinco in New England

I'm excited about this trade and believe that Chad Ochocinco is a right fit, especially considering the low-end draft picks the Patriots gave up for him. Call me an over the top Patriots fan but I just can't wait for this season to kickoff. Someone needs to make a "Kiss the Baby, Ochocinco in New England!" t-shirt.

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