Tedy Bruschi is wrong
The biggest New England Patriots story in the past 24 hours are comments that former Patriots and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi has made towards current wide receiver, Chad Ochocinco.
Again, former Patriot – current Patriots. We’ll get to that in a moment.
It’s no secret that Chad Ochocinco loves to tweet. His twitter account is one the most followed among football players. He does it because he loves his fans and it’s his way to stay connected to them. This whole beef (if we can call it that) began when Chad Ochocino made the following tweet when the Patriots got in late into New England from Miami.
“Just waking up after a late arrival, I’ve never seen a machine operate like that n person, to see video game numbers put up n person was WOW.”
Breaking it down we see two things. The first thing is the common misconception about the “Late arrival” line. The Patriots got in late from Miami and Chad woke up the next day. He wasn’t late into the stadium because if I’m not mistaken, Tuesday is the common “off day” in the NFL. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there is any reason for him to come into the stadium because it is in fact his off day.
The second thing is the subject of his tweet. The subject of his tweet is Tom Brady, or in this case “a machine”. Tom Brady was a machine on Monday night when he put up his career high 517 yards passing. Coming from a fan watching at home, it did look like a video game. Nothing he did seemed to be wrong and it was an absolute sight to behold. Chad shares those thoughts.
The controversy came up when Tedy Bruschi went on sports radio WEEI in Boston to talk about the game and made the following comment:
“You’re not an analyst. You’re a part of it. They want you to be a part of it. So get with the program because obviously you’re not getting it and you’re tweeting because you’re saying, ‘It’s amazing to see’? It’s amazing to see because you don’t understand it. You still don’t understand it and it’s amazing to you because you can’t get it.”
Breaking this comment down, it sounds like Tedy Bruschi’s anger is coming because Chad is in awe of the absolutely amazing performance from Tom Brady.
What? What is there to be angry about? Tedy is flat-out wrong in saying that this tweet was a problem.
Look, Chad Ochocinco is definitely not the only person on the team that thought that Tom Brady’s performance was absolutely incredible. Chad is just the only one that made his thoughts public. This wasn’t just any old performance. That was a historical regular season performance for the ages. Chad Ochocinco isn’t allowed to say how awesome it was to be a part of, how awesome it was to see him do his thing knowing that it’s his teammate putting that up?
Think about it this way. If Tedy Bruschi was still with the organization, do you think if he was asked about it he would brush it off as “no big deal”? Probably not, but that’s exactly what Tedy is saying. He’s basically saying that Chad should treat it like no big deal, like quarterbacks just go ahead and throw for 500 yards and four touchdowns every week like it’s a game of Madden. It’s hypocritical because he would 100% talk about how awesome that performance was in a press conference.
Which is where we get to the topic of current vs. former player. Tedy Bruschi, you aren’t on this team anymore. I know it’s your job to criticize players and break down the game as an analyst, but watch yourself before you bite off more than you can chew. You don’t know what is going in that Patriots locker room. For all you know, Chad is continuing to work every day in order to become more involved in the offense and doing whatever he can do to become a bigger part.
Who cares if Chad was in awe of an awesome performance from TFB? He has the right to be because it was awe-inspiring and he was happy to be a part of it.
I know I would be.