Former Patriots receiver Tedy Bruschi, now an analyst for ESPN, ripped into newly acquired Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco, who tweeted his admiration for quarterback Tom Brady after his record-setting 517-yard, four touchdown performance against the Dolphins on Monday night.
The morning after Brady led the Patriots to their opening-game victory, Ochocinco tweeted: "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 in person was WOW"
Bruschi laced into Ochocinco in an appearance on WEEI radio in Boston.
"Drop the awe factor, OK, Ocho, Chad, drop the awe factor," Bruschi said, via Tom Curran of CSN. "You're not a fan, all right? You're not someone who's on another team or watching TV. 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."
There was more.
"Stop tweeting and get in your playbook," Bruschi said. "Wake up! If you're just waking up now - I don't know when this was, six minutes ago? - get out your bed and get to the stadium and watch some film if you still think its amazing. If you're in it and you know what you're doing and you execute out there you don't think it's amazing. You know why? Because it's what you're supposed to do. All of a sudden it's second nature. 'I know i was supposed do that, yes I went 99 yards, I threw for 517 you know why? Because we're that good and that's what we're supposed to do and that's what I thought we were gonna do.' You are still in awe to be a member of the New England Patriots offense. Join the system, buddy. "
And still more.
"They need him to be a part of that jaw-dropping offense. Close your mouth. Put your hand under your chin and close your jaw. Then open your eyes and watch some film. That's what you need to do. If you're still in awe that means you don't get it because you don't understand it."
Will be interesting to see Ochocinco's reaction to this one, especially after Ochocinco's continuing struggles to adapt to the Patriots' offense. He barely played against the Dolphins, and finished with just one catch for 14 yards.