Oh Chad Ochocinco, Where Did You Go?

Nathan PalcowskiContributor IIIJanuary 30, 2012

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Chad Ochocinco #85 of the New England Patriots walks off the field with his head down against the Denver Broncos on December 18, 2011 during the first half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. The New England Patriots won the game 41-23. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
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Super Bowl XLVI is upon every NFL fan. The New York Giants face-off against the New England Patriots once again.  But before the opening kick-off, many things happen during the week.  A favorite for many reporters is Media Day on Tuesday. 

This year, Media Day will be interesting, as one of the most outspoken, Twitter-using players in NFL history will be on the podium. And the fact that nobody knows he is even there is a crying shame. 

Chad Ochocinco. 

Yes that's right, some people forgot that he even played in the NFL anymore.  But as quiet as he has been the whole season, he is on a team that has a great chance of winning a Super Bowl. 

But where did the outspoken, tweeting, fine-accruing Chad Ochocinco go?  I used to love his crazy antics of scoring a touchdown and then having a crazy celebration that ultimately got him fined. 

I loved the Chad that tried to tweet during the game and did so when he wasn't supposed to. 

The Chad that used to do all of that stuff is now really quiet and practically ineffective on the New England Patriots.  It just seems wrong in the NFL world.

This year for the Patriots, Ochocinco had a dismal 15 receptions for 278 yards, and one lonely touchdown against the Denver Broncos.  How can a receiver that has one of the greatest quarterbacks to every play the game in Tom Brady, have such pathetic numbers?

Granted, I understand that you can't be perfectly proficient in the Patriots' offense in just one year.  But throughout a 16-game season, Ochocinco should have been able to figure something out. 

I also understand that Brady had other weapons like the "Gronk," Wes Welker and Deion Branch.  But damn, Brady throws the ball at least 40 times a game, you think just one could go to Chad. 

It's really disappointing how much Ochocinco has changed to be a New England Patriot.  Yes, it might bring him his only Super Bowl championship, but is it worth it when you have to change your entire personality?

I wish all the best to Chad Ochocinco in the future, as I think this will be his last year in the league after he wins the Super Bowl. 

But I will truly miss the Chad that was the flamboyant, league-leading wide receiver.