Chad Ochocinco Will Be the David Tyree of Super Bowl XLVI

Nathan PalcowskiContributor IIIFebruary 2, 2012

Ochocinco and one of his lonely 15 catches this season
Ochocinco and one of his lonely 15 catches this seasonPatrick McDermott/Getty Images

Much of the headlines for Super Bowl XLVI and the New England Patriots is the offense. The tight ends, Aaron Hernandez and Rob "The Gronk" Gronkowski. The future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. The plethora of possession receivers like Deion Branch and Wes Welker.

But there is one thing that is not getting much hype and that should scare the hell out of the Patriots. Their defense. The New England Patriots defense could quite possibly be the worst defense to ever play in a Super Bowl, which is surprising coming from head coach Bill Belichek.

There's no doubt that Super Bowl XLVI is going to be a close game against the New York Giants. The Giants are peaking at the right time, and it has propelled them to the Super Bowl. The "elite" quarterback play of Eli Manning and the defense has been outstanding.

So when the game becomes close, who is Tom Brady going to go to? He has many receivers that know how to get open, but will there be another, say, David Tyree moment?

The moment where in the final minutes of the Super Bowl and the New England Patriots need a play. That's when the David Tyree moment happens. But who? What receiver could step up and make a huge play?

How about the receiver that has been quiet throughout the whole season with only 15 receptions for 247 yards and one touchdown: Chad Ochocinco.

Ochocinco has barely seen the field this year and quite frankly has been quiet and stripped of his personality since he became a New England Patriot. But Ochocinco is still a big-time receiver that can show up in a big games.

And what bigger game to show up in, than the Super Bowl?

Why Ochocinco can be the next David Tyree? Because when the Patriots are down three with a final two-minute drive put in the hands of Tom Brady, the Patriots are going to be in a five wide receiver set—an opportunity for Chad Ochocinco to see the field.

Ochocinco is still Ochocinco. Though he may be older and might be just a little bit slower, Ochocinco still has the veteran play-making ability.

Many people don't even know that Ochocinco is on the Patriots. That's how irrelevant he has been this season and in the playoffs.  So for Ochocinco, his moment for the Patriots will come in the Super Bowl and will be a part of a big final drive play.