Bill Belichick doesn't like flashy players with big mouths and attitude concerns. He prefers Danny Woodhead and Troy Brown.
Except for that time he got Corey Dillon. Then Randy Moss. And, now you can add Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco to that list.
With the lockout recently lifted, the Patriots wasted no time at all making a splash. Bob Kraft and Belichick have avoided big name personalities the past few offseasons and instead decided to build through the draft following the Adalius Thomas and Randy Moss experiments.
With a roster filled with promising young players, it seemed to be the right way to go.
So just when we think we know what's going on inside Bill Belichick's mind, he proves us entirely wrong and acquires two superstars with enormous egos. Can you really question someone with his credentials? I don't.
He constantly required a double-team, similar to Vince Wilfork. He was one of the few defensive players who could take over a game. Talented is an understatement.
Don't expect him to be the player he was a few years ago. But you better believe Belichick wouldn't have brought him in if he didn't believe he could motivate him to be an impact player.
It's reasonable to imagine Haynesworth playing more situationally as opposed to a full-time role. Do I still think he can be a disruptive force this season and help the Patriots win games?
Of course I do. As long as he wants to.
Ochocinco, once known as Chad Johnson, is your typical flashy wide receiver who tweets as much as humanly possible.
He changed his name. He tried out for a soccer team during the lockout. He rode a bull. He had a dating show. His fines throughout the years are well documented.
Doesn't sound very Patriot-like, does it?
But we all know he can play and at a very high level.
He is a No. 1 type receiver who draws a large amount of attention from opposing defenses, which can open up opportunities for other Patriot receivers, namely Wes Welker.
With Ochocinco, Rob Grownkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker, Tom Brady now has some nice weapons.
So what does this mean? It means that the Patriots know they can win a Super Bowl this year with the help of a few more players.
They had a great regular season last year, but they did not look like a championship team against the Jets in the playoffs. They were one or two playmakers short.
Well, Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth are certainly playmakers. Among other things. Let the show begin.
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