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Chad Ochocinco Not a Problem for New England Patriots, Bill Belichick Yet

FOXBOROUGH, MA  - JULY 29:  Tom Brady #12 and Chad Ochocinco of the New England Patriots chat during training camp at Gillette Stadium on July 29, 2011 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Clay DefayetteCorrespondent IIIOctober 18, 2016

The "Patriot Way."

There is no simple definition to this yet there is no denying that it exists. Many see it as how current and former Patriot greats go about their business. It's supposed to mean not drawing attention to oneself ahead of the team.

To contrary belief, Chad Ochocinco has yet to conflict with this manner. For Chad "Johnson" to fall into line, it doesn't involve hiding his personality at all costs. It also doesn't mean deleting his Twitter account. The only Twitter restrictions Chad will have to follow now is not tweeting during games or team practices. That's a rule that the NFL enforces anyway. The steps that involve being a part of the organization's ways are steps that Chad has once taken in his career.

Last season saw Chad take some steps back into being somewhat of a professional. Hosting a terrible show with Terrell Owens was not ideal to say the least. The two receivers talked about teams around the league and that will not happen under Bill Belichick. Sideline antics against Carson Palmer when the Bengals are on Monday Night Football will not be tolerated under this organization. End zone celebrations have been taken from Ochocinco years ago.

Chad announcing that he'll live with a fan in the Foxborough area will not be a problem for the coach. Would Belichick rather be asked about team strategy and the injury report or about where his receiver will be living? He won't be thrilled either way. The coach would rather have the media turn and view an irrelevant topic that doesn't involve how the team goes about its business preparing for their Sunday opponent.

Everyone will know soon enough if Chad is in sync with the team's morals. When Brady chews out Chad on the sideline for an incorrect or poorly run route, Chad must remain calm unlike in previous years. When more passes are thrown to Welker and Branch because of favorable match ups, Chad's mind must be on the big picture rather than personal statistics. Chad has taken a pay cut that will mean he'll earn $1 million this year. Bet on Chad being a player who can see the light at the end of the tunnel; that light being a championship and the tunnel the end of his career.

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