When it was announced this offseason that Chad Ochocinco would be traded to the New England Patriots, opinions on how it would play out varied.
Many thought that Ochocinco's career may be revived now that he was catching passes from Tom Brady. They thought that Bill Belichick would straighten out any of the antics that Ochocinco had taken part in during his stint with the Bengals and turn him in to a model citizen.
Others were not so optimistic. They saw a receiver who was past his physical prime and was more worried about his Twitter followers than his route running skills.
It appears the latter were on the right track.
There have been no reports that No. 85 has been lazy or trouble in the locker room. In fact, he has already had teammates support him when he was criticized by former Patriot Tedy Bruschi.
The main issue with Ochocinco has been his inability to catch on to the Patriots complex play calling system. With the short offseason, he was unable to get a full training camp, which may have hurt his ability to catch on to the system.
His lack of knowledge stands out on the field. Several times, we've seen quarterback Tom Brady have to walk out to Ochocinco to explain the call.
Ochocinco's absence in crucial game situations like hurry up offense or goal line formations show his severe lack of knowledge. It is clear head coach Bill Belichick doesn't trust his newest receiver to come through in these important situations.
What Should the Patriots Do With Ochocinco?
If the on field evidence isn't enough, simply look at Ochocinco's statistics.
He only has nine receptions for 136 yards.
He hasn't caught a pass since Week 5 against the New York Jets. For a player that prides himself on his public image, he has had no issues disappearing the past few weeks.
We are now heading in to the halfway point of the season. He has yet to have one game with noticeable improvement. His lack of playbook understanding is so bad that he can't even earn the opportunity to have an impact on the game.
As much as Patriot fans had hoped that Chad Ochocinco would be the key to bringing back similar offensive success that was seen with the 2007 Patriots, it just isn't the case.
Ochocinco is not Randy Moss.
In fact, he isn't even Chad Ochocinco anymore.
He is simply a huge bust.