When Chad Ochocinco was released by the New England Patriots few Pats fans were sorry to see him go, after all the big talking and big play-making receiver seemed to have lost the latter ability.
Pats fans had hoped Ochocinco would compliment Wes Welker and provide a deep threat for Tom Brady, instead he was virtually a non factor – as quite on the field as detractors had always wished he'd be off the field. He seemed to have lost his trademark speed and seemed dazed and confused operating in the Pats offense.. However, now that he's signed with the Miami Dolphins I think there's a pretty good chance his tenure in Miami will be a physical and mental improvement over his stint in New England.
As far as the physical goes Ochocinco's new Dolphin teammates have reportedly be impressed with his physical condition and speed. On the mental side a new report has surfaced that says Ochocinco admitted to not understanding the Patriots playbook. An un-identified source with the Dolphins organization told Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe that Ochocinco admitted to not understanding the Patriots playbook when he met with the Dolphins.
"The guy did all but admit that it was a struggle for him mentally, the playbook, all that stuff,'' the source told Bedard. "He didn't deny that it was a problem for him, learning it up there.''
While Patriots fans will be justifiably angered at this admission by Ochocinco I see at as good news for the Dolphins. After all it means that his struggles last year weren't all due to declining physical ability – the Dolphins coaching staff can work to address Ochocinco's mental mistakes a lot easier than it would be for them to will him to reverse the effects of aging on his body. If the Dolphins coaching staff takes his lack of understanding of the Pats offense into consideration and spends time making sure he's grasped their offensive concepts, Ochocinco could play a big a role in Miami's offense.
Initially I thought the signing of Ochocinco by the Fins was a good risk free move, the Dolphins are in need of good receivers. Although he reportedly signed for $2 million, Ochocinco, will have to perform at a high level to earn that. To begin with I thought signing him was worth shot and but that the Dolphins would cut him after paying him only a fraction of that two million, now I'm thinking he might earn all of it and regain some measure of his old form as a playmaker.
What do you think? Was signing Chad Ochocinco a good idea for The Dolphins?