Just got a scouting report on Chad Ochocinco, and this one isn't from someone in the Patriots' organization or someone who studied him on film. It's from someone who coached the guy, and his take on the Ochocinco-to-New England move dovetails with most everyone else.
"He's going to the perfect place," he said. "It's the best possible place for him because he will fear the people there, and they have the right guys to keep him in place."
Reports indicated the Bengals gained two "late-round picks" in return, but a source close to the team on Friday told me those picks are fifth and sixth-rounders -- a price that made the Bengals comfortable. So, let's see if I have this straight, the Patriots paid a fourth-rounder for Randy Moss and a fifth-and-sixth for Chad Ochocinco? That's a lot of talent, without a lot of loss.
We know what Tom Brady did for Moss after his short stint in Oakland. The question: Can he do the same for Ochocinco? I mean, the guy is 33 and failed to produce 1,000 yards in catches two of the past three years. So what, exactly, are the Patriots getting?
"He's still quick, and he can still separate," said the coach. "My question is how he plays without any courage, and, by that, I mean he won't run routes over the middle. I just don't know how you flip on a switch and get that going again. But the atmosphere will be so important for him. He's going to want to succeed."
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