Chad Ochocinco was released by the New England Patriots because he couldn’t learn the playbook enough to earn his way on to the football field and make an impact. Surprisingly, it had nothing to do with his typical off the field antics, but rather the fact that he wasn’t worthy of earning a spot on the roster with the rest of the wide receivers. He looked like a player who could no longer get the job done in the National Football League.
But when you have teams such as the Miami Dolphins in the league, nothing is ever exactly what it appears to be in terms of reality versus perception.
The reality among many teams in the league is that Ochocinco was done. Apparently, the perception in Miami is different. At least from a standpoint of what Ochocinco can do for the Dolphins, more particular from a public relations aspect.
Ochocinco may not catch many passes this season from either Matt Moore, David Garrard or Ryan Tannehill. He may not get to celebrate that often in the endzone with one of his classic skits. But he will accomplish something that no other player on the Dolphins will be able to do this year in South Beach.
He will keep them relevant.
Not from a competitive standpoint. That is a near impossibility. The Dolphins are destined for last place in the AFC East for at least the next couple of seasons, barring multiple drastic injuries to the three other teams who they will be chasing and staring up at in the standings.
But Ochocinco will help keep the Dolphins in the news for media reasons. That is more important to owner Stephen Ross. He cares about making headlines off the gridiron more than he does putting a winning product on the field. He has proven that time and time again, with featuring his team on Hard Knocks being his latest and greatest exploit.
Still don’t believe me? Take a look at the latest tweet from Ochocinco.
Doesn’t exactly seem like a player who has his priorities straight. Not from a NFL standpoint. And keep in mind, ever since I watched Ochocinco on Hard Knocks a few years back as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, I am actually a fan of his. I hope things work out for him. He is certainly entertaining.
But this move was not done from a talent perspective. Anyone who is foolish enough to believe that will be extremely disappointed with the overall numbers in South Beach this upcoming season.