As predicted, veteran wide receiver Chad Ochocinco will hold a tryout for an NFL team next week. First up, the Miami Dolphins according to several sources, but is Ochocinco a good fit for the Miami Dolphins? It certainly would be for Ochocinco as he can escape the snowy confines of Gillette Stadium and spend his time on the sands of South Beach. He’ll love the fact that HBO’s Hard Knocks will be filming the Dolphins training camp as will the network, but is this the right move for the Dolphins?
There is no harm in the Dolphins working Ochocinco out. The team is in serious need of a veteran receiver. The veteran on the Dolphins staff is Legedu Naanee, who posted his career best last season with the Carolina Panthers, 44 receptions for 467 yards and one score. The Dolphins have Brian Hartline on the roster, who has a career 15.3 yards per reception average, but only five touchdowns in three seasons. Davone Bess figures in the mix for the Dolphins and has been productive for Miami, recording 79 receptions in 2010.
However, in what was considered a deep draft at the receiver position this past April, the Dolphins skipped over pass catchers until the 227th pick of the draft. In the seventh-round, Miami selected Rishard Matthews out of Nevada.
Miami just got rid of a veteran, moody, temperamental pass catcher when they shipped Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears. At this point in their careers, Marshall is a much more productive receiver.
Ochocinco was a model citizen while he was in New England, but he was playing under head coach Bill Belichick. How will rookie head coach Joe Philbin deal with Ochocinco, a player which will likely be distracted by the goings on on South Beach. Ochocinco did not open his mouth once last season about the quarterback play of the Patriots. How could he? He had Tom Brady throwing the football. How long before Ochocinco starts throwing tantrums in post game interviews over the play of rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill?
But even if you take Ochocinco’s antics out of the equation, the bigger question has to be in regards to his skills and whether or not he will fit the Miami offensive scheme. He might show up and have an incredible workout, but will he fit into a West Coast offense? His understanding of the Patriots playbook was called into question after his release. His former teammate, T.J. Houshmandzadeh told reporters he used to have to tell Ochocinco where to line up on the field when they were in Cincinnati together.
The Patriots offense required precise route running as does the offense which the Dolphins are putting in place and that is not Ochocinco’s skill.
Chad took to his favorite venue, Twitter, to proclaim he’d love to play for the Dolphins. At this point in his career, he’d likely be glad to play for anyone. Ochocinco also reported on Twitter that he was going to be working out with Terrell Owens. “Sliding on the field with @terrellowens for a quick 2 hour workout session.”Could a reunion of the dynamic duo be in the making?
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross loves star power, but do the Dolphins really need the distraction that Ochocinco would bring? He was just one of the guys while he was in New England, but you can bet he’ll want to be the center of attention in Miami.