After seeing playoff-week Brady, Ocho asked: 'Is Tom OK?'
By Marc Sessler NFL.com
Published: Jan. 13, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.
Updated: Jan. 13, 2012 at 12:58 p.m.
Chad Ochocinco (remember him?) is embroiled in his first playoff week as a member of the Patriots and -- from the sounds of it -- he's a babe in the woods.
Ocho reached the postseason twice during his 10-year stint in Cincy, but sharing the building with an amped-up Tom Brady has served as yet another lesson why the Patriots, not the Bengals, are in the playoffs for the ninth time since 2001.
"I was like, 'Is Tom OK?' You know, he's intense, but this was like a whole new thing, man. They were like, 'It's that time of the year, you just have to understand,' " Ochocinco told Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports this week.
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"I've been around a lot of really competitive people and I've had Carson Palmer and Jon Kitna as my quarterbacks. You know that quarterbacks are a little different. They have to act a little different because of the position. But Tom has taken that to a whole different level."
Cole recounts a recent exchange between Brady and a reporter, who asked how long it took the quarterback to get over last season's playoff loss to the Jets.
"I don't know," he said. "I don't remember."
It's clear Brady has something to prove against Denver on Saturday after two straight one-and-done postseason appearances. Much was made of his sideline tiff with offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien against the Redskins, but the tweaking, the correcting, the constant prodding of teammates is nothing unusual.
"That stuff happens every day," Ochocinco said. “Every ... single ... day. That's what it's like around here. Everybody is pushing for perfection and they're pushing hard. I've never seen anything like it in my whole career. You understand why this team is where it is. ... Tom is on you about the littlest things, that you were a step off where you should be or the angle is wrong or whatever it is. Really, he has me walking on eggshells and I haven't done that since I was a rookie."