When the Patriots released Chad Ochocinco, there were comments made about his inability to understand the Patriots playbook.
Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reports that according to a Dolphins team source, when he met with the Dolphins, Ochocinco told them he failed to grasp the Patriots playbook.
“The guy did all but admit that it was a struggle for him mentally, the playbook, all that stuff,’’ the source said. “He didn’t deny that it was a problem for him, learning it up there.’’
He had a good minicamp despite missing most of the offensive installation.
So far, so good. Ochocinco, while not the vertical player of four years ago, still has great foot quickness, can get separation, and can catch the ball. Those are the skills that drew the Patriots to him.
But his inability to learn the precision offense did him in.
The Dolphins are a bit cautious because Ochocinco has missed nearly 80 percent of the offensive installation.
Did Ochocinco not get it with the Patriots because he was incapable mentally? Did he not put the effort in? That will be decided in Miami. He knows this is it for him. If Ochocinco fails, his career is over.