The Miami Dolphins don’t have a whole lot left to do with their roster before the 2012 season. Sure, they still have to sign Ryan Tannehill, Olivier Vernon, and Michael Egnew…but those contracts should be done in the next couple of weeks. All that’s really left for Jeff Ireland and the Dolphins front office, is to find ‘acorns’ that are cut from other NFL teams. In my humble opinion, Chad Johnson Ochocino should NOT be one of the acorns the Dolphins sign.
According to reports, Ochocinco will workout with the Dolphins sometime this week. Coincidentally, the Dolphins are holding a 3 day OTA, beginning today. Ochocinco is a personality, no doubt about it. BUT, is he still a good football player? If his 15 catches in 2012 with the New England Patriots is any indication……no, he’s not a good football player any longer. I mean the guy averaged less than 1 catch a game WITH TOM BRADY AS HIS QUARTERBACK!! How is that possible? I think the guy that sells popcorn at Foxboro caught at least 2 balls a game.
According to the Boston Globe, sources indicate that Ochocinco does not have a very high football IQ. Because of this, he struggled to pick up the complex Patriots offense and route tree. If a receiver doesn’t know what route to run, it is difficult for the coaches to put him on the field because it messes up the flow of the rest of the offense. Here’s a quote from the Globe’s story:
“According to multiple sources, he just doesn’t have the football I.Q. that he appeared to have while with the Bengals. The Patriots would literally tell him to run a route a certain way, and a minute later he would run it the other way. It happened all the time.”
I remember seeing stories of Chad sleeping at the Bengals facility, showing he is a motivated and dedicated football player. Perhaps he was there doing extra studying just to stay on par with teammates. Ochocinco is a South Florida native and has lobbied in recent years for the Dolphins to sign him. Personally, I hope he doesn’t get his wish because I don’t see Chad as a difference maker anymore. If the Dolphins were to sign Chad it would leave one less roster spot for one of their young receivers. I’m not going to tell you that the young receivers will be great…or even good, but at least see what the kids have. Ochocinco, even if he is a fraction of what he used to be, is only a short term fix. Instead, why not see what the Dolphins young receivers can offer. I think the Dolphins should just say NO to Ochocinco.
Now, you and I both know that what I think really doesn’t matter. In fact, rumors are circulating on Twitter this morning that Chad could sign with the Dolphins within the next 24-48 hours. Will I be thrilled by this? Obviously not, if you read the above article! If the Dolphins do end up signing Chad, I’ll obviously root for him and hope he can bring something to the team. Even if he can’t bring a knowledge of the offense, he could bring experience at the WR position. Chad could help teach the young receivers how to beat press coverage, technique, etc. Who knows, we’ll see what happens! Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comment section below.