Making his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, Patriots quarterback talked about the difficulties new wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is facing in trying to pick up the team's offensive system, and how the wideout is progressing. (To listen to the entire interview, click here.)
"With Deion [Branch] and Wes [Welker], I've played with them now for so long, they know exactly what I'm thinking and why I'm thinking it. WIth Chad he's been in a certain place for a long time and he has his … the way he has played the game has been quite a bit different from the way we play the game," Brady said. "I think a lot of that is just trying to get him to understand what I'm thinking so we can always be on the same page because there's a lot of things that happen in the game that don't happen in practice. You can do your best to simulate it, but at the end of the day you have to play together, and you have to practice together, and throw the ball and make mistakes so you can make corrections. It's really been a crash course in that because we never have played together and a lot of it is trying to get the point where he's really comfortable out there and I'm comfortable so we can play with a lot of confidence with one another.
"He's doing as good as you could hope. It's like an entirely new language. What he was doing in Cincinnati is very different than the way we do it here. It's really a crash course. We've been at it for just over 2 1/2 weeks. You have to basically get rid of all the information he had to learn going on his 10th year and learn something new in two weeks. It's certainly not easy but he's a hard worker, he wants to do it, he's very competitive and it's fun to be out there with him because he wants the ball, he wants to practice and he wants to be out there and do it right because he really wants us to be able to rely on him."
Along with Brady, Ochocinco didn't play in the Patriots' preseason opener against Jacksonville Thursday night.
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