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Chad Ochocinco Interview Transcript
Q: How's the transition process been so far?
CO: The transition in heaven has been pretty good. It's been fun. Surprisingly, I've caught on to so much material in such a short period of time. That's it; It's been very good.
Q: Are you anxious to get on the field Thursday night versus the Jaguars for the preseason game?
Q: How much have Wes Welker and Deion Branch helped you? Have they eased the transition?
CO: Most definitely. Of course, they've probably made it the easiest with so much verbiage as far as signals and other things in the offense that it's hard for me to get, that Wes and Deion have been able to somewhat catch me up to speed on. I think with those two, including Tom [Brady], they have sped up the process to where I think that even with a game being played very soon, I could probably go out there and play at full speed without having to think.
Q: What's it like working with Tom Brady?
CO: Really cool, really cool. Tom is a special individual, as we all know. I've been a fan of his for so many years – to be able to play with him, words can't really describe that.
Q: Are these preseason games more important to you than they have been in the past because you're trying to assimilate and so much is new?
CO: No, not really. I think what's important for me is practice out here. The better I am out here, the easier it will be for me on Sundays. The preseason is important to a certain extent, but I think most of my quality work comes out here on the field with these guys.
Q: It's still very early in the process, but how can you compare this experience now with what you were asked to do in Cincinnati?
CO: Everything's still the same, boss. Everything's still the same.
Q: How much do you expect to play Thursday versus the Jaguars?
CO: I have no idea. I'm not sure how that works.
Q: How confident do you feel in practice?
CO: Very, very confident. Again, the reason I'm able to have the confidence – the little bit that I do have right now – is because I've been able to consume a lot of information in such a short period of time and I'm able to go with the ones. That's it. I'm very comfortable. I'm nowhere near where I need to be to be a part of this offense in a good way, but I'm on the right track.
Q: What's the toughest part of the adjustment?
CO: Learning the system itself. I come from a numbers system and everything else here is different.
Q: You talked last week about a couple of balls hitting the ground and you said it was part of training camp.
CO: I'm human, right? All of us are human. Balls are going to dropped; its part of the game.
Q: You haven't had as many hit the ground the past few days. What's the difference?
CO: No different.
Q: You've had some adventures since you've been here – you've been to a Red Sox game, wandered around the streets of Boston… <
CO: I got lost a lot, yeah.
Q: What has it been like for you?
CO: It's been fun. I haven't used a GPS purposely – the way I learn a new city is by traveling out, adventuring out [and] getting lost on purpose. This past weekend, I was a little frustrated because I was lost for about an hour, an hour and thirty minutes, and I couldn't get where I needed to. And that's it; Boston, or actually Heaven, has been good.
Q: What do you think of the new city? What has the people's reaction been to you when they see you?
CO: Nothing. People have been fun. A lot of people are not too fond of the Prius that I drive, which I find hard to believe. I'm not sure what that's all about. Other than that, the people have been great. I got to meet a couple of fans at the Red Sox game, I wasn't able to please everybody because I would have to talk to the entire stadium, but it was cool.
Q: Some of your Twitter followers aren't thrilled that you've gotten quieter.
CO: A lot of people are upset and we all know why.
Q: Why exactly?
CO: I'm not going to get into that. You have to do it the ‘Patriot Way', the way things are always done here. One thing about this city, man, and their sports, all they do is win. So that stuff that I did in the past, there's no need for it.
Q: Are you having fun?
Q: Will there be any different feelings Thursday night for the game wearing the Patriots uniform or is it same old, same old?
CO: In a sense, it's the same old, same old, but there's a feeling of comfort wearing this uniform, a feeling of comfort.
Q: Any progress on the home front and finding a place to live?
CO: Not yet. I'm going to do something different – I'm actually going to stay with a fan, probably the first two or three weeks of the season. So that should be fun until I get myself acclimated, I learn my way around and actually just find a place.
Q: What kind of feedback are you getting from Bill O'Brien?
CO: Good. The thing about here, there are not a lot of – which I really like – they don't tell you when you do good. They more so correct you when you mess up. I like that. So you never know where you are, you're always just trying to find a way to perfect your craft, which is cool.
Q: Have you picked the fan that you're going to stay with yet?
CO: No. I'm not sure how many Boston fans I have, but I'll just pick somebody. I'm not sure how it's going to work. They have to have internet and they have to have Xbox and that's about it.
Q: You're serious?
CO: Have I ever lied to you before?
Q: There could be crazy people.
CO: I rode a bull. I'm crazy. Same thing.
Q: It looked like you and Tom Brady were talking a lot after the plays during the scrimmages?
CO: Communication is the key. That's about it. Once we're on the field, there is no talking. I just look in his eyes and that's it and that's how we communicate on the field. It's pretty cool. That's what I like about here. [It's] really, really cool. I don't even know if I'm allowed to say that, but it's cool.
Q: You talked about timing issues the other day, trying to get your timing down, how do you feel you're coming with that?
CO: Good. Everything's really good. Very good. And hopefully you'll see Thursday [vs. Jacksonville].